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KESS 2 East studentship on Understanding sectoral strengths: developing the tools to analyse priority economic sectors and activity in the Cardiff Capital Region

Cardiff School of Geography and Planning

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Dr G Bristow , Prof M Munday No more applications being accepted Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

The main aim of the project is to establish a robust methodology for identifying key economic sectors and consumption activity in the Cardiff Capital Region (CCR). This is intended to help the Economic Growth Partnership and the CCR Cabinet understand the sectoral strengths and weaknesses of the region, and to have robust and timely data on different sectoral performance and local consumption behaviours to inform key investment decisions. A further aim of this project is to critically reflect upon the role of sectoral approaches in addressing the place-based economic challenges in the region.
Key deliverables will include:

• Development of a methodology for assessing sectoral strengths, and understanding the significance of different local consumption behaviours;
• A critical evaluation of the methodology’s role in assisting CCR decision-makers with investment based on a small number of tests against a number of projects and initiatives.

A parallel studentship will commence at the same time to develop a data dashboard to inform decision-makers on the wider economic health and wellbeing of the region and its communities.

Academic Criteria

You will have a first class or strong second class honours degree and appropriate masters degree in spatial planning / human geography or cognate discipline. Training will be provided in requisite digital skills and data visualisations.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must:
• have a home address in East Wales area (details below) * at the time of registration.
• have the right to take up paid work in the East Wales area* on completion of the scholarship.
• be classified by the University as ‘home’ or ‘EU’ for tuition fees purposes according to the University’s guidelines.
• satisfy Cardiff University’s Entry Requirements
*East Wales area covers: Vale of Glamorgan/Cardiff/ Newport/Monmouthshire/Powys/Wrexham/Flintshire

It is a condition of eligibility for KESS2 funding that you have not applied for, nor are intending to apply for, a doctoral or research master’s loan.

Please read clause (3) (m) of The Education (Postgraduate Doctoral Degree Loans) (Wales) Regulations 2018 for more information.


In the first instance, you should make initial enquiries via the named School/academic supervisor for each funded KESS2 project. All applicants must apply initially to the Doctor of Philosophy in Geography and Planning identifying the KESS2 Scholarship they wish to be considered for.

If deemed suitable for the project, you will be invited to complete a KESS2 participant form which assesses eligibility for funding. You must also be able to provide supporting documentary evidence of their eligibility. Guidance on this requirement is outlined in the KESS2 participant form. Suitable applicants will be sent this form to complete following the School selection process. Further advice is available from the KESS2 team at [Email Address Removed].

Applicants should apply to the Doctor of Philosophy in Geography and Planning with a start date of 1 July 2020: https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/research/programmes/programme/geography-and-planning

Funding Notes

Full UK/EU tuition fees
Doctoral stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum
Stipend of circa £14,000 per annum as well as around £9k project support costs available for consumables, travel, minor equipment, training (including the KESS Grad School) and conference attendance.
UK Research Council eligibility conditions apply
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