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Research opportunities in the Department of Environment and Geography

  • Awaiting Funding Decision/Possible External Funding
    Awaiting Funding Decision/Possible External Funding

Profile Description

We offer an outstanding, dynamic and multidisciplinary environment in which to carry out PhD research.

MPhil/PhD in Human Geography and Environment

  • Energy geographies including: international development; public and stakeholder attitudes towards supply, demand, and energy system change; environmental and social justice issues
  • Perceptions of environmental and socio-technical risk issues
  • Environmental, economic and social costs of enhanced transport systems
  • Sustainable agri-food systems, including understanding current or changed behaviours that may affect the sustainability of consumption and production systems in the future
  • Interaction of social, economic and political processes across urban contexts

MPhil/PhD in Environmental Geography

  • Tropical ecosystem response to environmental change
  • Reconstructing Quaternary environments and sea levels
  • Managing consequences of climate change
  • Glaciology and characterising glacial terrain
  • Ecosystem modelling
  • Soil systems and biogeochemical cycles
  • Environmental change and sustainable societies

MPhil/PhD in Environmental Science

  • Prediction of water quality from catchment characteristics
  • Pollution effects upon soil/plant/water ecosystems
  • Evaluation of critical loads and levels of pollutants
  • Modelling of atmospheric chemistry processes
  • Biogeochemical cycling and sustainability
  • Indoor and outdoor exposure to air pollution
  • Environmental impacts of volcanoes
  • Pathways and impacts of agricultural pollutants

MPhil/PhD in Environmental Economics and Environmental Management

  • Economics of the environment
  • Ecology and environmental management, with emphasis on marine systems, tropical and temperate forest systems, and agro-ecosystems
  • The nature and impacts of environmental pollution
  • Sustainable use of terrestrial, marine and freshwater resources
  • Economic growth and environmental health outcomes
  • Environmental health, migration and socio-economic change

Why us?

  • 96% of research activity in the department is internationally recognised [Research Excellence Framework 2014]
  • World-renowned environmental scientists
  • Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) largest centres, a leading global environmental policy institute, has one its largest centres embedded within our Department
  • Benefit from SEI's strong links to global policy makers
  • We collaborate with a broad range of private and public sector organisations, including DEFRA, Forestry Commission, Natural England, Overseas Development Institute, Willis Global Insurance Broker
  • Athena SWAN Bronze Award

We offer

  • £12.5m state-of-the-art building contains purpose-built labs, lecture theatres and seminar rooms
  • an outstanding, dynamic and multidisciplinary environment
  • weekly seminars, where academic and industry speakers talk about key and policy-relevant areas
  • first-rate teaching and research opportunities tackling tough questions across natural and social sciences
  • collaborative, friendly ethos and internationally-recognised research.

We have strong links with world class research centres based at York, including:

  • Stockholm Environment Institute - York
  • York Environmental Sustainability Institute
  • York Institute for Tropical Ecosystems
  • CIRCLE (Centre for the Integration of Research, Conservation and Learning)
  • Centre for Human Palaeocology and Evolutionary Origins

What next?

Check that your research interests align with the expertise of one of our staff. Once you've identified a potential supervisor, please contact them before applying to discuss your application and potential research areas.

Complete an application

Funding Notes

This programme is waiting to confirm funding from a university or external source. This may depend on attracting suitable students and applications are welcome. Please see the programme details for more information.

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