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Regenerative Tourism: A community based approach for post-industrial Scottish towns (PHDBCI2122001)


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  Dr S Carnicelli, Dr Masood Khodadadi  No more applications being accepted  Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

Recent research has evidenced some of the major issues in tourism including the social impacts on local communities, the environmental degradation of unique and fragile ecosystems and the financial problems of over-reliance on a mono-economic strategy. Now, following the effects of COVID-19, there are calls for tourism to move beyond ‘business as usual’ and to find a pathway towards regenerative tourism (Cave and Dredge, 2020). This project will use a community-based and participatory research approach to explore the development of post-industrial towns in Scotland as a source of regenerative tourism. The research aims to understand how post-industrial towns can become places for socially just, environmentally sustainable, and culturally rich tourism.

This proposed study will adopt a case study approach focusing on post-industrial towns in Scotland. Some of these towns are situated within the area of Renfrewshire Council, partners and co-funders of the Centre for Culture, Sport and Events (CCSE). To understand the potential of a different type of tourism that helps to diversify the economy, tackle issues regarding labour conditions and reduce environmental impacts, we will contribute to the development of the post-industrial towns and to the social, economic, and cultural capital of its citizens.

The studentship is open to UK citizens and EU applicants with pre-settled or settled status, 

How to Apply

All applications should be completed through the online application system of UWS: https://www.uws.ac.uk/study/research-degrees/admissions-application/postgraduate-research-application-guide/.

Applications should include the following:

 Updated CV

 Cover letter

 Degree transcripts to date

Closing date for applications: 30th April 2022

Interviews: May 2022

Programme Start: October 2022

For informal enquiries about this position, please contact Dr Sandro Carnicelli ([Email Address Removed])


Funding Notes

The University of the West of Scotland (UWS) is seeking to attract a PhD candidate of outstanding ability and commitment to join its vibrant and growing programme of internationally excellent research. The successful applicant will receive an annual stipend (currently £15,609 per annum for three years) and payment of tuition fees (current value £4,500 per annum for 3 years).
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