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Nature’s Cities: Places for Wildlife in the Modern City - MScR in Global Environmental Challenges

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  • Full or part time
    Dr A Flack
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  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

About the project
A new documentary series - ’Cities: Nature’s New Wild’ - recently drew public attention to the wildlife that pervades cities all over the world. Traditionally considered places of and for humans, cities are, in fact, wild places where people live alongside non-human animal species of many sorts. Indeed, a present campaign to turn London into the world’s first National Park City (, and Bristol’s recent stint as European Green Capital testifies to the presence of the wild in our supposedly fully-tamed cities. This research challenge - broadly conceived - invites research students to propose historically-focussed research projects that consider the past connections between wildlife and cities in modernity. Research questions may focus on: which species have thrived in urban centres, and what kinds of initatives have been successful in supporting animal life? Which animals have been driven from our cities, and turned into urban outcasts? How/why have certain areas been reserved specifically for wildlife? How have species adapted to survive in sustainable relationship and in close proximity to the destructive human animal? How have cities impacted on animal populations far beyond those cities themselves

Why choose this opportunity?
You will benefit from being part of the Centre for Environmental Humanities, as well as working with a new voice in the recently-emergent field of Animal Studies/Animal History. I am well-connected to students and scholars working on animal-related topics across the world. You will also gain from the potential to share your work with urban organisations who might themselve benefit from the findings of your research.

About you
The student will need to have a grounding in environmental history, and an interest in animals and their relationships with people. The student will also need to have the ability to identify and work with archival material, to understand and interpret thatmaterial, and to present it in an analytical form in a dissertation-length piece of writing.

About the programme
The Cabot Institute Masters by Research is a unique opportunity to work with a leading supervisor to deliver a one-year research project that you are passionate about. The programme will bring together exceptional students from all backgrounds with a common mission – protecting the planet and securing our future. As well as learning from your supervisor, you will learn from your fellow students; coming together to share your ideas and developing your problem-solving skills as part of an interdisciplinary team over the year. As well as being hosted within the Cabot Institute you will have a direct relationship within the relevant School for your research area, allowing you to fully take advantage of a wide-ranging research community.
Alongside your research project, you will benefit from a unique personal development and transferable skills training schedule. These unaccredited, optional events will give you the opportunity to come together with your peers to improve your research skills and develop an innovative approach to the global challenges we face today. You will also be encouraged to propose your own interests for a seminar series, giving you a unique platform to mould your studies and get involved directly with the programme. The training schedule will focus on:
• Interdisciplinarity & Collaboration
• Innovation & Enterprise
• Making your research a success
• Research communications
• Ignite your interests (your chance to propose ideas for a seminar series)
You will also gain access to the Cabot Institute’s network of experts across academia, government, business and industry via networking events. These opportunities will not only support your research, but give you the edge in your future career, whatever that may be.

Funding Notes

Programme fees per year:
UK/EU Full time £6950, Part time £3560
Overseas Full time £21700, Part time £11100

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