PhD Studentship: Land, Society and Policy

About the award

About LSP
The Land Society and Policy (LSP) Programme of LEEP (Land, Environment, Economics and Policy Institute) is a grouping of social scientists within the Politics Department with a long track record of undertaking research on topics including agricultural and environmental policy, sustainable land management and the sociology of agriculture sustainable land management. Much of this work has a strong policy focus. Previous PhD students have gone on to a range of career destinations including academia, research support, consultancy and government agencies. We offer a friendly research environment alongside all the benefits of conducting research at one of the UK’s top universities. One of our final year PhD students says:
“LEEP provides the postgraduate researcher the opportunity to become part of a wider research community from the outset. This ensures that students never feel like they are working in isolation, and subsequently provides opportunities to gain input from a wide pool of friendly specialists in various fields of expertise. On a wider scale, the University of Exeter offers a broad range of postgraduate resources to enhance your development on both a personal and professional level, ensuring that your work and expectations are both manageable and achievable. I feel confident that the skills and self-reliance that I have developed during my time at LEEP have prepared me well for a future career in research.”

About the award
The Land, Society and Policy Programme is recruiting for an excellent doctoral student whose areas of interest complement those of our academics and our ongoing research programmes. We are looking for an ambitious scholar who is developing ideas for an independent research agenda in one of the following broad topics:

Farmer attitudes to and implementation of agri-environmental policies
Farming practices, wildlife and pests
Old and new forms of urban food production
The politics of sustainable land management
New entrants to farming
The mental health and well-being of farming families
Integrational succession in rural family businesses

The student will be supervised by Professor Matt Lobley and Dr. Angela Cassidy

Summary

Application deadline:21st June 2017
Number of awards:1
Value:3 years tuition fees UK/EU and an annual maintenance allowance at research council rates (£14,553 in 2017/18)
Duration of award:per year
Contact: Beth Owen / Issac Maswade 01392 724490ssis-researchadmissions@exeter.ac.uk

How to apply

Entry Criteria

• This award is available to those students with Home / EU residency status

• MSc, MA or Mres or equivalent post-graduate qualification and knowledge of appropriate social science research methods

How to Apply

In order to apply you will need to complete an online web form where you must submit some personal details and upload the following documents by 11.59pm on the 21 June 2017.

• A detailed CV

• Covering letter - outlining your academic interests, any prior research experience and reasons for wishing to do PhD in the context of the research interests of the Institute.

• A statement outlining (maximum 1000 words, excluding bibliography) your research idea, including background to the topic; key aims and objectives; proposed research questions; and potential methodologies. Please upload in the research proposal section.

• Transcript of your highest qualification to date or an interim transcript if you are still studying

IELTS/TOEFL certificate - where applicable

• 2 references to be sent direct to ssis-researchadmissions@exeter.ac.uk

Please note that if you are successful in being awarded funding you will then be asked to apply for a study place in addition to formalise the funding offer.

Selection Process: Short-listed applicants will be invited for an interview in person (in Exeter at the University’s Streatham Campus) or by Skype. The interviews will be scheduled for week commencing 26th June 2017.

For informal enquiries and further information on the project please contact

Professor Matt Lobley
01392 724539
m.lobley@exeter.ac.uk