The School warmly welcomes all enquiries regarding PhD research in Planning. It is possible to apply for a place to study towards a PhD at any time. We are delighted to receive applications from international/non-EEA students.
How to apply?
There are two possible routes to devising a suitable PhD topic. The first is to construct a proposal in consultation with a potential supervisor based in the School (you will need to make contact with a potential supervisor before you apply); the second is to apply for an advertised staff-driven proposal. Potential supervisors are listed below and can also be found on our staff pages: www.qub.ac.uk/schools/NBE/Staff/
You can also search the University's Find a PhD Supervisor database www.qub.ac.uk/Study/PostgraduateStudy/Postgraduate-research/find-phd-supervisor/
Further information on the range of Postgraduate funding and scholarship opportunities available at Queen’s University Belfast can be found here: www.qub.ac.uk/Study/PostgraduateStudy/FundingandScholarships/PHDStudentshipAwards/
To apply for any of the opportunities outlined below, please complete an application form on the Queen’s University Postgraduate Applications Portal.
Further inquiries about funding opportunities should be directed to the Research Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org
AHRC Northern Bridge studentships: www.qub.ac.uk/Study/PostgraduateStudy/FundingandScholarships/NorthernBridge/
Suitably qualified applicants interested in applying with a project proposal orientated towards the humanities will be eligible for a Northern Bridge (AHRC) studentship. For further details of this competition, please visit the Northern Bridge website: www.northernbridge.ac.uk. Note that the deadline for applications is 4pm Monday 13 January 2020.
ESRC NINE DTP studentships: www.qub.ac.uk/Study/PostgraduateStudy/FundingandScholarships/Doctoral-Training-Centres/NINE_DTP/.
Suitably qualified applicants interested in applying with a project proposal orientated towards the social sciences will be eligible for a NINE (ESRC DTP) studentship. Note that the deadline for applications is 4pm Friday 17 January 2020. Further inquiries about NINE studentships should be directed to Prof. Geraint Ellis.
Available Funded PhD Opportunities
Staying in the Rural: Contemporary staying processes and stayers' contributions to rural community life
The School of Natural and Built Environment at Queen's University Belfast offers a three-year Department for the Economy (DfE) funded PhD studentship (starting Autumn 2019) as part of the STAYin(g)Rural research project (ORA/ ESRC funded).
The STAYin(g)Rural project is an international collaboration between Queen's University Belfast (QUB), Groningen University (Netherlands) and Johann Heinrich von Thunen Institute (Germany). The project brings together leading international researchers in the areas of population, rural and cultural geography to investigate why and how people stay in rural areas at different stages of their lives. Applicants are at liberty to suggest and to develop a particular PhD topic within this general research area.
The researcher will be based at Queen's University Belfast within the Culture and Society Research Cluster under the supervision of Professor Aileen Stockdale. Some general information about the larger STAYin(g)Rural project is useful background.
To date population geography research has focused on migration. Especially in rural areas, those who do not move are seen as a residual category and their motivations for staying receive limited academic or policy attention. STAYin(g)Rural involves three case studies, east Groningen (Netherlands), south Tyrone (Northern Ireland) and south Lower Saxony (Germany), and focuses on three life course stages which are known triggers for re-negotiating residential choices: young adulthood, family formation and post-retirement. It acknowledges that people elect to belong to and participate in rural areas and that different types of mobilities influence their staying processes. STAYin(g)Rural includes three PhD studentships (one at each of the partner institutions) and a post-doctoral researcher (also based at QUB). The PhD students will participate in one-month exchange visits to each of the other partner institutions.
There are numerous ways the QUB-based PhD student might wish to develop their research project. Some initial (but by no means exhaustive) suggestions are reported in the publications below and might include a focus on: the role of housing and services provision; the role of employment opportunities; gendered aspects to staying; and intergenerational relationships among stayers. The student may also wish to focus on the same or different study areas to Stayin(g)Rural.
Stockdale, A and Haartsen, T (2018) Editorial: Putting rural stayers in the spotlight. Population, Space & Place. https://doi.org/10.1002/psp.2124
Haartsen, T and Stockdale, A (2018) S/elective belonging: how rural newcomer families with children become stayers. Population, Space & Place. https://doi.org/10.1002/psp.2137
Stockdale, A; Theunissen, N and Haartsen, T (2018) Staying in a state of flux: A life course perspective on the diverse staying processes of rural young adults. Population, Space and Place. https://doi.org/10.1002/psp.2139
Strong applications would explore their chosen topic, ground it in relevant literature and set out an intended methodology and methods. Ideally, it would also address policy questions.
The application process
Applicants are invited to write a short A4 four-page (maximum) research outline (font size no smaller than 11) which gives details of:
- The project title
- The context for the research question(s) in terms of relevant literature and policy
- Methodological approach and methods
- Data analyses.
This should be accompanied by a CV showing academic qualifications and experience. Candidates may be called to an interview based on a short PowerPoint presentation and questions and answers. Applicants should have (or be expected to obtain) at least a first degree at 2.1 or higher in a subject such as (Human) Geography, Sociology, Planning or other related discipline. A postgraduate qualification such as a master's degree is desirable especially if it involved independent research. The closing date for applications is Monday 29 April 2019 at 4pm by email to Prof Aileen Stockdale. The studentship will start in Autumn 2019
The successful candidate will be funded through a DfE studentship (including (2018-19 rate) a stipend of £14,777 and Home/EU fees), the candidate must have been ordinarily resident in the UK for 3 years (with no restrictions). EU residents may be eligible for studentship covering fees-only.
Aileen Stockdale is happy to answer any queries and informally discuss your ideas for the project as they are developed. Email: email@example.com
Further details regarding eligibility criteria (including academic, citizenship and residency criteria) are available at the following link:
Potential Supervisors in Planning