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

Type of job
full time
About the Job

Another PhD with scope for a permaculture-person to express interest and help shape the research(?):

"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.


Person spec

We are seeking a highly motivated individual, excited by the prospect of conducting cutting-edge interdisciplinary research. He/she will demonstrate enthusiasm for working collaboratively with social scientists, ecologists, conservation NGOs and government agencies. The successful candidate will have a BSc in conservation, ecology, zoology, environmental sciences, geography or psychology. He/she will be keen to undertake both ecological and social fieldwork, and have an interest in applying qualitative and quantitative methods. 

Making an application

This project has been shortlisted for joint NERC-ESRC funding, with the SeNSS ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership. Terms and conditions with details on eligibility can be found on the UKRI website: View Website (

Full details on the funding and how to apply can be found on our website: View Website ( Please note: for this project you’ll need to apply for the PhD in Biodiversity Management at the University of Kent. 

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Closing date for applications
Tuesday, 8 January, 2019