Three PhD opportunities!

Projects available exploring (1) the role of education in shaping conservationists’ views, (2) how trust is built and lost in conservation, and (3) how land management is shaping natural forest regeneration in Scotland.

Project details

We are currently advertising three new collaborative PhD projects linked to our group group as part of the University of Edinburgh’s NERC E4 DTP (click titles for more information):

  1. Education and the future of conservation
    Lead supervisor: Aidan Keane
    This project will explore the role of formal education in shaping the views and skills of future conservation leaders.
  2. Trust’s role in conserving biodiversity and reducing conservation conflict
    Lead supervisor: Samantha Staddon
    This project examines the role of trust in biodiversity conservation and how trust can be promoted to reduce conservation conflict, through a case-study with National Trust for Nature Conservation, Nepal.
  3. Rewilding the great wood of Caledon: using remote sensing to understand natural forest regeneration in Scotland
    Lead supervisor: Casey Ryan
    This project will explore how remote sensing can best support reforesting and rewilding in Scotland.


The deadline for applications for all three projects is 12pm on 10th January 2019


Information on how to apply is available at:


RCUK eligibility rules apply, so sadly there are a few restrictions on the applications we can accept:

  •  Eligible for a full funding: UK/EU citizens or settled overseas students only, who have worked and/or studied in the UK for at least three years before the programme starts (this applies to all, including British citizens).
  • Eligible for fees-only: UK/EU citizens who do not comply with the 3-year UK residency criterion. The award includes fees and research cost but not stipend. Students have to find match funding to cover their living costs for 3.5 years minimum.
  • Not Eligible: Overseas students who are on/would need a Visa.

More information

To find out more about the E4 DTP programme please check out the website: