Natural Capital PhD Opportunity

Exploring a natural capital approach in a UK Estuarine Environment

Closing Date: Midnight on Friday 15th November 2019.

A fully funded PhD studentship is available at the School of Biological & Environmental Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University, supported by the Mersey Gateway Environmental Trust (MGET). This multi-disciplinary PhD will aim to use a range of approaches to explore how best to implement a natural capital approach in a UK Estuarine Environment.

DEFRA’s 25 Year Plan for the Environment set the course for the UK to be the first country to take a natural capital approach to environmental policy with the aim to achieving both a healthy environment alongside sustainable economic growth. The plan sets out how we might implement a natural capital approach, through a better understanding of the value of our natural assets and developing mechanisms to increase investment in the natural environment to drive better decision making. Establishing how best to implement the natural capital approach at a local level, for example through local policy mechanisms (i.e. spatial development plans), identifying sources of public and private funds and setting local targets and priorities for investment in natural capital are key to the success of the plan but have yet to be fully explored.

Interviews will be held late November/Early December 2019. Expected start date will be between 27th January – 7th February 2020.

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