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Message posted on 08/11/2021

PhD opportunities in the 3S Group, UEA

Dear all,

Please find below details of three competition-funded PhD projects currentl= y being advertised at UEA (UK) with researchers from the Science, Society a= nd Sustainability (3S) Group.

Best wishes, Martin

  • Mapping participation in energy, climate change and net-zero. To date, approaches to involving th= e public in decisions over controversial science and technology have follow= ed fixed models for engagement (e.g. focus groups) and focused on singular = events. However, recent work in disciplines such as science and technology = studies, geography and political science has revealed the performative, con= structed, partial and uncertain nature of these forms of engagement. A majo= r challenge in this field is to devise new approaches that are able to map = across diverse forms of public participation in science-related issues, gat= her crucial forms of social intelligence for citizens and policymakers alik= e, and allow for ongoing monitoring of public views and actions. This PhD p= roject aims to develop and evaluate an approach for mapping diverse forms o= f public participation in energy, climate change and net zero in the UK (th= e specific case will be defined by the interests of the student). Superviso= rs: Dr Helen Pallett and Prof Jason Chilvers
  • Decolonising the environmental sciences: histories, practices, future= s. Debates about how = to decolonise science have recently taken on a renewed urgency, and are par= ticularly pertinent to the environmental sciences. Processes like climate c= hange and biodiversity loss perpetuate longstanding social inequalities. Ho= w we respond to such challenges is intimately tied to how we study and unde= rstand them, as decades of social scientific research on science-society re= lationships has shown. Broader societal conversations about structural ineq= ualities and the legacies of colonial practices draw our attention to how t= he sciences have been shaped by forms of colonial power, and by colonial ha= bits of thought. This project will examine the past, present and future of = decolonisation initiatives in the environmental sciences, from efforts to r= edress and undo epistemic injustices to efforts to cultivate modes of doing= science that actively work against (neo)colonial structures of power. Supe= rvisors: Dr Martin Mahony, Prof Jenni Barclay, Prof Jason Chilvers.
  • Border stories: geographies of vulnerability in the Anthropocene. Travel to the contested l= andscapes of the Anthropocene and create vital new literature in response. = This critical-creative project will build on and produce new research about= the significance of borders =96 political, ecological, psychological =96 i= n mediating vulnerabilities to environmental change. The successful candida= te will conduct fieldwork and produce new, creative fiction or non-fiction = writing that opens up the hidden dramas of bordering and border landscapes = through experiments with narrative form. These might be fictional, non-fict= ional, speculative, poetic, historical, or any combination of these. We wel= come diverse interpretations of =91border=92 here, (e.g. national borders, = climate envelopes, ecotones, species boundaries etc.) but they should be gr= ounded in the big questions facing this =91critical decade=92 for climate c= hange. The output will be a bo= dy of writing that helps its readers to recognise, probe and debate the dif= ferent ways in which =91we=92 are facing, and must face, the climate crisis= together. We are looking for a candidate with a background in literature/c= ultural geography who is also a strong creative writer with an MA or equiva= lent. Supervisors: Dr Jos Smith, Dr Martin Mahony.

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Dr. Martin Mahony Lecturer in Human Geography

School of Environmental Sciences University of East Anglia Norwich Research Park Norwich NR4 7TJ, UK

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