The Centre for Systems Studies at the University of Hull (UK) has an exciting opportunity for the right person: a PhD scholarship, co-sponsored by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the UK Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), starting in Autumn 2021, with fieldwork starting in Autumn 2022

The Centre for Systems Studies at the University of Hull (UK) has an exciting opportunity for the right person: a PhD scholarship, co-sponsored by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the UK Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), starting in Autumn 2021, with fieldwork starting in Autumn 2022.

For the fieldwork part of their studies, the student will be placed in Defra, and will work with them on the development of a new systems methodology to support cross-departmental working and science-policy integration in the context of land use policy-making.

While the advert for the scholarship (see the link below) talks about the kinds of degree courses relevant to this research, we are less interested in the disciplinary background of applicants, and more interested in their understanding of systems thinking, their creativity in tackling challenges and developing solutions, their openness to partnership working with national government agencies, and their ability to write to publication standard.

The supervisors of the student will be Prof Gerald Midgley (Hull), Dr Amanda Gregory (Hull) and Dr Dan McGonigle (Defra).

Applications from people in the UK and overseas are welcome

If covid-19 travel restrictions are lifted before the placement with Defra commences in Autumn 2022, then residence within easy reach of Defra’s London office will be expected, but if travel restrictions are still in force during the placement with Defra, then you will be able to work remotely.

https://panorama-dtp.ac.uk/research/systems-thinking-for-land-use-policy-making/

Gerald’s post on Facebook in The Ecology of Systems Thinking group:

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