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Ecological Populism: the representation, governance and mobilisation of climate politics


   College of Social Science

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About the Project

PhD GTA Funded Studentship

Reference Number: 2AW-22-3

Project Leads: Dr Rico Isaacs, Dr Andrew Kythreotis and Dr Conohar Scott

Ecological Populism: the representation, governance and mobilisation of climate politics

Do you want to explore two of the most pressing issues of our age? Do you want to make a difference to climate politics? Populism and ecologism are two of the most important issues of our age, yet we know little about the relationship between the two phenomena. This research studentship will focus on populist ecologies and the successful candidate will investigate the relationship between populism and ecologism, taking account of the multivalent nature of the relationship, the discourse and aesthetics of ecologism within populism, the institutional management of ecological issues by populist leaders, the extent to which populist discourse and techniques can be used to mobilise climate action and the policy implications of populist approaches to climate crisis. Prospective areas of focus could include:

·        The multi-scalar and multi-faceted relationship between ecologism and populism (e.g., local, national, global levels; distinction between populist leaders for and against climate action; and the political economy of climate capitalism)

·        The representation, discourse and aesthetics of ecologism within populism

·        The impact of populism on the governance and management of ecological concerns

·        The extent to which populist discourses, strategies and techniques can be used for the mobilisation of climate action

There is no specific case or country study which has been set, so the studentship could focus on a single case or be more comparative in nature.

The successful candidate will be part of the Politics of Disorder Research Group and the Centre for Ecological Justice both of which are housed in the College of Social Sciences at the University of Lincoln. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to work with the Lincoln Climate Commission (LCC) and use their engagement with the Commission to develop the policy facing implications of their research.

Please contact Dr. Rico Isaacs ([Email Address Removed]) for further discussion

Applicants should have a first or upper second-class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant area and those with a master’s degree in politics, international relations, sociology, human geography or environmental sciences are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants should possess excellent written and English language communication skills and an ability to work to deadlines.

Please email your CV (no longer than 2 pages) and a 1-page cover letter outlining your interest, relevant experience and proposed research question/puzzle for the topic to Maureen Young ([Email Address Removed]). Those called for interview will be required to complete an online application form, and prepare a presentation. Please quote project ID in the subject line of the email.

Closing Date: 11 July 2022

Interviews: w/c 1 August

Start date: 1st September 2022 (subject to agreement)

Suitably qualified candidates worldwide may apply, although international students must self-fund the difference between the International and Home fee rate - £10,104 per annum.

£16,062 per annum stipend paid in monthly instalments

The studentship may require you to do up to 6 hours of teaching or related work per week, the income from which will go towards the cost of your tuition fees and any surplus fees will be paid by the College.


Funding Notes

Suitably qualified candidates worldwide may apply, although international students must self-fund the difference between the International and Home fee rate - £10,104 per annum.
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