Environmental Social Sciences (PhD, MPhil and MSc by Research)
Environmental problems often manifest themselves in the natural environment, but their underlying causes arise from changes set in train by combinations of technological, economic, cultural and political processes. The social sciences are therefore fundamental both to ensuring a comprehensive understanding of environmental change and developing more sustainable development pathways in the future.
As environmental social scientists, we teach and research on the social causes, consequences and policy implications of environmental problems. We do so from a wide range of social science disciplines including geography, sociology, organisational science, economics, political science and psychology. We operate at the cutting edge of methodological development in areas such as GIS, appraisal, landscape visualisation, participatory-deliberative processes, economic valuation and risk analysis.
Much of our work is undertaken in internationally recognised research centres such as CSERGE, Tyndall and 3S. And a great deal is externally funded inter alia by the UK Research Councils and the European Commission, as well as numerous private funders and charities such as the Leverhulme Trust.
We have a large and active body of graduate students. We welcome applications from those wishing to join us, either as research students (MScR or PhD) or on one of our taught Masters courses.