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SCDTP Studentship - Why is small scale agriculture unsustainable in Odisha, India?

School of Geography &Environmental Science

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £14777
(18/19 UKRI rate)
Closing Date:  Thursday 24 January 2019
Reference:  1078618WR


Why is small scale agriculture unsustainable in Odisha, India?

A fully funded studentship awarded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership (SCDTP) commencing in 2019/20 Academic Year.

Supervisory Team:

Professor Jadu Dash (j.dash@soton.ac.uk) (SoGES, FELS); Professor Emma Tompkins (SoGES, FELS)

The project benefits from the supervisors experience and contacts in the study area and builds upon on previous successful collaborations between Dash (PI ‘PREFUS’. 2014-2017) (remote sensing, advanced quantitative methods) and Tompkins (co-I ‘DECCMA’, 2014-2018 (human geography).

Recent work in Odisha, India by the two supervisors (Dash and Tompkins) has highlighted the crushing impact on rural agricultural households of chronic poverty, social-cultural systems and repeated cycles of damaging natural hazards (Duncan et al., 2017a). Previous work highlights that both land use and government policy towards land use and land tenure influences farmers’ choices in Odisha. What remains unclear is why small scale agriculture has been and continues to be unsustainable. The aim of this research is investigate why and to what extent households in Odisha are choosing to allow land to become barren, and what this means for future sustainability of agriculture in Odisha? The project uses mixed methods, combining remotely sensed data and in-depth interviews with rural agricultural households to understand the extent of problem and decision processes that lead to land becoming barren.

Skills Required

The project will use mixed methods, combining remotely sensed data and in-depth interviews with rural agricultural households to understand the extent of problem and decision processes that lead to land becoming barren. Expected skills: quantitative methods, remote sensing and qualitative data analysis.

Funding

South Coast DTP Funding provides an annual maintenance grant (tax free) of £14777 (2018/19 UKRI rate), plus payment of all programme fees.  Other funding available for SCDTP funded students can be found on the SCDTP website (www.southcoastdtp.ac.uk).

Funding is provided for 3 years full-time PhD study (pro-rata for part-time students).  Applications for 1+3 funding for students completing a Master's year prior to the commencement of PhD study are also welcome (details available at www.southcoastdtp.ac.uk).

Application Procedure

The closing date and time for applications is 11.59pm on 24th January 2019.  The full application procedure, the funding application form, and more information on the South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership can be found at: http://southcoastdtp.ac.uk/apply/

For further information about this project, please contact the lead supervisor detailed above.  For questions relating to the application procedure, or for more information about the SCDTP, please visit the SCDTP website or contact us at scdtp@soton.ac.uk


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