Postgraduate research

We are home to more than 20 PhD students from a wide variety of countries and disciplinary backgrounds.

Our PhD students work closely with supervisors on independent projects, and regularly get involved in activities such as researcher fora and work-in-progress seminars.

While you will be supervised by at least one member of our academic research staff, you will be registered in and hosted by the most appropriate School for your individual PhD topic.

Current thesis titles

  • Lived infrastructures. Mapping sanitation and hygiene in the LIAS of Lilongwe, Malawi - Cecilia Alda Vidal
  • From Gender Blind to Gender Bind: Gendered Discourses and Feminist Resistance in the UNFCCC - Joanna Flavell
  • Turning the tables: fighting furniture poverty through social enterprise - Billy Hepworth 
  • Alternative models of food provisioning systems and their capacity to transition to a more sustainable food system - Ema Johnson
  • Establishing a ‘Work Index’ of wellbeing – An investigation into working conditions as a fundamental welfare indicator - Anna-Maria Köhnke
  • How are Digital Platform Innovations Reconfiguring Urban Mobility Systems? - Constantinos Kritiotis
  • Trajectories of water and energy consumption in China - Harriet Larrington-Spencer
  • Assembling a circular economy: A mixed methods approach to social processes of transition – Sampriti Mahanty
  • Towards an intersectional analysis of human-nature relations in feminist political ecology: bridging the divide between the post-colonial and the posthuman - Magdalena Svetlana Rodekirchen
  • Social reproduction in the European Climate Camp Movement - Alice Swift
  • Business Models for Integration of Renewable Sources in Electricity Markets in India - Pujita Yadava
  • Comparisons between British and Chinese supply chain managers’ cognitive frames and how they interact when making decisions – Chunhua Ye

Recently completed PhDs

  • Post-democratic carbon accounting: creating the climate for disagreement - Joe Blakey
  • The Potato Wasters: A Sociological Study of the UK Potato Regime - Patrick Gould
  • Food that Matters: Sustainability and the Material-Discursive Boundaries of Carnist and Vegan Food Practices - Steffen Hirth
  • United States and Australian Coal Industry responses to the threats of climate change (1988 to 2014): An analysis using the "Dialectical Issue Life-Cycle Model" - Marc Hudson
  • Environmentally and socially responsible consumption? A study on the discursive construction of values towards sustainability - Ulrike Ehgartner
  • Just footprints: distributing ecological space across species, place and time - Anna Wienhues
  • The temporalities of innovation, consumption and divestment: mobile phone replacement cycles and conventions of up-to-datedness - Harald Wieser

"PhD researchers make an essential contribution to our vibrant research environment."

Frank Boons / Director, SCI