About the Project
Through a range of methods, including international fieldwork, the project will:
- Review sustainability practices, stakeholder roles and how knowledge of their effectiveness for biodiversity affects implementation and compliance;
- Examine how stakeholder knowledge of sustainable supply chain initiatives affects choices by business and consumers of which products to purchase/source, and from whom;
- Determine farmer perceptions of benefits/disbenefits of sustainability practices and trade-offs between yield, management and biodiversity.
You will have a background in ecology, environmental or social sciences. It will require quantitative skills, and an ability to critically analyse the evidence for biodiversity benefits of sustainability practices. You will develop and apply skills in questionnaire design and analysis, participatory and stakeholder engagement/knowledge exchange methods, and socio-economic methods. You will carry out ecological field work, testing ways in which sustainability practices enhance biodiversity, and using satellite forest-cover data to quantify deforestation patterns in landscapes with/without high take-up of sustainability certification, and test biodiversity benefits of Zero Deforestation Commitments (ZDCs).
LCAB will provide you with opportunities to interact with other students and researchers across departments and institutions, and will offer additional training as required. Please check the LCAB website https://www.york.ac.uk/anthropocene-biodiversity/
An opportunity is also available to submit your own proposal for a fully funded studentship with LCAB.
The LCAB and the Department of Biology are committed to recruiting extraordinary future scientists regardless of age, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation or career pathway to date. We understand that commitment and excellence can be shown in many ways and have built our recruitment process to reflect this. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds, particularly those underrepresented in science, who have curiosity, creativity and a drive to learn new skills.
If English is not your first language, you will need to meet the minimum entry requirements for your country. Please check our website: https://www.york.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-research/apply/international/english/
START DATE: 1st October 2021
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