About this project
Applications are invited for a PhD student to work on a project looking at the sustainable future of the fishing industry and coastal communities. This project is part of a PhD cluster on Sustainable Terrestrial and Maritime Food Systems: Environmental Technologies and their Implications The problems of fisheries management and survival of coastal settlements that identify as fishing towns/villages are intertwined and rooted in past ecologies and socio-economic contexts. Using available historical data of fisheries, demographic and local economic data from 1809 onwards this project will use a combination of multivariate and narrative techniques to identify temporal nodes and explanations for shifts in fisheries activities. In the past, key shifts in fisheries have been facilitated and forced by socio-economic and eco-environmental changes such as changes in fuel prices as well as technological advances (such as engine development, refrigeration technology, hydraulic technology and transport) that have altered fishing efficiencies and developed infrastructure to allow access to larger markets. This project will seek to use a historic understanding of the links between these changes and fisheries in modern times as fishing adapts to the need to decarbonise and adapt to power limitations caused by the need for increasing efficiency.
The successful student will benefit from joining a collaborative, multidisciplinary and nurturing environment, and will be provided with excellent opportunities for external networking. We will hold regular meetings with the entire cluster, with opportunities to present and discuss research, invite internal and external speakers and collaborators and foster networking.
For informal enquiries, please contact Dr Magnus Johnson.
Join us at a free webinar at 6 pm on Thursday 1 December for more information about the funded projects available through this cluster. You will be able to hear from PhD supervisors and ask questions about the programme.
About the research cluster
Sustainable terrestrial and maritime food systems: environmental technologies and their implications
This PhD project is part of a cluster of inter-related, inter-disciplinary projects, which between them focus on the implications of environmental technologies for the practices of people involved in primary food production on both land and sea. Our food and energy production systems contribute significantly to environmental problems, including climate change, and technological solutions are often proposed as ways of reducing their carbon footprints. Yet these can be challenging to implement and can have unanticipated effects on the practices of those engaged in farming and fishing. This cluster of projects involves a combination of scientific projects aiming to develop and test different environmental technologies, and social science projects aiming to look at the effects on the practices of primary food producers as society aims for a low carbon world. Specifically, the cluster will: 1. advance the development of two technologies for use in terrestrial food production and examine the implications of these for farmers, and 2. examine the effects on the small-scale fishing industry of high energy prices and large scale offshore wind deployment.
As part of a PhD cluster, in addition to becoming an expert in your own area you will join a collaborative, multidisciplinary and nurturing environment with other researchers around a common theme. You will be part of regular cluster meetings where you can present and discuss your research, as well as engaging with the wider community of postgraduate researchers in the university. You will have opportunities to build relationships with external stakeholders, and you will be supported in development towards your future career – whether that be within or without academia.
How to apply
You will need to supply a personal statement when applying for this scholarship position. Find out more about writing a personal statement. Please also ensure you include the following information:
- What motivates you to pursue PhD study
- Why you are interested in this project
- How your skill set matches the requirements for your choice of project and/or any additional training you will need
- The wider significance of research in this area and potential future research directions for the project.
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Closing date for applications
10 February 2023
18 September 2023