The studentship will support the Principal Supervisor’s Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Leadership Fellowship ‘Lessons Learned on the Implementation to and Compliance with the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)’. The rate of human-induced species extinction is 100 to 1000 times higher than non-human caused extinctions (Wilson 2016) and whilst the main cause of species extinction is habitat loss – the second cause is overexploitation, poaching and the international illegal wildlife trade (CITES 2016; IUCN 2016; WWF 2017). Every three years at the meetings of the Conference of the Parties of CITES, more species are added to appendices, which limit or prohibit trade. The failure of CITES to protect species from being overexploited is a combination of lack of proper implementation of the Convention and the increasing consumption of wildlife. The AHRC research of the Principal Supervisor seeks to address the former by developing three case studies of best practice related to CITES legislation. The studentship will assist with the data collection, but rather than focusing on legislation, the studentship is meant to address the latter by focusing on reducing consumer demand for wildlife and wildlife products. Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals with innovative methodologies and approaches to investigate how to decrease the consumption of wildlife and change consumer behaviour. Any geographic or species focus are welcome though projects targeting overlooked regions and/or so-called non-charismatic fauna or flora are of particular interest.
Eligibility and How to Apply
Please note eligibility requirement:
• Academic excellence of the proposed student i.e. 2:1 (or equivalent GPA from non-UK universities [preference for 1st class honours]); or a Masters (preference for Merit or above); or APEL evidence of substantial practitioner achievement.
• Appropriate IELTS score, if required.
• Applicants cannot apply for this funding if currently engaged in Doctoral study at Northumbria or elsewhere.
For further details of how to apply, entry requirements and the application form, see https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/research/postgraduate-research-degrees/how-to-apply/
Please note: Applications that do not include a research proposal of approximately 1,000 words (not a copy of the advert), or that do not include the advert reference (e.g. RDF18/…) will not be considered.
Deadline for applications: 28 January 2018
Start Date: 1 October 2018
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The studentship includes a full stipend, paid for three years at RCUK rates (for 2017/18, this is £14,553 pa) and fees