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SCDTP Studentship - Assessing wetland dependencies and management effects to inform sustainable resource management

Environmental Change & Sustainability

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £15009
(19/20 UKRI rate)
Closing Date:  Tuesday 18 June 2019
Reference:  1079018WR

Assessing wetland dependencies and management effects to inform sustainable resource management

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:

Dr Marije Schaafsma (UoS – environmental economics), Dr Rebecca Spake (UoS - ecosystem services), Dr Booker Ogutu (UoS - remote sensing), Dr Ishmael Kosamu (University of Malawi - natural resource governance).

This interdisciplinary project aims to inform the design of governance arrangements of a wetland of international importance in Malawi. The analysis of livelihood dependencies, local preferences and past experiences with wetland management in Malawi will provide insight into wetland governance arrangements that contribute to local livelihoods and sustainable resource use.

Skills Required

  • Undergraduate degree in relevant subject, such as Geography, (Environmental) Economics, Environmental Science, Demography
  • Keen interest in sustainability science and in conducting interdisciplinary research
  • Keen interest in conducting quantitative analysis as well as using qualitative methods
  • Experience using (R) statistical software; experience with GIS is a plus.


South Coast DTP Funding provides an annual maintenance grant (tax free) of £15,009 (2019/20 UKRI rate), plus payment of all programme fees.  Other funding available for SCDTP funded students can be found on the SCDTP website (

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

Application Procedure

The closing date and time for applications is 4.00pm on 18th June 2019.  The full application procedure, the funding application form, and more information on the South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership can be found at:

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

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

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