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Natural Capital and its role in improving rural land planning and management at different spatial scales

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  • Full or part time
    Dr I Pattison
    Dr A Glass
  • Application Deadline
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  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014). In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Doctoral College, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career.
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Project Detail

The way in which we are managing the rural landscape is changing. Its primary activity in recent decades has been agricultural food production, but current political thinking is around other ecosystem services which the rural landscape can provide, such as flood control, water quality management, biodiversity etc. The UK Governments 25 Year Environment Plan uses the framework of Natural Capital, which is defined as “the elements of nature e.g freshwater, land, soils and air, which directly or indirectly bring value to people” to think about “Payment for Services”, whereby farmers and land owners are paid for other services their land provides, rather than subsidies based on land area. This project aims to provide knowledge of how an environmental policy might work in the UK post-Brexit based on these concepts. Key issues which need to be addressed relate to how we value certain services e.g. biodiversity, and how investments and beneficiaries are spatially disconnected. This project could make use of social science survey approaches, Geographical Information System mapping and Environmental Economics to develop novel solutions and tools to this timely, exciting issue.

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For further information on this project, please see the main CENTA website ( or contact Dr Ian Pattison ([Email Address Removed]).

Entry requirements

Applicants will normally need to hold, or expect to gain, at least a 2:1 degree (or equivalent) in Geography, Engineering, Economics, Earth Science or Environmental Science. A Master’s degree and/or experience in a related area associated with the research will be an advantage.

Contact details

Name: Dr Ian Pattison
Email address: [Email Address Removed]
Telephone number: +44 (0)1509 228737

How to apply

1. Complete a CENTA studentship application form in Word format (available from or
2. All applications should be made online at Under programme name, select “Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering”. During the online application process, upload the CENTA studentship application form as a supporting document.
Please quote CENTA18-LU15 when completing your online application.

Funding Notes

The studentship is for 3.5 years and is intended to start in October 2019. The studentship provides a tax free stipend of £14,777 per annum (in 2018/19) for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate (£4,260 in 2018/19) and a research training support grant of £8,000.

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