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Urban Geography PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in the UK

We have 16 Urban Geography PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in the UK

PhD in Urban Geography

Urban Geography is a branch of Human Geography that studies cities and urban processes. PhD researchers in this area examine the ways in which cities and towns and constructed and governed, and the experiences of their inhabitants.

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

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

Possible research topics include:

  • City classification
  • Urbanisation
  • Gated communities
  • City transportation
  • Urban planning and development

You’ll spend much of your time as a PhD student Urban Geography conducting independent research, which might include numerous methods such as field work, interviews, surveys, or the use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS).

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 in Urban Geography, but most students will propose their own project.

PhD in Urban Geography entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement for PhD projects in Urban 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 Urban Geography funding options

The Research Council responsible for funding most Human Geography PhDs in the UK is the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). 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 Human 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 Urban Geography careers

Many PhD graduates in Human 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 urban and transportation planning, site selection for business infrastructure and real estate development.

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Inclusivity and the transition to sustainability: Working-class, BAME and other intersectional perspectives on Just Transition

There is increasing recognition that working-class, BAME and other intersectional groups carry a disproportionate burden of environmental harms, yet are often excluded from environmental debates, under-represented in environmental organisations, and negatively impacted by environmental policies (see, e.g., Bell, 2020). Read more

Building Intergenerational Age-Friendly Cities and Communities

  Research Group: The Urban Institute
Project Ref. JWS2023-RW. The World Health Organisation Age-Friendly Cities and Communities agenda has provided a framework for the development of cities and communities that enable social participation, independence and ageing-in-place. Read more

Urban Mobility and Active Travel for Ageing Communities in 20-minute City Neighbourhoods

  Research Group: The Urban Institute
Project Ref. JWS2023-JM. The need for active travel for ageing communities within cities has been recognised globally for many decades, linked to the importance of mobility for older people to enhance physical and mental wellbeing. Read more
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The co-creation of urban nature-based solutions with marginalised groups

  Research Group: The Urban Institute
Project Ref. EGIS2023-SVJ. Humanity in the Anthropocene is faced with the coupled threats of climate breakdown and unprecedented biodiversity loss, prompting a need to fundamentally change the ways in which we govern socio-ecological and socio-technical systems. Read more

Developing an urban canopy model for improved weather forecasts in cities

Most of the world’s population now experiences an urban version of weather extremes and climate change. Accurate forecasting of weather and air quality in cities relies on correctly representing the physics of turbulent exchange of heat between the surface and the overlying atmosphere. Read more

Walking, Observing, Connecting, Belonging: Propositional Map Making in the City

This research project focuses on the development of a new form of map I have termed the Propositional Walking Map (PWM). This form of map may act as a stimulant to critical evaluation of the everyday, to wellbeing in the city and, more generally, to new ways of assimilating the city. Read more
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Young people, urban green and blue space use, and barriers.

This studentship will investigate the current mental health crisis and explore how this is influencing urban green and blue spaces (UGBS) use in young people, as well as how urban green and blue spaces may help to mitigate poor mental health in this group. . Read more
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PhD studentship in Environmental Engineering: New Scour Protection Measures to Improve Bridge Resilience

Overview. Bridges are essential elements of infrastructure the world over and their maintenance and protection is critical to ensure public safety and to facilitate travel within and between the places people live and work. Read more

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