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Political Geography PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in the UK

We have 14 Political Geography PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in the UK

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We have 14 Political Geography PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in the UK

PhD in Political Geography

Political geography is the study of the way in which political systems are shaped by and influence the physical geography of the Earth. It is primarily concerned with how the political processes and their outcomes are shaped by spatial factors.

By the end of your PhD, you’ll produce an extended dissertation that should make a significant original contribution to the field of Political Geography.

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

You’ll spend the majority of your time conducting independent research under the guidance of an expert supervisor in your chosen topic. Research methods in Political Geography can include fieldwork, mapping, statistical analysis, and remote sensing.

Possible research areas include:

  • Climate policy
  • Role of geography in voting behaviour
  • Political boundaries and national borders
  • Migration
  • Climate change as a cause of conflict
  • Food security

Alongside your research, you may be required to attend additional training and help with undergraduate teaching. You may also have the chance to present at academic conferences and publish your work in journals.

There are a handful of advertised PhD projects available in Political Geography, but most students will design their own project. This means you’ll decide your own objectives and determine the parameters of your research.

PhD in Political Geography funding entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement for PhD projects in Geography is normally an upper-second class Bachelors degree in a relevant subject. A Masters degree is sometimes also required. It’s worth noting applications are considered on a case-by-case basis, and a postgraduate qualification may be an advantage even if it is not required.

PhD in Political Geography funding options

The Research Council responsible for funding Political Geography PhDs in the UK is usually the Economic and Social Research Council (ERSC), which provides studentships covering tuition fees and living costs. Some advertised PhDs have funding attached, or you can apply for a studentship once you’ve been accepted onto a programme.

Full studentships are extremely competitive, so it’s likely to have to fund at least part of your PhD independently. Options for students taking this route include the UK government’s doctoral loan, funding for charities and trusts or part-time employment alongside your studies.

PhD in Political Geography careers

Many students who complete a PhD in Political Geography will go on to pursue research careers, but you could also consider roles in local or national government, policy analysis, lobbying or political consultancy.

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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

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

PhD Studentship investigating livelihoods and natural resources in a global development context

The School of Global Development at UEA and the Department of Food and Resource Economics at the University of Copenhagen (UCPH) advertise one 3-year PhD Postgraduate Research Studentship researching livelihoods and natural resources, starting October 2023. 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

The role of nation state in reconfiguring global production networks: state-led projects, scalar politics and grassroots agency (RDF23/GES/FU)

The classical North-South spillover thesis no longer can account for the development dynamics across the globe, whereby the new millennium has witnessed the increasing rise of Neo-Techno-Nationalism (NTN) which is characterized by the nation state’s nationalistic ambitions to boost indigenous capabilities and to nurture leading position in key sectors. Read more

Territorial Integrity, 1815-Present: A Conceptual History

In virtually every recent territorial dispute, the concept of 'territorial integrity' is invoked, from Ukraine's efforts to repel Russia's invasion to China's efforts to exercise influence over Taiwan. Read more

Understanding cyber security risk behaviour of Generation Z

Please note that advertised projects are sample projects and prospective applicants are not required to apply to one of the advertised projects, but are welcome to discuss broader research interests with the academic named in the advert - and/or to apply with their own research proposal. 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

PhD opportunities in Intelligence and Security Studies

Join a pioneering academic centre established in the UK to deal specifically with intelligence issues, policy and institutions, that for the last decade promoted and developed social science and policy-oriented approaches to intelligence. Read more
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