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Social Geography PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

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We have 20 Social Geography PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

PhD in Social Geography

Social Geography is a branch of Human Geography that studies the interaction between society and space. PhD candidates in Social Geography investigate the ways in which social phenomena such as migration and demographic change impact human environments, as well as how spatial conditions impact the development of societies.

What’s it like to study a PhD in Social Geography?

With the guidance of an expert supervisor, you’ll work towards an extended dissertation that should make a significant, original contribution to the field of Social Geography.

Possible research areas include:

  • Tourism
  • Globalisation
  • Migration
  • Environmental conservation
  • Food environments
  • Urbanisation

Most of your time as a PhD candidate in Social Geography will likely be spent carrying out independent research. You might use methods such as surveys, interviews, focus groups, field studies, and participant observation. Some Social Geographers also gather data using technologies such as Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing.

Alongside your research, you may be required to attend training, and assist with departmental duties such as undergraduate teaching.

You may have the opportunity to publish your work in academic journals or present your work at conferences.

PhD in Social Geography entry Requirements

The minimum entry requirement for PhD projects in Geography is usually a 2:1 Bachelors degree in a relevant discipline, though a Masters degree is occasionally required. Applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis, so it’s likely that a postgraduate qualification will be an advantage, even if it is not required.

PhD in Social Geography funding options

The Research Council responsible for funding most Social Geography PhDs in the UK is the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), but depending on the focus of your project, you may also be able to apply for funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

Research councils provide fully funded studentships that include coverage of your tuition fees, along with a stipend to cover living expenses. Advertised Geography PhDs will often have studentships attached. Students proposing their own research project may be able to apply for a studentship after being accepted onto a programme.

Many Social Geography PhD programmes, however, will only accept self-funded students. Options for independently financing your PhD include the UK government’s doctoral loan, part-time employment alongside your studies and support from charities or trusts.

PhD in Social Geography Careers

Many PhD graduates in Social Geography will go on to pursue and career in research, but you’ll also be well-qualified to seek work in numerous other fields such as urban planning, local or national government, consultancy or market research.

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Creative community engagement for climate and water action: a comparative study

This PhD scholarship is offered by the Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarship Centre for Water Cultures, an interdisciplinary research centre exploring humanity’s relationships with water in the green-blue regions of the world, past, present and future. Read more

Flooded Futures: Exploring sci-fi imaginings to develop future flood resilient cities

This PhD scholarship is offered by the Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarship Centre for Water Cultures, an interdisciplinary research centre exploring humanity’s relationships with water in the green-blue regions of the world, past, present and future. Read more

Investigating the links between climate-related water stresses, migration and human trafficking

This PhD scholarship is offered by the Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarship Centre for Water Cultures, an interdisciplinary research centre exploring humanity’s relationships with water in the green-blue regions of the world, past, present and future. Read more

Experiences of Intersectionality and Support among Adults with Learning Disabilities in Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Communities

The recent context of the Covid-19 pandemic and cost-of-living crisis has illuminated systemic and structural problems of inequality that people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities experience; doubly so when disability and the need for care and support is considered (TLAP, 2021). Read more

Advancing intersectional geographies of diaspora-led development in times of multiple crises

We expect candidates to develop a research proposal for the following topic. There is an increasing urgency to understand the impact of multiple, overlapping national and global crises on individual and collective remittance practices. Read more

Placemaking Automobilities: rural and urban tourist experiences on the road (RDF23/EIS/WILSON)

This PhD opportunity cuts across tourism management and geography, where the candidate will be encouraged to draw from contemporary ideas in mobilities research to understand more about touristic experiences of different forms of mobility. Read more

Developing a high-resolution spatial model to assess solar photovoltaic panel suitability for reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and energy costs

  Research Group: Geography and Environmental Studies
Low Carbon Technologies such as solar PV can reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and generate electricity for self-consumption, which cut down the import of energy from the grid which is susceptible to energy price shocks. Read more

UK’s Infectious Disease Geospatial Project: Mapping incidences to understand and predict behaviour.

We are currently recruiting a PhD candidate to join the School of Psychology at the University of Nottingham. The successful candidate will be supervised by Dr Brian O’Shea (Psychology, 50%), Dr James Goulding (Computer Science, 40%) & Dr Alexa Spence (Psychology, 10%). Read more

Migrant youth activisms: de-bordering practices and urban solidarities in re-imagining the city

This project is part of the Centre for Doctoral Training in New Horizons in Borders and Bordering. Through engagement with youth-led movements this project will challenge simplistic categorizations and binary thinking. Read more

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