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Political Geography PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for Self-funded Students

We have 12 Political Geography PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for Self-funded Students

PhD in Political Geography

Political geography is the study of the way in which political systems are shaped by and influence the physical geography of the Earth. It is primarily concerned with how the political processes and their outcomes are shaped by spatial factors.

By the end of your PhD, you’ll produce an extended dissertation that should make a significant original contribution to the field of Political Geography.

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

You’ll spend the majority of your time conducting independent research under the guidance of an expert supervisor in your chosen topic. Research methods in Political Geography can include fieldwork, mapping, statistical analysis, and remote sensing.

Possible research areas include:

  • Climate policy
  • Role of geography in voting behaviour
  • Political boundaries and national borders
  • Migration
  • Climate change as a cause of conflict
  • Food security

Alongside your research, you may be required to attend additional training and help with undergraduate teaching. You may also have the chance to present at academic conferences and publish your work in journals.

There are a handful of advertised PhD projects available in Political Geography, but most students will design their own project. This means you’ll decide your own objectives and determine the parameters of your research.

PhD in Political Geography funding entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement for PhD projects in Geography is normally an upper-second class Bachelors degree in a relevant subject. A Masters degree is sometimes also required. It’s worth noting applications are considered on a case-by-case basis, and a postgraduate qualification may be an advantage even if it is not required.

PhD in Political Geography funding options

The Research Council responsible for funding Political Geography PhDs in the UK is usually the Economic and Social Research Council (ERSC), which provides studentships covering tuition fees and living costs. Some advertised PhDs have funding attached, or you can apply for a studentship once you’ve been accepted onto a programme.

Full studentships are extremely competitive, so it’s likely to have to fund at least part of your PhD independently. Options for students taking this route include the UK government’s doctoral loan, funding for charities and trusts or part-time employment alongside your studies.

PhD in Political Geography careers

Many students who complete a PhD in Political Geography will go on to pursue research careers, but you could also consider roles in local or national government, policy analysis, lobbying or political consultancy.

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Seed diplomacy: The Millennium Seed Bank (MSB) and the challenge of living sustainably.

There is an opportunity to develop a PhD project involving RBG Kew staff at the Millennium Seed Bank (MSB) investigating their professional work with domestic and global partners over the last 25 years. 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

Territorial Integrity, 1815-Present: A Conceptual History

In virtually every recent territorial dispute, the concept of 'territorial integrity' is invoked, from Ukraine's efforts to repel Russia's invasion to China's efforts to exercise influence over Taiwan. Read more

Valuing green and blue urban landscapes

During this prolonged period of neo-liberal development our discourse in the West has become fragmented between a growing concern for climate change/sustainability and a continued need to promote intensive growth and prioritise the needs of capital. Read more

PhD opportunities in Intelligence and Security Studies

Join a pioneering academic centre established in the UK to deal specifically with intelligence issues, policy and institutions, that for the last decade promoted and developed social science and policy-oriented approaches to intelligence. Read more
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