Early Stage Researcher (Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN)

£37000 - £44000 per annum
Dec 20, 2019
End of advertisement period
Jan 19, 2020
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Geography
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Early Stage Researcher (ESR13) position (PhD study) - Resilience of human interactions with new landscapes (MSCA-ITN i-CONN Project)

An EU-funded Marie Skłodowska-Curie Early-Stage Researcher (ESR) position is available for study towards a PhD in resilience of human interactions with new landscapes, in the Geography Department of Durham University, Durham, UK, with co-supervision in the Department of Archaeology.

This is a full-time position (35 hours per week), fixed-term for 36 months, with a start date of 1st June 2020 and will require the successful candidate to register for the study for a PhD (NB applicants must NOT already have a PhD).

The successful applicant will carry out European Commission-funded research within the "i-CONN" network - Interdisciplinary connectivity: Understanding and managing complex systems using connectivity science - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (lTN) project (Grant Agreement no. 859937), which offers unique doctoral training and research opportunities, leading to the award of a PhD.

This full-time, fixed-term ESR position will involve study for a PhD degree and will be based in Durham University's Geography Department (Durham, UK) under the supervision of Professor John Wainwright and Dr Laura Turnbull-Lloyd, and Dr Dan Lawrence from the Archaeology Department of Durham University. The project will address changes to landscapes as they are settled by people. As human populations have settled landscapes in the past, they have changed the vegetation and surface characteristics in ways that have often led to a change in the stability of those landscapes (Wainwright, 2015). There is thus a paradox to be resolved in that landscape settlement usually produces a landscape that is less resilient and thus less able to support settlement. This project will investigate this paradox, and look at different ways in which past populations have overcome it, in order to suggest ways in which environmental management of future landscapes might best be carried out, for example as people move as a result of climate change.