PhD Studentships 2020

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Opportunities for PhD in Geography 

University College Dublin School of Geography is an internationally recognised community of scholars who work across the broad spectrum of geographical enquiry.  Our postgraduate community offers a vibrant and exciting research environment to stretch your potential and develop new knowledge that will shape better futures.

The School of Geography incorporates both physical and human components and key areas of interest for PhD supervision include:

  • Flooding, Rivers, Water security, Palaeoclimate Reconstruction.
  • Healthcare reform, including long-term care (nursing homes, home care), hospitals and primary care
  • Environmental assessment and change; Environmental planning; Resilient communities (re climate change); Participatory decision-making and other relevant topics that have a strong spatial analysis component
  • Brexit, Borders, Geopolitics; New Diplomacies; Emotions and State practices; Empire 1.0; 2.0; 0+: South Africa and the UK Post Brexit
  • Air quality; Thermal comfort; Climate-resilient cities; Nature-based solutions; Remote sensing & GIS
  • Latin America, social movements and critical development; Critical and radical geographies, anarchism; Critical and subaltern geopolitics; History and philosophy of geography
  • River science, Catchment management, Hydromorphology, Bedload and Suspended sediment, Flood and Palaeoenvironmental reconstruction (including micro-XRF core scanning applications)
  • Sexualities and gendered geographies; heteroactivism; queer geographies; trans geographies; feminist geographies
  • Urban Governance - formal and informal; Metropolitan, local and regional development; Sustainable urban environments; European regeneration / urban policy
  • Livelihoods, coping and resilience in Southeast Asia; food geographies (food waste and food security); ethnography
  • Environmental historical geographies; Irish historical geographies; sports geographies

We welcome expressions of interest from potential applicants interested in pursuing PhD research in the areas listed above. Applicants will be educated to Masters level, or equivalent. Please see our taught Masters courses for Masters opportunities, including in SustainabilityUrban EnvironmentsGlobal SouthCritical GeographiesGeopoliticsPopulation and Spatial Data.

Find out more here.

  • How to apply Make contact with a potential supervisor (see below) or Kath Browne
  • Use the application form here to apply
  • Deadline: Friday 29th May, 2020

  • PhD Studentship for Beyond Opposition Project
  • How to apply: To apply, send an outline of a project idea which links to the overall research project (see and the specific focus of this research on engaging across difference through workshops. You must also include a copy of your CV, Masters/Undergraduate transcripts and a covering letter outlining your motivation for applying, how you fufil the criteria and what you believe that you would bring to the role. 
  • Deadline: Applications should be received by 5pm (GMT) on May 15, 2020. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an online interview with the advisory team. 

  • Hydrological and sediment impacts of forestry operations in Ireland
  • Proposed Start Date: May 2020 
  • How to apply: Applicants should submit their Curriculum Vitae (with names of 2 referees), together with a personal statement explaining (1) how you meet the requirements of the position and; (ii) why you would like to pursue a PhD Research Programme, to Assoc. Prof. Mary Kelly Quinn (

    For further information on the project please contact: Assoc. Prof. Mary Kelly Quinn, UCD School of Biology and Environmental Science ( Dr. Jonathan Turner, UCD School of Geography (
  • Application Closing Date: 4pm on Tuesday 31st March 2020
  • Project Duration: 48 months
  • Conditions: €18,000 Stipend per annum. Postgraduate fees for EU students will be covered by the project. In addition, any necessary travel and material costs incurred during the project will be covered.
  • Please Note: Candidates from outside the EU are eligible to apply, but will be expected to provide evidence of sources of additional funds to cover excesses associated with Non-EU fees. If English is not the applicant’s first language, a certificate of English language ability is required. For IELTS, an average score of 6.5 over all components and a minimum of 6.0 in each band on the Academic Version is required. Scores deemed to be comparable under different tests will be considered.

Potential Supervisors include: