Undertake research in one of three areas below or pursue an inter-disciplinary project by drawing upon expertise in cognate fields such as biological sciences and social sciences.
Environmental change Climate and environmental change from the mid-Pleistocene to late Holocene; environmental reconstruction using luminescence dating, tephrochronology, pollen analysis; fluvial geomorphology; river channel dynamics using GIS; human impact on sensitive environments; wetland management; species' response to climate change; conservation ecology. Research in this area is promoted by the Centre for Environmental Change and Quaternary Research (CRCQR), and environmental reconstruction activities are supported by our Cheltenham Geochronological Laboratories.
Urban issues, globalisation and development The cultural geography of cities; community development and regeneration; social housing; public policy responses to climate change; the city in the developing world including urban and peri-urban agriculture; migration and transnational identities; democracy in global governance; the global impact of organised crime; representation, development and change in Africa; food production, distribution and marketing in developing countries.
Pedagogic research Effective teaching and learning; inclusive education; education for sustainable development; student volunteering; use of new technologies in teaching; the student experience.
- An Honours degree of upper second class or above from a UK/EC university, or equivalent qualification, is normally required in a relevant subject area
- In exceptional circumstances, we will consider applications from non-graduates with experience of undertaking research or graduates who wish to work in a new subject area
- Initial registration is usually for MPhil or MRes or MA/MSc by Research with the possibility of transfer to PhD. Candidates with a Master’s degree in a relevant subject that contains appropriate research methods training may register for PhD directly
See the further details of tuition fees when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.
Dr. Phillip Toms
Academic Subject Leader in Environmental Sciences
"Phillip lectures on physical geography, leads the Environmental Sciences Group and is Director of the School’s luminescence dating laboratory. He specialises in Quaternary Science studying environments of the past 2.58 million years, the interval within which modern humans and that provides one of the best analogues for understanding future climate change. He uses the luminescence of minerals to date past environmental changes and hominin evolution, dispersal and occupation."
- Hall, Tim and McGuinness, Mark and Parker, Charlotte and Toms, Phillip (2017-11-02) Student experiences of multidisciplinarity in the undergraduate geography curriculum. Journal of Geography in Higher Education, pp.1-18. ISSN 0309-8265.
- Williams, Alan N and Burrow, Adrian and Toms, Phillip and Brown, Oliver and Richards, Michelle and Bryant, Tessa (2017-09-02) The Cranebrook Terrace revisited: recent excavations of an early Holocene alluvial deposit on the banks of the Nepean River, NSW, and their implications for future work in the region. Australian Archaeology, 83 (3), pp.100-109. ISSN 0312-2417.
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Dr. Sam Scott
Senior Lecturer in Geography
"Sam’s research interests focus on labour migration and workplace exploitation. He has worked at the Universities of Sheffield, Liverpool, Bristol and Exeter; has studied at the University of Sheffield and the Sorbonne in Paris; and has extensive experience of research consultancy (public and private sector) as well as working in both Geography and Social Policy Departments. Sam’s teaching interests centre on population geography, social geography, international migration, qualitative methods and geographical fieldwork."
Dr. Rachel Bennett
Senior Lecturer in Human Geography
"I am a Lecturer in Human Geography, specialising in quantitative methods and population health and ageing. Prior to joining Gloucestershire, she worked as a Research Fellow and later a Lecturer at Southampton University. Her recent research has focused on gender and wellbeing amongst older people globally, family migration dynamics in South Africa and resilience amongst older people in Kenya."
- Zaidi, Asghar and Bennett, Rachel and Sumner, Rachel C (2017-10-31) The Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing:
Where is Eastern Europe and Central Asia region fifteen years later?
- Bennett, Rachel (2017-01-11) Mean Streets: Migration, Xenophobia and Informality in South Africa. J.Crush, A.Chikanda and C.Skinner (eds.), Southern African Migration Project, the African Centre for Cities and the International Development Research Centre (Cape Town, South Africa), 2015. No. of pages: x?+?287, Price: $35.00. ISBN: 9781920596118.. Population, Space and Place, 23 (1) ISSN 15448444.
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Develop your skills in research methods through dedicated modules
Research students who have not already completed a relevant Masters degree or other appropriate postgraduate research methods training will benefit from the university's research methods training modules: Philosophy and Approaches to Research and Methodologies and Methods.
Focus your research in one subject or undertake an inter-disciplinary project
Undertake research in Geography and Environmental Sciences or pursue an inter-disciplinary project by drawing upon expertise in cognate fields such as Biological Sciences and Social Sciences.