About the Project
This PhD will be primarily based at PML, but with research stays as required at UEA, CEFAS(CCSUS) and Defra. The research is focussed around 3 objectives: i. Review existing policy interventions in the UK and internationally, including an assessment of barriers to, and the social and economic implications of, their implementation; ii. Quantify sources, types and amounts of plastic in UK waters using both data collection and modelling; iii. Systematically assess the effectiveness of different interventions to reduce marine plastic pollution, utilising modelling, interview and survey techniques. The research will directly inform Defra’s 25 year plan, and contribute to future policies and management plans.
This PhD includes training in interdisciplinary research, ecological modelling, scientific data analysis, survey design and stakeholder engagement. The candidate will receive scientific writing mentoring to lead their own publications. They will be supported to present their work at national and international conferences. The candidate will be embedded in the PML community, ensuring regular contact with modellers, remote sensing scientists, marine ecologists, social scientists, biogeochemists in addition to the PML communications and impact teams. PML is certified to ISO9001 and ISO45001, and the candidate will receive training in health and safety processes and in mental health awareness.
This studentship will be hosted at PML
The project will suit an exceptional, highly motivated candidate with a background and skills in environmental science coupled with an interest in governance, or alternatively with a social or political science background with an interest in environment.
For more information on the supervisor for this project, please go here https://www.pml.ac.uk/People/Heads_of_Science/Professor_Nicola_Beaumont
Type of Programme: PhD
Start Date: 1st October 2021
Mode of Study: Full or part time (visa restrictions may apply)
Studentship length: 3.5 years
Location: Plymouth Marine Laboratory
Acceptable first degree in environmental science, geography, sociology, ecology & conservation or marine sciences.
Successful candidates who meet UKRI’s eligibility criteria are awarded a NERC studentship covering fees, stipend (£15,285 p.a., 2020-21) and research funding. International applicants (EU/non-EU) are eligible for fully-funded studentships.
ARIES is committed to equality, diversity, widening participation and inclusion in all areas of its operation. We encourage enquiries and applications from all sections of the community regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, age, sexual orientation and transgender status. Academic qualifications are considered alongside significant relevant non-academic experience.
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