PhD/MA scholarships to work on ‘cultural politics of climate change’

In the context of my current SSHRC grant, I’m advertising two linked PhD scholarships to work on the “cultural politics of climate change”. One scholarship is available to work with Simon Dalby at Wilfrid Laurier on narrative strategies in global climate politics, while the other is to work with me at the University of Ottawa on popular culture, technology, and climate politics.

Project 1. Professor Simon Dalby is offering funding, from September 2015 for a PhD student to work on a thesis on narrative strategies in global climate politics. The student’s research will focus on approaches within popular culture that enable novel ways of imagining responses to climate change. Within this broad framing, the student will identify their particular approach and focus.

The research will be supervised by Simon Dalby. The student will be a member of a team of researchers (faculty and graduate students) at Wilfrid Laurier University, the University of Ottawa, Simon Fraser University, Lund University (Sweden) and Durham University (UK). In particular, I will be supervising a PhD student also working on popular culture and climate change politics, with whom the successful candidate will be encouraged to collaborate.

The stipend will be worth $11,000, and will be awarded for three years for a PhD student. In addition, the student will have access to funding for travel to conferences and carrying out fieldwork. Students in the PhD Global Governance program normally receive four years of funding. In addition to the stipend, the Ph.D. student will be eligible to receive a $25,000 Balsillie Doctoral Fellowship in their first year and to apply for Balsillie Doctoral funding in subsequent years. The final terms of the funding will be outlined in the offer of acceptance. In the event that student receives an external award, the funding package would be revised.

For more details, including regarding the overall project within which the students’ work will be situated, see here. For enquiries, please contact Simon Dalby at sdalby@gmail.com. For details of the application process to the Balsillie School please contact Dr Andrew Thompson at asthompson@balsillieschool.ca.

 

Project 2. I am is offering stipend funding, from September 2015, for a PhD/MA student to work on a thesis on popular culture, technology, and climate politics. The student’s research will focus on the inter-relation between popular culture, low carbon technologies, subjectivity, and the politics of the shift to a low-carbon future. Within this broad framing, the student will identify their particular approach and focus.

I will be supervising this research. The student will be a member of a team of researchers (faculty and graduate students) at Wilfrid Laurier University, the University of Ottawa, Simon Fraser University, Lund University (Sweden) and Durham University (UK). In particular, Simon Dalby at Wilfrid Laurier University will be supervising a PhD student also working on popular culture and climate change politics, with whom the successful candidate will be encouraged to collaborate.

The stipend will be worth $17703 per year (increasing in line with University commitments), and will be awarded for three years (PhD student) or one year (MA student). It will cover the Faculty’s portion of the university admission scholarship (see http://www.grad.uottawa.ca/Default.aspx?tabid=1458) plus the equivalent of an additional research assistantship for the summer. In addition, the student will have access to funding for travel to conferences and carrying out fieldwork.

For more details, including regarding the overall project within which the students’ work will be situated, see here. For enquiries, please contact me at matthew.paterson@uottawa.ca. The student could be registered in a number of possible programs at the University, including Political Science, Sociology, Feminist and Gender Studies, and Environmental Sustainability. For details of admission and the programs see here. Admission deadlines to these programs are mostly in late January or early February. I’ll be happy to talk about which programs may work best depending on your interests.

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4 Comments»

  freddy magijani wrote @

intend to research on mainstreaming indegenous knowledge systems into climate change adaptation. phd level .lam aZimbabwean.please coment.

  Matthew Paterson wrote @

sorry, the project is really about mitigation. apologies but I don’t think that will fit.

  Susan Khaitsa wrote @

Am a Ugandan MSc. Climate Change student in Kenya, University of Nairobi. Am interested in your research work. I intent to continue with Climate change research at Phd. level. Please comment.

  Matthew Paterson wrote @

Dear Susan
Thanks for your interest. The moment for this has passed somewhat I’m afraid, I posted this over a year or so ago and have already committed the money from the project to a number of students. Also, I am moving to Manchester University in the UK in the summer of 2016, so will not be able to take on new PhD students in Ottawa. I’d be very happy to discuss about the possibilities if Manchester is a possibility for you. Please send me an email if this is the case.
Best wishes
Matthew


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