What’s it like to study a PhD in Agricultural Geography?
You’ll conduct independent research in Agricultural Geography, with the aim of completing an extended dissertation that will make a substantial contribution to the field.
You will be assigned a specialist supervisor to oversee your progress, and likely be placed in a research group comprised of fellow PhD candidates and researchers that share your interests.
Possible research areas include:
- Sustainable food systems
- Agricultural policy
- Decision-making in farming
- Women in agriculture
- Post-productivism in agriculture
A PhD in Agricultural Geography will likely involve research across a range of disciplines, since the processes by which land patterns arise can be cultural, social, economic and political.
Data collection will usually involve field work, but may also consist of studying satellite imagery, maps and photographs. Depending on your focus, you may wish to conduct surveys, focus groups and interviews. You will often receive training from your department in research methodology and field skills.
There are a small number of advertised PhDs in the field of Agricultural Geography, but most students will need to propose their own project. This means you’ll define your own objectives and the parameters of your research.