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Economic Geography PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for Self-funded Students in the UK

We have 15 Economic Geography PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for Self-funded Students in the UK

Economic Geography

Economic Geography is subdiscipline of Human Geography that focuses on the spatial aspects of economic activity. It examines how livelihood systems vary by area, and the physical, cultural, technological, and political factors that determine the distribution of economic activities.

You may research the economic challenges faced by people, businesses and governments in various locations. By understanding paths to economic development that can be implemented in specific places, your research may have concrete implications for economic policy.

By the end of your PhD, you’ll produce an extended dissertation that should make substantial contribution to the field.

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

You’ll be assigned a supervisor with expertise in the field, and work towards a final dissertation of approximately 80,000 words.

You may employ a number of research methods during your research, including the collection and analysis of qualitative, quantitative and spatial data.

Possible research areas include:

  • Economic globalisation
  • The impact of foreign investment on host economies
  • The impact of climate change on local economies
  • The integration of multinational companies within host cultures
  • Uneven economic development
  • Economic variation in urban and rural areas

There are only a small number of advertised PhDs in Economic Geography, so most candidates will propose their own project. This means you’ll determine your research objectives and the parameters of your project independently.

PhD in Economic 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 Economic Geography funding

Economic Geography PhDs are funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), which offers fully funded studentships which covering tuition fees, living costs, and any expense related to travel of research trips.

You’ll need to have a confirmed place at a university before applying for research council funding. If you’re applying for a predesigned project, it may have funding attached.

Research council funding is extremely competitive, meaning many students will have to ‘self-fund’ their PhD. There are numerous options for candidates taking this route, including the UK government’s doctoral loan, support from charities or trusts, and part-time employment.

PhD in Economic Geography Careers

By the end of your PhD, you’ll have all the skills necessary to continue a career in research, such as academic writing, conference presentation and abstract reasoning. However, many graduates go on to pursue non-academic career paths in sectors such as public administration, financial services, international aid and development, and many more.

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Valuing Green Infrastructure for a Well adapted UK

  Research Group: School of Civil Engineering
It is widely accepted that we cannot simply build our way out of the climate & biodiversity emergency (e.g. using traditional grey infrastructure solution). Read more

QUADRAT DTP: Ecohydrological response of tropical peatlands to climate change and human impacts

This fully funded, 42-month PhD project is part of the QUADRAT Doctoral Training Partnership. Globally, peatlands contain stored C equivalent to the amount that would be emitted to the atmosphere from burning fossil fuels at the 2007 annual global rate for the next 75 years. Read more

AI Driven Urban Planning for Clean, Sustainable, Inclusive, and Efficient Cities

Summary. This project is under the Edinburgh Earth, Ecology and Environment Doctoral Training Partnership (E4 DTP). E4 DTP, led by the School of GeoSciences at the University of Edinburgh, is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council to recruit and train 5 cohorts of PhD students annually between 2019 and 2023. Read more

Infrastructure to support community wealth building in rural Scotland

Funding. This PhD project is part of a competition funded by SRUC. This opportunity is open to UK and International students and provides funding to cover tuition fees at the UK rate, plus a stipend to support living costs. Read more

PhD study in the Department of Economics

We are seeking talented and enthusiastic students to join the PhD programme in Economics at the University of Sheffield from September 2023. Read more

Valuing green and blue urban landscapes

During this prolonged period of neo-liberal development our discourse in the West has become fragmented between a growing concern for climate change/sustainability and a continued need to promote intensive growth and prioritise the needs of capital. Read more
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