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Questions of space, place and belonging in the Tees Valley


   Centre for Culture and Creativity

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About the Project

Climate change creates large risks for the Tees Valley, and has been a focus for local authorities, evidenced by the creation of Climate Action Middlesbrough and the Tees Valley Climate Change Strategy, and the work of environmental groups, including: Tees Valley Nature Partnership, Tees Valley Wildlife Trust, and Tees Valley Rural Action. Much of the Tees Valley is susceptible to direct climate change impacts such as rising sea levels and flooding, which will impact homes, businesses and the coastal and wetland habitats of the Teesmouth and North Tees Valley marshes (Tees Valley Unlimited, 2010).  

This project aims to explore the role of creative writing in providing new insights into relation to the built and natural environment in the Tees Valley, foregrounding artistic and cultural responses to climate crisis and our relation to non-human life. Applicants will be invited to devise a project in which they develop a body of original creative work in response to the research theme of the environment and the Tees Valley, thinking about space, place, and belonging. The student will reflect on their experience of developing the creative work, produced through the practice-based research outlined above, within a rigorous critical framework drawn from desk-based research, interviews, archival material, and networking with Tees Valley stakeholders.  

 A good BA and MA in Creative Writing or another relevant discipline(s) are prerequisites. 

Entry Requirements

Applicants should hold or expect to obtain a good honours degree (2:1 or above) in a relevant discipline. A masters level qualification in a relevant discipline is desirable, but not essential, as well as a demonstrable understanding of the research area. Further details of the expected background may appear in the specific project details. International students will be subject to the standard entry criteria relating to English language ability, ATAS clearance and, when relevant, UK visa requirements and procedures.

How to Apply

Applicants should apply online for this opportunity at: https://e-vision.tees.ac.uk/si_prod/userdocs/web/apply.html?CourseID=1191

Please use the Online Application (Funded PHD) application form. When asked to specify funding select “other” and enter ‘RDS’ and the title of the PhD project that you are applying for. You should ensure that you clearly indicate that you are applying for a Funded Studentship and the title of the topic or project on the proposal that you will need to upload when applying. If you would like to apply for more than one project, you will need to complete a further application form and specify the relevant title for each application to a topic or project.

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Funding Notes

The Fees-Paid PhD studentship will cover all tuition fees for the period of a full-time PhD Registration of up to four years. Successful applicants who are eligible will be able to access the UK Doctoral Loan scheme https://www.gov.uk/doctoral-loan to support with living costs. The Fully Funded PhD Studentship covers tuition fees for the period of a full-time PhD Registration of up to four years and provide an annual tax-free stipend of £15,000 for three years, subject to satisfactory progress. Applicants who are employed and their employer is interested in funding a PhD, can apply for a Collaborative Studentship.
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