PhD studentship to work on a Leverhulme Trust funded project: ‘Evaluating the impact of austerity upon environmental policy in Europe’

Institution:University of York Department: Environment Duration: 3 years

Fully Funded PhD

Applications are invited for a fully-funded three year PhD in the Environment Department at the University of York, to work on an exciting and timely project investigating the impact of austerity upon environmental policy in Europe funded by the Leverhulme Trust and led by Dr Charlotte Burns. The project will evaluate the impact of austerity upon EU level environmental policy and four EU national case studies.


Applicants should have at least a good 2:1 degree in political science/public policy or a cognate discipline and have, or be close to completion of, a Masters degree. Applicants should have fluent written and spoken English to academic standard, and be able and willing to travel within the EU. Further European languages will be an advantage.


Full awards (UK/EU fees plus maintenance stipend of £14,000 p.a. approx) are open to UK and EU Nationals.

To Apply

Please go to our on-line application system and apply via the Environment Department, Environmental Economics and Environmental Management PhD programme.

Closing Date for Applications: 8th August 2014

Start Date: 1st October 2014

Informal Enquiries can be addressed to Dr Charlotte Burns (

Reader/Senior Lecturer/Lecturer in Human Geography

Department  Environment
 Based at University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work Full-time
 Contract Status Open
 Salary £46,400 - £57,031 (Reader), £46,400 - £53,765 (Senior Lecturer), £36,661 - £45,053 (Lecturer)
 Closing date 12th August 2014

Role Description

The Environment Department continues to grow rapidly and will move in 2015 into a dedicated new building at the heart of York’s Heslington West campus. As a component of its post-REF strategy, the Department is offering exciting opportunities to be involved in this continued expansion. You will have an interdisciplinary outlook and an international reputation for research in an area of human geography that will complement and enhance the existing strengths of the Department and the York Environmental Sustainability Institute. You will play a central role in the development of human geography at York as part of a major investment into this discipline over the next five years. Both positions are available from January 2015.

Informal enquiries about the posts should be made to Professor Colin Brown (

Salary will be commensurate with experience within the range: £46,400 -£57,031 per annum (Reader), £46,400 - £53,765 per annum (Senior Lecturer) or £36,661 - £45,053 per annum (Lecturer).

Further information and how to apply.

Using surface roughness to explore patterns of palaeo-fast glacier flow and landscape evolution in deglaciated terrain

Studentships:A fully-funded NERC studentship is available within the Environment Department, University of York to commence doctoral study as soon as possible, but ideally by January 2015.

Value: The studentship is fully funded for 3 years. The studentship cover: (i) a tax-free stipend at the standard Research Council rate (£13,726 per annum for 2013-2014), (ii) research costs, and (iii) tuition fees at the UK/EU rate.

Research topic: ‘Using surface roughness to explore patterns of palaeo-fast glacier flow and landscape evolution in deglaciated terrain’.  The topic of the Ph.D. is motivated by the fact that in recent years, the roughness of the bed beneath ice-sheets has been explored using radio-echo sounding (RES) techniques, and findings have been used to interpret the way in which subglacial landscapes have been formed and modified over time, thus providing insights into landscape evolution.  In this project, we propose to explore the roughness of previously glaciated terrain.  This will be carried out using a remote-sensing approach, with the application of techniques currently used for assessing roughness beneath contemporary ice-sheets.  Additionally, a range of different approaches will also be explored and developed.  We envisage being able to determine small scale variations in roughness, and to use this to interpret changing dynamic patterns of ice flow across North America and Northern Europe.

Eligibility: The studentship is available to UK and EU students who meet the UK residency requirements. Students from EU countries who do not meet the residency requirements may still be eligible for a fees-only award. Further information about eligibility for Research Council UK funding can be found at the following link:

Students with, or expecting to gain, at least an upper second class honours degree, or equivalent, are invited to apply.  A relevant Masters degree is desirable but not essential.  Experience in remote sensing and/or GIS would also be an advantage, as would a good mathematical background.  Similarly, some programming skills (e.g. in Matlab, IDL or R for example) would be of benefit.

Application: Please see: for further information for details of how to apply.  When you are ready to submit an application, please go to: and indicate that you are applying for a Ph.D. in Environmental Geography.  The deadline for applications is 31st August 2014.

Queries: If you have any queries, please contact Dr David Rippin ( in the first instance for further information.


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