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PhD studentship in School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape - Transplanetary Imaginaries of Living Architecture: Sociocultural Explorations of More-than-Human Relations in Off-Earth and Futuristic Habitats

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Dr C McLeod No more applications being accepted Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

Number of awards:

Start date and duration:
1 October 2020. The funding covers a three-year PhD.

The School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape at Newcastle University invites applications for a PhD student to carry out research on sociocultural aspects associated with engineering microbes towards supporting human travel and habitation in space. Drawing on growing social science scholarship exploring extra-terrestrial imaginaries, this PhD studentship will investigate how the integration of living biomaterials into astronautics, could manifest new sociopolitical concerns or epistemological implications in human-microbial relations. The student will be encouraged to take a creative and experimental approach to exploring this topic, including ethnographic methods and interviews with astronauts, scientists, engineers and designers. There will also be significant scope for the student to input to the design and direction of their research.
The appointee will be based in the Hub for Biotechnology in the Built Environment (HBBE). For more information on the research group and projects see our website:

Newcastle University Academic Track Fellowship (NUAcT).

Name of supervisor(s):
Dr Carmen McLeod (, School of Architecture Planning and Landscape (

Eligibility Criteria:
The studentship is open to UK and EU applicants who propose to study for their PhD on a full-time basis.
Applicants must have:
• a 2.1 degree in social sciences or humanistic social sciences;
• a postgraduate degree to Distinction in a relevant subject in the social sciences or humanistic social sciences (eg, sociology, anthropology, geography, architecture and science and technology studies);
• IELTS 6.5 overall (with 6.5 in writing and a minimum of 6.0 in all other sub-skills) if English is not your first language.

We are looking for candidates who have an ability and willingness to work as a member of an interdisciplinary team with outstanding communication and interpersonal skills.

Newcastle University ( is committed to promoting diversity, and we particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups.

How to apply:
You must send the following to Marian Kyte by email to [Email Address Removed]. Please quote reference code APL028 in the email heading.
• A covering letter and CV. The covering letter must state the title of the studentship, quote the studentship reference code and state how your interests and experience relate to the project
• A one page statement outlining the approach you would like to take to this project.

You should also apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system (
You will need to:
• insert the programme code 8160F in the programme of study section
• select ‘PhD School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape (full time) - Architecture’
• insert the studentship code APL028 in the studentship/partnership reference field.

For further details, please email Dr Carmen McLeod.( [Email Address Removed]

Funding Notes

UK/EU students - bursary of £19,692 per year for 3 years to cover fees and living costs.

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