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Cultural Geography PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for European Students (exc UK)

We have 17 Cultural Geography PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for European Students (exc UK)

PhD in Cultural Geography

PhD students in Cultural Geography explore the interaction between culture and place. The field examines how landscapes are reflective of the cultures that have produced them, and vice versa. By the end of your PhD, you’ll produce an extended dissertation that should make a substantial contribution to the field.

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

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.

Alongside independent research, you’ll undertake any additional training and duties required by your department and may have the opportunity to publish your work or present it at academic conferences.

Possible research areas include:

  • Indigenous populations and colonisation
  • Tourism and migration
  • Postmodernism and poststructuralism as applied to geographies
  • Urban restructuring
  • Globalisation

Alongside analysis of existing literature, your research will likely involve the collection of original qualitative, quantitative and spatial data. You might achieve this through a number of methodologies including interviews, surveys, focus groups and fieldwork.

There are only a small number of advertised PhDs in Cultural Geography, so most students will need to propose their own project. This means you’ll determine your research objectives and parameters independently.

PhD in Cultural Geography entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement for PhD projects in Geography is usually a 2:1 Bachelors degree in a relevant discipline, though a Masters degree is occasionally required. Applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis, so it’s likely that a postgraduate qualification will be an advantage, even if it is not required.

PhD in Cultural Geography funding

Cultural Geography PhDs may be funded by one of two UK research councils – the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), or the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Which council you can apply to will depend on the focus of your project. Both offer fully funded studentships which usually cover tuition fees, living costs, and any expense related to travel of research trips.

You’ll need to have a confirmed place at a university before applying for research council funding. If you’re applying for a predesigned project, it may have funding attached.

Research council funding is extremely competitive, meaning many students will have to ‘self-fund’ their PhD. There are numerous options for candidates taking this route, including the UK government’s doctoral loan, support from charities or trusts, and part-time employment.

PhD in Cultural Geography

Many graduates may wish to pursue a career in academic research. Your PhD will equip you will all the skills needed for this, such as abstract reasoning, academic writing and conference presentation. You’ll also be well-positioned to seek work in numerous other sectors such as arts and culture, publishing and urban planning – to name just a few.

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Human Wildlife Conflict in Ireland: perception versus reality

  Research Group: Geography and Environmental Studies
Human-Wildlife Conflict (HWC) is a rapidly developing issue in biodiversity and conservation management. Increased frequency of contact between wildlife and people can lead to increased frequency of conflict. Read more

Economies of Natural History: Publishing Science in Victorian and Edwardian Britain

This PhD project is fully funded by an Arts & Humanities Research Council Collaborative Doctoral Award, co-supervised by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and Royal Holloway, University of London. Read more

The Geographical Museum: Making Knowledge through Objects

This PhD project is fully funded by an Arts & Humanities Research Council Collaborative Doctoral Award, co-supervised by Royal Holloway, University of London and the Royal Geographical Society (RGS). Read more

QUADRAT DTP: Cultural ecosystem services of underwater landscapes and marine protected areas

This fully funded, 42-month PhD project is part of the QUADRAT Doctoral Training Partnership. Marine environments are facing multiple challenges due to climate change as well as the direct human impacts that come from resource extraction and physical alteration of habitats. Read more

Arctic climate variability and societal impacts 500-1500CE

Summary. The project will investigate the variability of the Greenland climate during the period 500-1500CE to better understand its role in driving societal change for the Dorset culture, Norse and Thule Inuit. Read more

Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarships Centre for Water Cultures PhD Scholarship

Funded 4-year PhD studentship to start in September 2024. 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. Read more

Examining the role of culture, religion and traditional knowledge on risk perception in food safety.

  Research Group: Architecture, Built Environment and Planning
Access to sufficient amounts of safe and nutritious food is key to sustaining life and promoting good health. The WHO (2022) estimates that 600 million – almost 1 in 10 people in the world – fall ill after eating contaminated food and 420 000 die every year. Read more

Creolising Caribbean foodways: Breadfruit from the mid-nineteenth century to the present

Application is now open for a fully-funded PhD Studentship (fees and maintenance) between University of Warwick and Kew Gardens. When breadfruit was introduced to the Caribbean in the late 18th century to feed enslaved people, it was not a success. Read more

Sustainable Urban Regeneration and Development in the Global South: the tourism and liveability couplet (Ref: RDF24/BL/EIS/MORDUE)

Drawing on concepts of ‘livability’ developed in urban studies, tourism geographies, and sustainable development studies, this research investigates state-led greenspace provision as a mechanism to boost city quality of life in a developing country context, namely. Read more

(De)colonising the cosmos: exploring the political ecologies of NewSpace industries (Ref: RDF24/EE/GES/HOWSON)

The global space industry’s value reached £450 billion in 2022, having expanded 70% over the last 10 years. With the rapid outsourcing of launch capabilities to private companies, some forecasts expect the industry to reach £1 trillion in annual revenue by 2040 (Eriksson and Newlove-Eriksson, 2023). Read more

Women Human Rights and Environmental Defenders’ Experiences of Forced Relocation (Ref: RDF24/EE/GES/ALLAN)

This research seeks to critically engage with the experiences of women human rights and environmental defenders (WHREDs) who have experienced/are experiencing displacement or relocation as a result of their activism and the threats they face, and/or due to the activities that they fight against (for example, environmental damage). Read more

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