PhD Studentship at the University of Cambridge

Social impacts of Protected Area: Developing a model that will assist in the prediction of social impacts of protected areas in Europe

Starting dates: Oct 2019

Closing date for applications: May 26 2019

Interviews (via skype): June 2019

Reference: JP18477

The University of Cambridge in partnership with Anglia Ruskin University is pleased to offer a PhD studentship available for October 2019. The studentship will be a 3-year doctoral programme and will be co-supervised by Prof Andreas Kontoleon (Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge) and Dr Nikoleta Jones (Global Sustainability Institute, Anglia Ruskin University). The PhD student will be enrolled in the Department of Land Economy and the degree will be awarded by the University of Cambridge. Information about the PhD programme at the Department of Land Economy is found here.

This PhD studentship is part of the project FIDELIO (Forecasting social impacts of Biodiversity conservation policies in Europe).  A key aim of the project is to develop a model that will improve understanding of human perceptions of the social impact of protected areas in Europe. The project will collect data from several case studies across Europe. This PhD project will contribute to the development of the empirical model and will also include an in-depth exploration of social impacts of Protected Areas in one of the case studies in Greece, the National Park of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace. The PhD project will focus significantly on the collection and analysis of quantitative data with advanced statistical techniques but it will also include the collection of qualitative data through semi-structured interviews. The successful candidate will be based in Cambridge, UK, but will also spend two months in the research area in Greece. Knowledge of Greek is desirable but not essential (the project will cover the costs for interpreters/translation were needed).

The studentship is funded by the Department of Land Economy (through the FIDELIO research project) and Wolfson College. The successful applicant will become a member of Wolfson College, which offers a lively and welcoming home to a diverse and cosmopolitan community of postgraduate and older (21+) undergraduate students.

This studentship amount will cover UK/EU-level University fees and a maintenance allowance of approximately £14,000 per year. Students not eligible for UK/EU-level fees may still apply but the difference between these lower fees and the higher Overseas fees must be covered by the applicant. Information about University fees and standard maintenance costs for 2019/2020 is available here. The position will also cover the costs for travel and consumables related to the project.

Wolfson College offers all of its PhD students three years of housing in reasonably priced student accommodation, provided they reply by the specified summer deadline. See link here. The successful applicant will be eligible to request College accommodation from the start of the 2019/2020 academic year.

The successful applicant is expected to have a BA degree and Master’s degree in relevant subject fields (for example environmental or human geography, environmental policy, environmental economics, economics). The successful student will also need to have had some training in statistics and an interest in European conservation policies. Minimum English requirements are specified here.

Further inquiries and to apply: Prof Andreas Kontoleon ( and Dr Nikoleta Jones (