Don't miss our weekly PhD newsletter | Sign up now Don't miss our weekly PhD newsletter | Sign up now

  Leadership Practices for Sustainability Education

   School of Education and Social Work

This project is no longer listed on and may not be available.

Click here to search for PhD studentship opportunities
  Dr Marie Beresford-Dey, Dr Qudsia Kalsoom  No more applications being accepted  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

At a time when the realities of globalisation and the impact of unsustainable practices are becoming increasingly observable, sustainability education is necessary to enable each of us to acquire knowledge and enact behaviours to help shape a sustainable future. Successful implementation of SE requires pro-sustainability leadership. Yet, the research surrounding leadership for sustainability education is scarce.

Scholars have developed and studied numerous leadership models for educational contexts. Whilst these models may be sufficient, the lack of research on the relevance and effectiveness of these leadership models for sustainability education is problematic. This doctoral research will form part of a larger project that ultimately aims to advance knowledge surrounding leadership practices for sustainability education. This will contrast with examining the relationship between leaders and followers in a practice. Ideally, the project would draw from practices composed of sayings, doings, and relatings that “hang together”. The empirical data would come from people engaged in leading practices from across different arenas and seek to identify effective leadership practices to progress sustainability education. We invite applications from individuals across a variety of disciplines. 

For informal enquiries about the project, contact Dr Marie Beresford-Dey ([Email Address Removed])

For general enquiries about the University of Dundee, contact [Email Address Removed]

Our research community thrives on the diversity of students and staff which helps to make the University of Dundee a UK university of choice for postgraduate research. We welcome applications from all talented individuals and are committed to widening access to those who have the ability and potential to benefit from higher education.


Applicants must have obtained, or expect to obtain, a UK honours degree at 2.1 or above (or equivalent for non-UK qualifications), and/or a Masters degree in a relevant discipline. For international qualifications, please see equivalent entry requirements here:

English language requirement: IELTS (Academic) overall score must be at least 6.5 (with not less than 6.5 in reading, listening, speaking or writing). The University of Dundee accepts a variety of equivalent qualifications and alternative ways to demonstrate language proficiency; please see full details of the University’s English language requirements here:


Step 1: Email Dr Marie Beresford-Dey ([Email Address Removed]) to (1) send a copy of your CV and (2) discuss your potential application and any practicalities (e.g. suitable start date).

Step 2: After discussion with Dr Beresford-Dey, formal applications can be made via our direct application system. When applying, please follow the instructions below:

Candidates must apply for the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Education using our direct application system: apply for Education.

Please select the study mode (full-time/part-time) and start date agreed with the lead supervisor.

In the Research Proposal section, please:

-       Enter the lead supervisor’s name in the ‘proposed supervisor’ box

-       Enter the project title listed at the top of this page in the ‘proposed project title’ box

In the ‘personal statement’ section, please outline your suitability for the project selected.

Education (11)

Funding Notes

There is no funding attached to this project. The successful applicant will be expected to provide the funding for tuition fees and living expenses, via external sponsorship or self-funding.

Where will I study?

Search Suggestions
Search suggestions

Based on your current searches we recommend the following search filters.