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Cities, Environment and Liveability


Funded PhD


3 years (full-time)

Application deadline:

Wednesday 23 January 2019

About this project

The University of Hull is part of the ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership - a collaboration between the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield, York, Sheffield Hallam, Hull, Bradford and Manchester Metropolitan University - and through this is able to offer a range of ESRC funded Postgraduate Scholarships. 

The University of Hull can accept applications to five Interdisciplinary Themed Pathways of ESRC training in the 1+3 (Masters and PhD), +3 (PhD only), for both full and part-time study. Applicants who would not have an equivalent qualification already would need to take the MSc Social Research (DTP). The MSc can be funded as part of a  DTP studentship, but applications and also encouraged from people undertaken this or a similar masters already.

This pathway explores how the environment links to cities across time and place.  Projects can take either an historical or geographic perspective. From an historical perspective the places and periods covered include the United States, eighteenth century Europe, medieval Britain, and the first world war.

Contemporary examples from North America, Europe and beyond are also examined. Themes include urban sustainability, cultural and societal responses to climate change, nuclear  industries, heritage, memory, war and the environment, the intersections of gender, culture, and public space, and maritime cities.

This pathway will appeal to prospective students interested in how the history of cities and communities links to contemporary thinking and policy on the environment. Students may work alongside a large doctoral cohort exploring linked themes within the AHRC-funded Heritage Consortium, a strategic partnership connected to over 70 organisations and run by the History Subject Group.

Students are invited to formulate proposals using any appropriate method to address key twenty-first century environmental issues, potentially using knowledge of cities in the past. Research strengths across disciplinary boundaries include expertise on urban parks and conservation, indigenous history, U.S. national parks, sustainability and urban governance, colonial America, gender in the early modern period, natural hazards, nuclear America, the United States presidency, medieval culture, the first world war, medicine and Eastern Europe.

This pathway is led at Hull by Thomas Biskup and Professor Andrew Jonas.

The University's Postgraduate Training Scheme (PGTS) provides a range of generic and discipline-specific modules to support research students through their programme. 

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The library has an exclusive lounge for postgraduate research students and a dedicated Skills Team to provide a wide range of study and research skills help. 

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The Graduate School provides support to postgraduate research students. Offering skills development opportunities and dedicated facilities, the school is here to help you achieve your potential. 

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Research at Hull tackles big challenges and makes an impact on lives globally, every day. Our current research portfolio spans everything from health to habitats, food to flooding and supply chains to slavery. 

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The type of ESRC scholarship awarded is based on an applicant's residency status. UK and EU applicants who have been a resident in the UK for at least 3 years immediately preceding the start of their course are eligible for the full scholarship. This pays

  • the standard UK/EU tuition fees
  • an annual, tax-free maintenance stipend at the standard UK research rate (£14,777 in 2018-19)
  • access to Research Training Support Grant funds to support conference and other expenses
  • students may apply for additional funding to support overseas fieldwork, language training and overseas institutional visits, but must include this in their application.

UK and EU applicants who have not been resident in the UK for 3 years immediately preceding the start of their course may be eligible for a fees-only award, paying the standard UK/EU tuition fees only.

Further details about the ESRC’s residency requirements and eligibility for funding can be found on the ESRC website

International students are not eligible for ESRC scholarships.

There is no funding for a Masters degree only. 

Entry requirements

For 1+3 and +3 awards, applicants must hold at least a UK Upper Second Class Honours degree or equivalent (a less than sufficient undergraduate degree may be enhanced, e.g. by a Master's degree). All applicants should apply for a PhD and, if successful on the basis of their research proposal, will be offered funding for a PhD preceded by funding for the MSc Social Research (DTP) at Hull, if they do not already have a Masters degree that meets ESRC research training requirements in social research methods. 

You are strongly advised to discuss your research proposal with your prospective supervisor before you apply and to give sufficient time for this process well before the application deadline of 23 January 2019.