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Agricultural Geography PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

We have 17 Agricultural Geography PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

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We have 17 Agricultural Geography PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

PhD in Agricultural Geography

Agricultural Geography is a sub-discipline of Human Geography, that focuses on how humans have influenced and interacted with natural landscapes through agricultural activity. As a PhD candidate in the field, you may explore, for example, the impact of a particular practice, or how human activity has transformed a specific region.

What’s it like to study a PhD in Agricultural Geography?

You’ll conduct independent research in Agricultural Geography, with the aim of completing an extended dissertation that will make a substantial contribution to the field.

You will be assigned a specialist supervisor to oversee your progress, and likely be placed in a research group comprised of fellow PhD candidates and researchers that share your interests.

Possible research areas include:

  • Sustainable food systems
  • Agricultural policy
  • Decision-making in farming
  • Women in agriculture
  • Post-productivism in agriculture

A PhD in Agricultural Geography will likely involve research across a range of disciplines, since the processes by which land patterns arise can be cultural, social, economic and political.

Data collection will usually involve field work, but may also consist of studying satellite imagery, maps and photographs. Depending on your focus, you may wish to conduct surveys, focus groups and interviews. You will often receive training from your department in research methodology and field skills.

There are a small number of advertised PhDs in the field of Agricultural Geography, but most students will need to propose their own project. This means you’ll define your own objectives and the parameters of your research.

PhD in Agricultural Geography entry requirements

The minimum requirement for students wishing to study a PhD in Agricultural Geography is normally a good upper-class second degree in a relevant subject. A Masters degree is not always compulsory, but it’s worth baring in mind that applications are considered on a case-by-case basis, and additional qualifications are often advantageous.

A driving license may occasionally be required for advertised projects with a significant fieldwork element.

PhD in Agricultural Geography funding

Most Agricultural Geography projects in the UK are funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), though depending on the focus of your research you may occasionally be able to apply for funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) or Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). Research councils provide studentships that will usually cover both tuition and living costs.

Research council studentships are limited and competitive, so it’s possible that you’ll need to ‘self-fund’ your PhD. Many students achieve this through the UK government’s doctoral loan, support from charities and trusts, part-time employment or a combination of these.

PhD in Agricultural Geography careers

A PhD in Agricultural Geography will equip you with all the skills needed for a career in academia, such as abstract reasoning, research methodology, academic writing, and conference presentation.

Not all graduates will want to pursue further research, however. There are numerous other sectors in which your skillset will be invaluable such as environmental management, rural development, and conservation.

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Soil carbon sequestration: monitoring and evaluation

  Research Group: Geography and Environmental Studies
Improved management of soil organic carbon content is fundamental for tackling climate change and food insecurity. Increasing soil carbon storage through a rise in soil organic carbon capture (SOC) has been promoted globally. Read more

E4 DTP NERC Understanding micronutrients provision in a changing global food system

Summary. Micronutrient deficiency is likely to be intensified with climate change. This work will model micronutrient supply for countries globally, highlighting inequalities in food security and health outcomes. Read more

Geomorphological evolution of blanket bogs

Whilst blanket bogs are of limited spatial extent, they are a significant global store of terrestrial carbon. Blanket bogs in good condition can act as carbon sinks, whereas blanket bogs in a degraded condition may act as a carbon source. Read more

Context-dependency of climate mitigation, biodiversity and ecosystem services in regenerative agriculture

Introduction. Driven by the need to limit global warming to below 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels and halt biodiversity decline, numerous policies and incentives across the UK and worldwide are convincing land managers to adopt “green” or “carbon farming” practices. Read more

ACCE DTP Studentship - Environmental histories of grazing and the sustainability of montane ecosystems: a case study in Snowdonia, North Wales

Background. The project will investigate the environmental history of montane heath in the Carneddau mountains, North Wales. This fragile landscape is classified as being in an unfavourable condition, affected by over-grazing and climate change. Read more

ACCE DTP Studentship - Providing for our pollinators: Investigating how urbanisation affects the ecology of flower-feeding insects

Pollinating insects are declining due to habitat loss and climate change, threatening the pollination of crops and wild plants. Plant-pollinator interactions may be particularly vulnerable in cities, where urban greenspaces provide variable habitat and floral resources. Read more

Fully-funded ACCE Biology project: Role of planting density on microclimate formation and climate resilience

Lead supervisor. Dr Daphne Ezer (University of York - Department of Biology). Co-supervisors. Prof Calvin Dytham (University of York - Department of Biology) Prof John Pitchford (University of York - Department of Maths) Dr Andrew Suggitt (Northumbria University - Department of Geography and Environmental Science). Read more
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Towards design of chemical-resilient agricultural landscapes

UK biodiversity is under threat. the abundance of terrestrial and freshwater species has declined by 13% since 1970 and 15% of species are threatened with extinction. Read more

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