PhD Studentship: CRPR, Politics Department

About the award

The CRPR 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. 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:

The CRPR “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 have prepared me well for a future career in research.”

About the award
The CRPR 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: building knowledge and experience
The mental health and well-being of farming families
The future of family farming in the UK
Intergenerational succession in rural family businesses

The student will be supervised by Professor Matt Lobley and Dr. Angela Cassidy and the start date will be January 2018.


Application deadline:30th August 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

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 30th August 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) outlining 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 in one document together with your research paper (it is not possible to upload separate documents).
• 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 directly to or uploaded with the application.

Applicants should have a relevant MA, MSc, MRes or equivalent post-graduate qualification and knowledge of appropriate social science research methods.

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 the morning of 20th September.

For informal enquiries and further information on the project please contact
Professor Matt Lobley
01392 722438