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Why is small scale agriculture unsustainable in Odisha, India?


Project Description

A fully funded studentship awarded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership (SCDTP) commencing in 2020/21 Academic Year.

The project benefits from the supervisors experience and contacts in the study area and builds upon on previous successful collaborations between Dash (PI ‘PREFUS’. 2014-2017) (remote sensing, advanced quantitative methods) and Tompkins (co-I ‘DECCMA’, 2014-2018 (human geography).

Recent work in Odisha, India by the two supervisors (Dash and Tompkins) has highlighted the crushing impact on rural agricultural households of chronic poverty, social-cultural systems and repeated cycles of damaging natural hazards (Duncan et al., 2017a). Previous work highlights that both land use and government policy towards land use and land tenure influences farmers’ choices in Odisha. What remains unclear is why small scale agriculture has been and continues to be unsustainable. The aim of this research is investigate why and to what extent households in Odisha are choosing to allow land to become barren, and what this means for future sustainability of agriculture in Odisha? The project uses mixed methods, combining remotely sensed data and in-depth interviews with rural agricultural households to understand the extent of problem and decision processes that lead to land becoming barren.

Skills Required

The project will use mixed methods, combining remotely sensed data and in-depth interviews with rural agricultural households to understand the extent of problem and decision processes that lead to land becoming barren. Expected skills: quantitative methods, remote sensing and qualitative data analysis.

Application Procedure

The closing date and time for applications is 4.00pm on 23rd January 2020. The full application procedure, the funding application form, and more information on the South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership can be found at: http://southcoastdtp.ac.uk/apply/

For further information about this project, please contact the lead supervisor detailed above. For questions relating to the application procedure, or for more information about the SCDTP, please visit the SCDTP website or contact us at

Funding Notes

Funding provides an annual maintenance grant (tax free) of £15009 (2019/20 UKRI rate), plus payment of all programme fees. Other funding available for SCDTP funded students can be found at View Website.

Funding is for 3 years full-time PhD study (pro-rata for part-time students). Applications for 1+3 funding for students completing a Master's year prior to the commencement of PhD study are also welcome (details available at View Website).

Residential Eligibility

We are able to recruit a limited number of overseas and EU students in Economics or Advanced Quantitative Methods. In all other areas, students must be considered as UK resident.

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FTE Category A staff submitted: 32.00

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