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Youth engagement and water governance: a case study of participatory research approaches in two European countries

Funding:

Funded Phd

Duration:

4 years

Application deadline:

29 March 2021

About the Leverhulme Centre for Water Cultures

The University of Hull's Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarships Centre for Water Cultures pioneers a new, humanities-led, interdisciplinary and transhistorical research area, the ‘green-blue humanities.’

It equips a new generation of PhD students to take this agenda forward, transforming our understanding of our relationships with water and shaping future research agendas, methods, and approaches within and between disciplines.

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About this project

This is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious, talented and enthusiastic researcher to conduct interdisciplinary research in order to advance thinking within the area of blue-green humanities through fostering greater youth engagement in governance issues around flood and flood management.

Participatory research methodologies, such as Citizen Science, are emerging as powerful strategies in dealing with environmental challenges. Yet these approaches rarely engage with hard to reach groups such as young people who are key stakeholders and may become key decision/policy makers in the future.

This PhD project will explore the use of Citizen Inquiry methodologies – an adaptation of the Citizen Science approach developed and tested by academics in the University of Hull – to foster greater youth engagement in governance issues around flood and flood management.

The aim of the scholarship will be to demonstrate the efficacy of the Citizen Inquiry methodology in engaging young people in local governance issues, such as flooding. The objectives include:

  • Identify whether young people are already engaged on local water governance issues (e.g. through Hull's Youth Parliament and Bremerhaven's Youth Climate Council).
  • Identify the attitudes and views of young people around water governance issues and the extent to which they are active citizens in this field.
  • Explore and evaluate the potential of participatory research methods such as Citizen Inquiry for ascertaining the views and opinions of stakeholder groups.
  • Use Citizen Inquiry to develop and evaluate a range of governance strategies that empower young people to tackle issues such as flooding (e.g. youth parliaments, etc)

Research will focus on two cities (Hull, UK and Bremerhaven, Germany) that have considerable similarities and face similar challenges associated with flooding. Recent projects in these two cities have demonstrated the potential value of participatory research methods in engaging young people to address environmental issues. This PhD project will build on these experiences to strengthen the voice of young people and develop their capacity as active citizens and future decision-makers.

It is also envisaged that this PhD project will include an opportunity to undertake a placement in either Hull or Bremerhaven (or both) working with stakeholders and agencies such as the local council and the youth parliament.

The Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarships Centre for Water Cultures pioneers a new, humanities-led, interdisciplinary and transhistorical research area, the ‘green-blue humanities’

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The Energy & Environment Institute is a world leader in research into global water risks and resilience

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The University’s Risky Cities project draws on Hull’s long history of living with water to build flood resilience today and for the future

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Funding

Doctoral scholars appointed to interdisciplinary projects within the Centre for Water Cultures will be supported by PhD scholarships, funded for 48 months. These cover fees at the UK rate, a maintenance grant of £15609 per year, and a generous research and training support grant.

We expect to support at least 5, and up to 8, doctoral scholars to join the Centre for Water Cultures in September 2021. Further projects will be advertised in future years.

Entry requirements

We welcome applications for this funded 4-year PhD studentship, to start in September 2021.

You should have a good first degree (at least a 2:1 Honours degree, or international equivalent) in a relevant subject. Candidates should also have a good understanding and interest in issues of governance, social justice and environmental concern. A Masters in Education or Politics is desirable.

Given the context of this scholarship (UK and Germany), German language skills would be desirable.

International applicants

The Centre for Water Cultures welcomes applications from international candidates.

While the Leverhulme Trust funds fees at the UK rate, we are able to offer a limited number of international fee waivers to support EU and international applicants. These are likely to be attached to no more than 30% of our scholarships.

How to apply

Please follow the instructions on how to apply carefully as otherwise your application may not be considered.

Apply for the project Youth engagement and water governance: a case study of participatory research approaches in two European countries.

You will need to provide the following supporting documents:

  1. CV of no more than 2 pages (Arial, minimum font 11 point, margins 2.54cm).
  2. Transcripts. (A transcript is proof of education. It is a detailed record of all the subjects you have studied with your scores in the form of marks or grades given by your institution of study.)
  3. Personal Statement: Please provide a personal statement, of no more than 800 words (Arial, minimum font 11 point, margins 2.54cm), outlining: (i) what motivates you to pursue PhD study; (ii) why you are interested in your chosen project; (iii) your research experience, including how your skill set matches the requirements for your choice of project and/or any additional training you will need; and (iv) the wider significance of research in this area and potential future research directions for the project.
  4. English Language qualifications where required. For more information, see our PG admissions page.