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A Comparative Study of Cycling Cultures: Bristol-Bordeaux - MScR in Global Environmental Challenges

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  • Full or part time
    Prof M Hurcombe
  • Application Deadline
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  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

About the Project
Both Bristol and Bordeaux market themselves as cycling cities. Yet, while Bordeaux is often cited as one of the top European cities in which to cycle, Bristol faces challenges of infrastructure and roads crowded with motorised, polluting vehicles. This project explores the history of the so-called cycling revival in these twin cities and will offer a cultural understanding of the successes and failures of both. It will equally suggest a way forward for Bristol, exploring cycling’s capacity to combat two immediate crises facing our city: overcrowded roads and poor health.

Why Choose this Opportunity
You will have the opportunity to apply a historical understanding of urban development and cycling to an immediate and urgent set of problems. You will learn how cultural and urban history can inform policy making today and play a part in driving forward an agenda that promotes healthier and happier cities.

About You
The student will need to be able to read French to an advanced level, but may not need a degree in the subject. They should have an appropriate first degree in the Arts and Humanities and/or Social Sciences.

About the programme
The Cabot Institute Masters by Research is a unique opportunity to work with a leading supervisor to deliver a one-year research project that you are passionate about. The programme will bring together exceptional students from all backgrounds with a common mission – protecting the planet and securing our future. As well as learning from your supervisor, you will learn from your fellow students; coming together to share your ideas and developing your problem-solving skills as part of an interdisciplinary team over the year. As well as being hosted within the Cabot Institute you will have a direct relationship within the relevant School for your research area, allowing you to fully take advantage of a wide-ranging research community.
Alongside your research project, you will benefit from a unique personal development and transferable skills training schedule. These unaccredited, optional events will give you the opportunity to come together with your peers to improve your research skills and develop an innovative approach to the global challenges we face today. You will also be encouraged to propose your own interests for a seminar series, giving you a unique platform to mould your studies and get involved directly with the programme. The training schedule will focus on:
• Interdisciplinarity & Collaboration
• Innovation & Enterprise
• Making your research a success
• Research communications
• Ignite your interests (your chance to propose ideas for a seminar series)
You will also gain access to the Cabot Institute’s network of experts across academia, government, business and industry via networking events. These opportunities will not only support your research, but give you the edge in your future career, whatever that may be.

Funding Notes

Programme fees per year:
UK/EU Full time £6950, Part time £3560
Overseas Full time £21700, Part time £11100

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