PhD opportunities with GLOBAL-RURAL

We have two fully funded PhD students available at Aberystwyth University from this October (a January 2016 start is also possible) as part of the GLOBAL-RURAL project:

 1)      Globalization and Rural Change in Africa

The PhD will explore the impact of globalization on rural livelihoods and localities in Africa through in-depth place-based case study research. The PhD research may focus on any aspect of globalization that is relevant to understanding change in rural Africa, including, for example (though not necessarily limited to): trade liberalization and the development of export-oriented agriculture; international land investments (‘land-grabbing’); migration; the conversion of land to biofuel production for international markets; export-oriented mining operations; international tourism; or the implementation of global conservation models (including the displacement of indigenous peoples).

 2)      Small Town Global Engagement, 1860-1960

The PhD will explore the evolving international connections of a rural small town over the century from 1860 to 1960, including economic networks and trading relations, patterns of in- and out-migration, military service and cultural influences. The study will identify and trace these connections and examine their impact on the town and its residents. The research will be primarily focused on Newtown in mid Wales, but the student will have the option of extending the study, for example by introducing a second comparative case study or by following selected networks with fieldwork in linked locations. It is anticipated that the study will be largely based on archival research, but may also involve other methods such as oral history, or historical GIS, at the discretion of the student.

Both studentships include tuition fees (UK/EU student rate) and a stipend of £13,726 per annum. Funds are also available to cover travel expenses for fieldwork and conference participation. The studentships are open to students with a good honours degree (2:1 or above) in an appropriate subject, though preference may be given to applicants who have completed or are studying towards a relevant Masters qualification.

Applications should be made by 3rd August 2015 following the application procedure described at  and using application form available there, accompanied by a proposal of 1,000 – 1,500 words which should outline how the applicant proposes to address the topic, including a brief review of relevant previous literature, identification of research questions, data sources and methods, and a timescale for the research.

Further information can be found at:

To discuss the studentships informally please contact Michael Woods at

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