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Measuring and Valuing Pollination Services in Europe


School of Agriculture, Policy and Development

Reading United Kingdom Agricultural Geography Agricultural Sciences Ecology Economics

About the Project

Pollination is a key ecosystem service that underpins the livelihoods and health of people across Europe. A major new EU project SAFEGUARD (Safeguarding European Pollination Services) aims to understand how current EU agricultural practices affect pollination services and what the consequences will be for people and businesses.

This fully funded 4-year PhD will be integrated into the Safeguard project and will develop and test new methods to value changes in pollination services for both farmers and consumers across Europe, both in terms of monetary values and access to healthy, nutritious foods. The studentship will also include the opportunity to work with stakeholders in developing new value chain analyses that will explore how losses of pollination services to crops grown outside of Europe (e.g. Cocoa, coffee) affect European consumers and businesses.

The studentship will be based at the University of Reading’s world leading School of Agriculture, Policy and Development (ranked 12th in the world for agriculture) which has a strong track record in innovative research and developing outputs informing policy and practice. They will receive training and support in ecology, economics and modelling tailored to their specific needs and access to state-of-the-art research facilities. This is one of several PhD studentships supported by the Safeguard project and the student will have the opportunity to interact with many of Europe’s leading scientists working on pollinator biodiversity and ecological valuation. 

The ideal candidate will have a background in either spatial modelling or micro-economics, have an interest in food systems research and be able to work with a wide range of different perspectives and values. An understanding of ecosystem services is desirable but not essential. 

Applicants should hold or expect to gain a minimum of either a 2:1 Bachelor Degree or a Masters degree, or equivalent qualifications in Economics, Geography or related subject areas.

The studentship is open to UK residents only. Interviews will be held week commencing 14th June 2021 and the studentship starts in October 2021.

To apply click at https://www.risisweb.reading.ac.uk/si/sits.urd/run/siw_ipp_lgn.login?process=siw_ipp_app&code1=P_ADM&code2=0001 create your account and use the link sent by email to start the application process.  During the application process, please select the PhD in Ecology and Agri-Environmental Research and include a 1 page cover letter and 2 page CV.

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Please note that, where a candidate is successful in being awarded funding, this will be confirmed via a formal studentship award letter; this will be provided separately from any Offer of Admission and will be subject to standard checks for eligibility and other criteria. 

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Funding Notes

Due to restrictions on the funding this studentship is only open to UK applicants.

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