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  Critical geographies of disaster risk, climate change adaptation and development


   School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science

   Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

Enquiries and applications are invited for a PhD project on critical geographies of disaster risk and climate change adaptation. Project should address one or more of the following themes:

• The politics of disaster risk creation and uneven/unequal vulnerability

• Critical approaches to risk governance, including climate adaptation governance, across scales

• Practices, processes and/or ethics of 'transformation', in relation to risk and adaptation geographies

• Affective or emotional responses to post-disaster interventions, and their socio-political implications

• Local agency/participation in disaster risk/adaptation governance

Candidates are invited to contact Dr Sophie Blackburn () to discuss ideas. When getting in touch, please attach a recent CV and draft project outline (1-2 pages A4), including a summary of your main conceptual framings/influences and a proposed methodology. Interdisciplinary project is encouraged where the project contains a substantial qualitative element.

Funding: Dr Blackburn is open to discussing project ideas with self-funded applicants, and is also keen to support the preparation of applications to funded competitions. If you are preparing a funding application please mention this in your approach to Dr Blackburn.

About Human Geography at Reading: Prospective applicants would join a vibrant human geography research community. Human geographers at Reading are based in the Department of Geography and Environmental Science (GES), within the School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science (SAGES). The Human Geography Research Cluster (HGRG) focuses on addressing critical 21st Century challenges around human communities and their interactions with the environment within an increasingly globalised world. The Cluster foregrounds ‘real world’ relevance and stakeholder engagement, taking a highly interdisciplinary and participatory approach. The Cluster centres social impacts and research that is transformative for participants, communities, practitioners, policymakers, students, and other ‘publics’. Human geographers at the University of Reading are also active in the Global Development Research Division. The division conducts research that promotes social justice and equality, while raising awareness of the global challenges surrounding the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. 

Eligibility. Candidates should have a first degree in Human Geography or a cognate subject, and ideally should possess a master's degree relevant to the specific project they wish to pursue. Candidates developing applications for a specific funding scheme should also check the funder’s eligibility criteria.


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