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Understanding Farmers Burn Practices and How They Change in Northern Mozambique

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, November 15, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

There is growing interest in understanding how small-scale farmers in different parts of the world organise their agricultural and land-burning activities. This is particularly in contexts where land managers seek to change how and when farmers burn in order to bring such activities more into line with wider conservation or REDD-related objectives. However, there is little understanding of the environmental, social and cultural feasibilities and impacts of changing farmer behaviour with regard to fire. This project will help to address this knowledge gap based on empirical research in the Niassa Reserve, northern Mozambique. Covering approximately ten million hectares, the Reserve is the country’s largest protected area and home to large populations of farmers practicing shifting agriculture. Using a case study approach, research will assess how fire management practices have developed in the area, what the alternatives to such practices might be, and what the socioeconomic and cultural implications are in encouraging such alternatives. A mixture of data collection methods will be employed, including interviews, questionnaires and remote sensing. 

For further details please contact Alex Arnall on:

To apply for this studentship please submit an application for a PhD in International and Rural Development at

1) Please quote the reference ‘GS19-154’ in the ‘Scholarships applied for’ box which appears within the Funding Section of your on-line application.
2) When you are prompted to upload a research proposal, please omit this step.

Please note that, where a candidate is successful in being awarded funding, this will be confirmed via a formal studentship award letter; this will be provided separately from any Offer of Admission and will be subject to standard checks for eligibility and other criteria.

Funding Notes

Due to restrictions on the funding this studentship is only open to UK/EU students. 
Start February 2020
Three-year award
Funding covers full tuition fees plus UKRI stipend
Applicants should hold or expect to gain a minimum of a 2:1 Bachelor Degree or equivalent in development studies, geography, sociology, environmental sciences/studies, or a related discipline.

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