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13 PhD funded studentships at ONE Planet Doctoral Training Partnership

ONE Planet Doctoral Training Partnership

We have a minimum of 13 PhD funded studentship awards available for entry September 2022. These are for 3.5 years and include full UK fees and a living allowance of £15,609 (based on the current UKRI rates).

The closing date for applications is 24th January 2022.

ONE Planet offers a cohort-based doctoral training partnership at Newcastle and Northumbria Universities. The Natural and Environmental Research Council (NERC) funds the partnership.

The proximity of Newcastle and Northumbria Universities, within the vibrant city of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, allows ONE Planet to provide a series of core activities to best develop the cohort experience, the expertise of our students, and ensure the development of graduates with the required research skills.

Our vision is to provide a training environment that supports, develops, and fosters innovative, transformative ways of working. We aim to produce independent research scientists and future leaders. You will design the sustainable transdisciplinary responses needed to address intensifying global change. Find out more here.

Our internationally recognised research excellence spans the NERC science remit, including:

13 PhD funded studentships at ONE Planet Doctoral Training Partnership

PhD funded studentships

A list of the 63 projects available can be found here and below.

The ONE Planet DTP values individual differences and the diversity that this brings. We ensure that no-one is at a disadvantage because of who they are. We encourage applications from under-represented groups, and requests for flexible study (e.g. part-time) are welcomed.

The closing date for applications is 24th January 2022. We will confirm the outcome of awards in March 2022.

Please visit our how to apply pages for further details on how you apply to either partner institution.


You must have or expect to gain a First Class or high 2:1 Honours degree or international equivalent in a relevant subject or subject relevant to the proposed PhD project. Enthusiasm for research, the ability to think and work independently, excellent analytical skills and strong verbal and written communication skills are also essential requirements.

International applicants (inc. EU) are welcome to apply. Following the UKRI announcement to introduce a new 30% UKRI international recruitment policy both Newcastle University and Northumbria University have agreed to pay the international fee difference for all International applicants who are awarded a DTP studentship.

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact us at

A critical exploration of strategies at local city level of linking of carbon disclosure and carbon reduction strategies and interventions with impact and co-benefits (OP2243)Details
A Data-Driven Simulation Approach for Considering Climate Change Impacts in Infrastructure Asset Management (IAM) (OP2242)Details
A new 3D hydrogeological dataset for the UK to drive projections of hydrological extremes under climate change (OP2217)Details
Adaptive buildings design to counteract impact of climate change on indoor air quality (OP2206)Details
Assessing the performance of river management schemes to attenuate peak flows and enhance in-stream processes (OP2230)Details
Astro-turfing the city: quantifying the impact of artificial lawns on the structure and function of urban ecosystems (OP2228)Details
Bottom-up systems approaches to optimize nature-based solutions (NbS) for climate change mitigation and adaptation (CCMA) in tropical agricultural landscapes (OP2227)Details
Building social-ecological resilience to maintain a viable fishing sector in the UK - a key response to climate change (OP2248)Details
Can we reverse climate change by changes in carbon capture enzymes? (OP2231)Details
Circulation and melting within the ocean cavities beneath Antactica’s floating ice shelves (OP2262)Details
Controls on sub-arctic coastal zone dynamics, Skeiðarársandur, SE Iceland (OP2250)Details
Defining sustainable sand mining rates through the lens of freshwater biodiversity loss (OP2210)Details
Determining the environmental fate and persistence of crop protection products and effects on microbial community composition and function (OP2205)Details
Developing a methodology to measure and optimise the impacts of climate change on urban building environment (|OP2261)Details
Dining out in the Anthropocene: the impact non-native Himalayan Balsam on bee Microbiome, health and pollinator ecosystems (OP2244)Details
Do forests established on alkaline bedrock sink more or less carbon than forests established on other materials? (OP2232)Details
Drivers and resilience of urchin barrens in UK kelp forests (OP2240)Details
Enhance the Climate-Resilience of Infrastructure Systems Using Smart Simulation and Adaptive Decision Making (OP2236)Details
Enhancing urban flood resilience with innovative digital design technologies (OP2219)Details
Environmental biophysics of microalgal migration in snow (OP2238)Details
Establishing the empirical basis for microclimatic buffering as a nature-based adaptation to climate change (OP2204)Details
Glacier calving-observations and modelling (OP2246)Details
Greenland Ice Sheet melt regime and biogeochemical feedback (OP2221)Details
Holistic management to create sustainable, climate change resilient small-scale fisheries in Jangamo, Mozambique (OP2239)Details
How can blue-green infrastructure support climate change efforts? (OP2237)Details
Impact of climate change and deglaciation on Glacier Lake Outburst Flood hazards in Lunana, Bhutan (OP2241)Details
Improving the representation of the ice shelf ocean cavity circulation in global ocean models (OP2209)Details
Investigating the impact of climate change on hydrocarbon degrading microbial consortia and bioremediation capacities of petroleum refinery sludge (OP2254)Details
Legacy mine site risks to water treatment works in a changing climate (OP2201)Details
Measuring genetic erosion and changes in connectivity using historical DNA to improve predictive models of species ranges under climate change (OP2218)Details
Microbial regulation of greenhouse gas emissions from polar regions (OP2215)Details
Microfibres in soils: detection, degradation and impact (OP2233)Details
Modelling meltwater patterns by statistical physics (OP2259)Details
Modelling the dynamics of microplastics in our seas (OP2263)Details
Monitoring the Impact of Green Infrastructure using Citizen Science in Urban and Rural Catchments (OP2212)Details
Natural Resources and Urban Climate Strategies (OP2214)Details
Nonlinear wave description of glacial outburst floods (OP2253)Details
Optimising flood risk management interventions in catchments and cities (OP2211)Details
Past climate changes in Southeast Asia. Insights from cave stalagmites (OP2255)Details
Physiological response of quinoa to environmental stress: effects on nutritional profile, plant immunity, pest management and soil carbon content (OP2257)Details
Quantifying human-driven threats to marine species (OP2224)Details
Quaternary ice-sheet and climate change on the Northeast Atlantic margin (OP2234)Details
Reconstructing climate and landscape change in drylands from sedimentary records (OP2216)Details
Resilient treescapes for a changing climate: a mathematical approach (OP2235)Details
Role of turbidity currents and biofilm in nutrient transport to deep-sea environment (OP2247)Details
Solving the Leaky Barrier Conundrum: Nature Based Solutions to reduce flooding (OP2208)Details
Temporal and spatial drivers of nuisance macroalgal blooms in Budle Bay and its implication for biodiversity and ecosystem functioning (OP2220)Details
The impact of ferric phosphate molluscicides on soil micronutrients bioavailability, microbial communities, and agricultural green house gas emissions (OP2251)Details
The state and fate of mountain permafrost and implications for debris supply in glacierised catchments (OP2229)Details
The use of Consequence forecasting to quantify the impact of climate change on society (OP2249)Details
The worsening impacts of Contaminated Lands/Soils due to Climate Change (OP2252)Details
Tipping points in the Amundsen Sea, Antarctica (OP2245)Details
Towards better representation of surface-subsurface flow interactions in urban areas particularly during extreme events (OP2256)Details
Trees to mitigate the climate change impacts of poultry (OP2225)Details
UAV-assisted prediction system to fight against wildfires, deforestation and climate change (OP2223)Details
Understanding and mitigating the impacts of light pollution on nocturnal pollination processes in the Mediterranean biodiversity hotspot (OP2213)Details
Understanding ecological memory: plants and ecosystems as information processors (OP2258)Details
Understanding how wetland species became rare or locally extinct using sedimentary DNA and stable isotopes – supporting future ecological restoration by uncovering the past (OP2226)Details
Understanding the role of clay mineral reactions for Zn sequestration and release (OP2207)Details
Water and sediment routing through glaciers in West Greenland (OP2222)Details
What Are The Controls on Aqueous N Export From Human-modified Tropical Peatlands? (OP2260)Details

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