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Message posted on 30/09/2020

Edinburgh/Leiden PhD Studentship on Coastal Knowledge

University of Edinburgh & University of Leiden Joint Funded PhD Studentship on Coastal Knowledge

We are announcing a new PhD training partnership in Science and Technology Studies between the Universities of Edinburgh and Leiden.

This strategic partnership between the Universities of Edinburgh and Leiden will offer two PhD studentships fully funded for four years, focused on ‘Responsible Metrics’ (Leiden based) and ‘Coastal knowledge’ (Edinburgh based).

The aim is to foster collaboration and to build on existing synergies in the identified themes of this call. Our universities have a long record of collaborative research and teaching.

Students will have a supervisory team with members from each organisation, and it is anticipated that research exchanges between Leiden and Edinburgh will occur during the research with the expectation that students will spend time in each institution, with a minimum of 12 months in the second host institution.

At this time students can apply to undertake their research based at the University of Edinburgh (details for the Leiden position will follow later). The selection process will involve an interview and students will be expected to commence their studies in January or September 2021.

The closing date for applications is 5pm 29th October 2020.

Research topic:

Coastal knowledge: analysing different ways of knowing the edges of the sea.

Scottish history and culture is defined by its interactions with the sea, but recent challenges such as climate change, (plastic) pollution and biodiversity loss once again give prominence to the ways in which we inhabit, know and govern our coastal areas. In Scotland’s year of coast & waters, we encourage you to think about the interface between land and sea as a space of exchange and connectivity that is continuously transformed, (re)shaped, and (re)valued. Specifically, we are interested in these and similar questions: Who makes, owns, accesses and uses specific forms of qualitative or quantitative coastal data and knowledge, with what means and to what ends? Who decides which data is produced and how? These questions can be tied to investigations into diverse (research) communities, policies, economic and artistic practices; changing coastal infrastructures – such as lighthouses, harbours, (defence) barriers, rigs – and biodiversity living on the edge, from birds to fish to algae.

Please feel free to develop your own specific ideas and questions related to this broader context, using a mixed methods approach. We appreciate a Scottish focus, but with an understanding of a connected Scotland: to the UK, Europe and the rest of the world.

For more information, see: h_and_university_of_leiden_joint_funded_phd_studentship_on_coastal_knowledge or email:

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