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Sustainable Masculinities and Environmental Education PhD

Centre for Global Learning: Education and Attainment

About the Project

Coventry University (CU) is inviting applications from suitably-qualified graduates for a fully funded PhD studentship at one of the University Research Centres (Global Learning: Education and Attainment – GLEA https://www.coventry.ac.uk/research/areas-of-research/global-learning/about-us/), for a September 2021 start. The Centre conducts fundamental research that impacts upon the higher education sector, creating better futures and societies.

This Sustainable Masculinities and Environmental Education PhD Research Project will explore pathways to positive environmental action and educational initiatives through an innovative approach. Rather than conduct an analysis focusing primarily on environmental actions themselves, here we begin with an exploration of the roots of that activism among male activists. In so doing, this research will facilitate better understandings of intersectional masculine identities and experiential triggers that lead some men to become advocates and activists for environmental justice.

Here we build on, but, importantly, move away from the theoretical trope of hegemonic masculinities as traditionally linked to particular normative, dominant, masculinised constructs, such as the masculinisation of particular forms of economic and cultural capital and concomitant feminisation and domination of nature and the ‘exotic other’. Rather, this research will interrogate constructions of alternative ‘non-hegemonic’ masculinities, what we refer to as sustainable masculinities, and their connections to models of good practice in environmental education and activism. Through empirical in-depth life-course analysis with men working in diverse cultural contexts we will explore how they were able to develop their models of sustainable masculinities, to understand what masculinity means for them, and consider what led them to become environmental activists and educators of the next generation.

Training and Development

The successful candidate will receive comprehensive research training including technical, personal and professional skills.

All researchers at Coventry University (from PhD to Professor) are part of the Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability and Development, which provides support with high-quality training and career development activities.

Entry criteria for applicants to PhD

• A minimum of a 2:1 first degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 60% mark in the project element or equivalent with a minimum 60% overall module average. PLUS the potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a 3.5 years
• a minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component)


UK/EU/International graduates with the required entry requirements


Full-time – between three and three and a half years fixed term

For further details see: https://www.coventry.ac.uk/research/research-students/making-an-application/

How to apply

Enquiries may be addressed to Professor Suzanne Clisby. Please email GLEA

To apply on line please visit: https://pgrplus.coventry.ac.uk/

All applications require full supporting documentation, and a covering letter – plus a 2000-word supporting statement is required showing how the applicant’s expertise and interests are relevant to the project.

Funding Notes

Bursary plus tuition fees (UK/EU)

This is a fully-funded studentship including full tuition fees (UK/EU/International) plus stipend (based upon the applicable UKRI rate at the point of the award) and additional allowances.

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