About the Project
This project will design and deliver an integrated decision support tool (DST) to prioritise areas for restoration in a transparent, open, replicable, scalable way. It will use a mixed methods approach, potentially including biodiversity assessments, Q-methodology, cost-benefit and multi-criteria decision analysis, stakeholder engagement and participatory monitoring, combining desk-based analyses and fieldwork, with a focus on sites in England. The PhD student will develop a nuanced assessment of co-benefits and trade-offs associated with different restoration options across different landscape components, stakeholder groups and over different spatial and temporal scales. The student will draw on top-down scientific assessments and bottom-up stakeholder inputs, extending ideas around the application of conservation triage approaches to ecosystem service conservation in degraded landscapes (Dallimer and Stringer, 2018).
Increasing public concern about climate and biodiversity crises, combined with Government commitments to strengthen environmental policies post-Brexit mean it is vital and timely to develop scalable cost-effective decision processes for environmental restoration if the UK is to meet its environmental goals.
Tax-free annual UKRI stipend (£15,285 for 2020/21)
UK tuition fees (£4,473 for 2021/22)
Research support and training charges (RSTC)
International candidates (including EU) will be considered however they will need to have adequate funds to meet the difference in tuition fees. International tuition fees for 2021 entry is £22,250.
Not all projects will be funded; a limited number of candidates will be appointed via a competitive process.
START DATE: 1st October 2021
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