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Dangerous Beauty - Environmental Risk Perceptions and Public Policy Preferences for Ornamental Horticulture, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #531 (QS) Coventry, United Kingdom
Coventry University (CU) is inviting applications from suitably-qualified graduates for a fully-funded PhD studentship in Dangerous Beauty - Environmental Risk Perceptions and Public Policy Preferences for Ornamental Horticulture.
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Overview

This doctoral (PhD) project in Dangerous Beauty - Environmental Risk Perceptions and Public Policy Preferences for Ornamental Horticulture has been devised and developed by a leading early-career researcher at Coventry University. 

The Trailblazer Scheme provides doctoral researchers with an innovative and dynamic intellectual space in which to undertake transformative research, whilst fully supported by a team of experienced supervisors.

Public and private ornamental gardens are important spaces for human wellbeing and can beautify local landscapes. 

Ornamental horticulture is an important form of cultural expression. Yet it is also a main contributor to the spread of invasive alien plants (IAP) which can threaten food- and water security and local livelihoods, as is, for example, happening in southern Africa. While many countries have introduced laborious, costly and often unsuccessful control and eradication schemes, limited attention is being paid to prevention and reduction of future invasion risks along one of the main pathways of new introductions, i.e. ornamental horticulture. 

Here, the perceptions, behaviour and policy preferences of the influential public, i.e. of non-professional gardeners and professional horticulturalists, are important but currently poorly understood. 

The project will use participatory research approaches, e.g. participatory video and mapping, to investigate if community-involved awareness raising initiatives on IAP impacts can influence perceptions, practices, and policy preferences.

Academic Environment

Coventry University has been the UK’s top modern university for seven consecutive years (Guardian University Guide 2013-2019) and holds a number of other prestigious accolades. Established in 2014 through substantial university investment, the Centre for Agroecology, Water & Resilience (CAWR) is rapidly building a global reputation for transdisciplinary research into processes of resilience in social-ecological systems. Among its key lines of research is work focusing on modelling of water and food systems, aided by high performance computing facilities.

Training and Development

The successful candidate will receive comprehensive research training including technical, personal and professional skills.

All researchers at Coventry University (from PhD to Professor) are part of the Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability and Development, which provides support with high-quality training and career development activities. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    The studentship will commence in either May or September, depending on availability of the successful applicant.

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description

      between three and three and a half years fixed term

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • This research, conducted in Botswana, Namibia and South Africa will improve our understanding of the role of geographical context, knowledge, aesthetic preferences, and risk perceptions in regards to behavioural practices and public policy preferences for ornamental horticulture, and will make an important contribution to local and global biodiversity protection. 

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • A minimum of a 2:1 first degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 60% mark in the project element or equivalent with a minimum 60% overall module average. 
PLUS 
  • the potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within 3.5 years
  • strong interest in interdisciplinary and community-based research
  • background in social and/or environmental sciences
  • interest in horticulture and in conducting research in Southern Africa
  • All applications require full supporting documentation, a covering letter, plus a 2000-word supporting statement showing how the applicant’s expertise and interests are relevant to the project. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    Free
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Free
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Coventry

  • 656 - 1060 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

  • Full studentship which includes tuition fees and living expenses for a doctoral candidate over 3.5 years. 
  • Stipend rates set by UKRI with an annual projected average increase of 1.25% per year. 
  • Basic research costs (e.g. equipment) are covered by Centre for Agroecology Water and Resilience. The successful candidate will receive an additional allowance of £500 per annum for professional expenses.

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