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Urban Geography PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for Self-funded Students

We have 22 Urban Geography PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for Self-funded Students

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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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

Assessing energy efficiency of buildings – role of remote sensing data and geospatial methods

  Research Group: Geography and Environmental Studies
Climate change projections predict substantial impacts on cities and human development in future. The goal of Paris Agreement is to limit global warming to below 2°C rise, compared to the pre-industrial levels (1850-1900) and making an all-out effort to limit this increase to 1.5°C (UNFCCC, 2015). Read more

Human Wildlife Conflict in Ireland: perception versus reality

  Research Group: Geography and Environmental Studies
Human-Wildlife Conflict (HWC) is a rapidly developing issue in biodiversity and conservation management. Increased frequency of contact between wildlife and people can lead to increased frequency of conflict. Read more

Urban flooding: Blue-green infrastructure as a strategy for resilience

The impact of urban, pluvial flooding is increasing on account of our warming climate. This is heightened even further with the growth of cities, which is placing increased pressure on land use. Read more

Education for the future: scoping out the opportunities for education to support environmental stewardship

Formal education in the UK has not placed climate action high on its agenda with discussions of climate change often limited to ‘factual’ teachings in science, geography and more latterly, the new natural history GCSE. Read more

Urban biodiversity and society in the Anthropocene - exploring attitudes, behaviours and consequences of urban rewilding

The concept and practice of urban rewilding is gaining momentum worldwide. Initiatives range from altering mowing regimes to species reintroduction schemes, aiming to increase biodiversity, provide ecosystem services and reconnect people with nature. Read more

Sustainable Urban Regeneration and Development in the Global South: the tourism and liveability couplet (Ref: RDF24/BL/EIS/MORDUE)

Drawing on concepts of ‘livability’ developed in urban studies, tourism geographies, and sustainable development studies, this research investigates state-led greenspace provision as a mechanism to boost city quality of life in a developing country context, namely. Read more

PhD Studentship in 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

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