What’s it like to do a PhD in Rural Planning?
A PhD in Rural Planning is an advanced degree that prepares students for careers in academia, research and government. Students who earn a PhD in Rural Planning can expect to learn about the theory and practice of planning, policymaking and management in rural areas. They could also develop expertise in a specific area of rural planning, such as land use planning, community development or environmental planning.
There are lots of benefits to conducting research into Rural Planning. First, it can help to improve the quality of life for people who live in rural areas. It can also help to promote economic development and sustainable land use in rural areas, as well as inform policymaking at the local, national and international levels.
Typical research topics for a PhD in Rural Planning could include:
- Local governance
- Community resilience
- Rural enterprise
- Demographic change
- Social exclusion and poverty
- Agricultural processes
- Climate change resilience
As part of your PhD, you’ll complete an extended dissertation project and may also publish papers or teach during your doctorate.