SeNSS has teamed up with the ARIES Doctoral Training Partnership, funded by the Natural Environment Research Council, to fund a joint studentship. Our successful applicant will be working on an interdisciplinary project, sited at the boundaries of NERC and ESRC research, and will have the opportunity to access training and other benefits from across both the SeNSS and ARIES consortia.


Please check back here on 1 November for details of our next competition.


If you would like to see the research projects which were advertised for 2019/20 to get an idea of the kind of studentships that might be available, please scroll through the three supervisor-led projects below.

Delivering Effective Marine Protected Areas – Backing the Blue Belt through Governance Structures

A CASE project with the Marine Management Organisation

Host Institution: University of Essex

Supervisors: Dr Tom Cameron (School of Biological Sciences, University of Essex), Dr Gina Yannitell Reinhardt (Department of Government, University of Essex), and Dr Michelle Taylor (School of Biological Sciences, University of Essex)

CASE Supervisor: Dr Christopher Sweeting (Marine Management Organisation)

Research Project: Environmental sustainability is an important current issue. Marine conservation is key to sustaining our natural and environmental resources. The conservation of marine species such as porpoises and flame shells, or marine features such as seagrass and chalk reefs, often takes place through Marine Protected Areas (MPAs, Lown et al 2018). Some MPAs perform quite well in preserving and sustaining resources, but others perform much worse. Why is that?

For more information, click here.

Innovative adaptive coastal governance: the Bacton-Walcott Sandscaping Scheme

A CASE project with North Norfolk District Council, collaboration with Royal HaskoningDHV

Host Institution: University of East Anglia

Supervisors: Dr Trevor Tolhurst (School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia), Dr Candice Howarth (School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, University of Surrey), and Dr Irene Lorenzoni (School of Environmental Sciences, University of Essex)

Research project: Rising sea levels and other effects of climate change are exacerbating coastal change internationally. Recognition of the benefits of coastal defences that work with natural processes has resulted in a shift towards ‘soft’ coastal protection. What are the benefits, impacts and implications for society?

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Finding the Feel-Good Factor: Relating Human Subjective Wellbeing to Biodiversity

A CASE project with Natural England and RSPB

Host Institution: University of Kent

Supervisors: Dr Zoe Davies (Ecology and Conservation, University of Kent), Prof. Jay Mistry (Human Geography, Royal Holloway University of London), Dr. Robert Fish (Human Geography, University of Kent), Dr. Martin Dallimer (University of Leeds), and Dr. Katherine Irvine (James Hutton Institute)

Case supervisors: Dr. Richard Bradbury (RSPB) and Dr. Dave Stone (Natural England)

Research project: We live in a time of profound environmental change. Phenomena such as urbanisation and agricultural intensification are degrading ecosystems and decreasing biodiversity. Yet, while it is widely asserted in research, policy and practice arenas that interacting with nature is fundamental to human subjective wellbeing, there is little evidence characterising how biodiversity underpins this accepted truth. This PhD tackles this challenging problem by working across the disciplines of human geography, environmental psychology and ecology.

For more information, click here.