IRIS PhD Studentships 2009 

Applications are invited for a three year research studentship (£13,270 pa plus PhD tuition fees) to undertake a PhD at the University of Gloucestershire. The studentship will be supervised by Professor Walid El Ansari and Professor Daniella Tilbury.  It is anticipated that the position will commence in October 2009.

In the perspective of persisting global patterns of poverty and inequality, along with emerging issues like the impact of climate change and the current financial crisis, sustainable development is one of the central challenges facing the world today. Changing individuals and changing communities towards sustainability and sustainable lifestyles is at the centre of responses to the economic and environmental challenges. As a powerful motor for change, social science research has a decisive role to play in bringing the global change of mindset and behaviours needed to advance further towards the goal of sustainable development.

The studentship is available to conduct research into sustainable development within the areas of emotional, mental, physical and social wellbeing of individuals and/or communities. The thrust of the work would focus on human responses rather than the technological solutions to sustainability. This includes, but is not exclusive to, studies into the relationships between well being and sustainable development and how the public perceives such relationships; the characteristics of individuals and the features of organisations exhibiting high ‘sustainability’ awareness and ‘Well Being’ indices; the development, introduction and monitoring of ‘sustainable development and well being’ concepts in curricula of health and social care higher education programmes and courses; or developing indicators for monitoring and evaluation of the implementation of education for sustainable development in higher education and continuing professional education. It is anticipated that the study will adopt an interdisciplinary and participatory approach to research and investigate both process and outcomes.

The successful candidate would be joining a community of research students in the Faculty of Sport, Health and Social Care in Gloucester, and the International Research Institute in Sustainability (IRIS) in Cheltenham.  Although the research student will be based at the University of Gloucestershire’s Oxstalls Campus in Gloucester, the successful candidate will be required to work closely with the IRIS Team in Cheltenham. To find out more about IRIS current research and research students please visit www.glos.ac.uk/iris.

The Faculty would welcome applications from individuals who have the following qualifications, interests or experience:

  • first or upper second class degree (or equivalent) in a related subject area, e.g., health (promotion/psychology/science); public health; community development; human geography; social policy or change; psychology; physical education; environmental management/science; education and learning
  • a postgraduate degree in a related subject area (as outlined above)
  • an interest, or ideally experience, in sustainability, sustainable development and lifestyles or well being research

You should complete an application form, including your (2 page) research proposal, and an equal opportunities monitoring form. Please also include evidence (scan, photocopy) of your bachelor’s and/or master’s degree with your application, and provide a supporting statement on the experience you have that will help you complete a PhD by Research on the topic area.

Application forms may be downloaded here or obtained from the Postgraduate Research Centre, University of Gloucestershire, Francis Close Hall Campus. Swindon Road, Cheltenham, GL50 4AZ, Gloucestershire, UK, researchadmin@glos.ac.uk

Closing date for receipt of applications:  21st June 2009
Interviews will commence from the 29th June 2009 and continue until the Studentship is awarded.

Please note the 2009/10 Studentship has already been awarded.

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