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Agency and Identity in the Urban Built Environment in the Histories and Heritage of Minority Religious Communities.

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Project Description

External Sponsor:

The CDP partner organisation is Historic England, based in Swindon but with offices around the
country, which will provide joint supervision (two co-supervisors, expected to meet with the
student at least 3 times per year); specialised training; part-time office space; IT access; an
induction and peer group meetings with other CDP students. As this is a collaborative award,
students will be expected to spend time at both the University and Historic England, including
3 to 6 months of placement at Historic England, which may be spread over the period of the
studentship. As part of the CDP scheme, the successful candidate can participate in CDP-organised development events, and will be expected to attend the CDP Student Launch Event on 21 September 2020 at the British Museum.

External Supervisors:

Dr Linda Monckton
Dr Dale Dishon


The University of Bath and Historic England are pleased to announce a fully funded Collaborative Doctoral Studentship under the AHRC’s Collaborative Doctoral Partnership Scheme. The project represents an exciting opportunity for a student to develop a project of
their own interest within the framework of the project title, with expert guidance and training in academic architectural history and practical architectural heritage and conservation.
Minority communities at an early stage of formation are rarely able to command sufficient
resources to build new, architect-designed buildings. This has clear implications for the heritage value accorded to historic expressions of minority identity, especially of religious buildings, for which heritage criteria are well established. Adaptations of older buildings improvised or ephemeral forms of spatial organisation, furnishing and embellishment, the use of urban settings for ritual, and self-built structures typify minority expressions of religion in situations of small or scattered populations, poverty and marginalisation. The traces of these
architectural interventions may not always persist, and when they do, they are not usually accorded any value through current heritage processes such as national or local listing, where architectural merit often remains a key criterion of judgement, especially for twentiethcentury buildings. Yet such neglected interventions may be of great significance to minority communities when they later tell their histories and seek to trace their origins through the built environment. This project will explore through case studies the ways in which such expressions occurred in the past and how they might be given greater recognition through heritage practices. The specific minority religions to be investigated are left open to the PhD researcher, and may involve a study of one minority religious community, perhaps one of which the student has existing knowledge, or comparative case studies of more than one community. The project will also look for heritage practices elsewhere in the world that can inform potential new strategies in this country to heighten public awareness and protection of minority religious heritage in our urban built environment.


This studentship is open to UK/EU students meeting the AHRC’s academic criteria and UKRI residency requirements ( English language requirements must also be met
( ). Applicants need a relevant 2.1 or above first degree, Masters-level qualification (achieved or expected), or professional experience equivalent to a Masters.
Applicants from diverse backgrounds and/or minority groups are strongly encouraged.


Formal applications should be made via the University of Bath’s online application form for a PhD in Architecture & Civil Engineering. Please ensure that you state the full project title and lead supervisor name on the application form.

Along with your application, please provide a maximum 400 word statement explaining how your previous academic and/or work experience has prepared you for this project and how you propose to draw on your experience to personalise the PhD, through choices of faith, location, etc.

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More information about applying for a PhD at Bath may be found here:

Anticipated start date: 1st October 2020

Funding Notes

The award pays tuition fees up to the value of the full-time home UKRI rate for PhD degrees. Research Councils UK Indicative Fee Level for 2020/21 is £4,407. The award pays full maintenance for UK citizens and residents only. The National Minimum Doctoral Stipend for 2020/21 is £15,285, plus a £600 additional stipend payment for CDP students. The student is eligible to receive an additional travel and related expenses grant during the course of the project courtesy of Historic England worth £1,000 per year for 3.75 years (45 months).

The project may be studied full time or part time.

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