Joint ARIES-SENSS Studentships

Joint ARIES-SENSS Studentships

October 2019 sees the launch of an exciting new opportunity for a student to work at the boundary of NERC and ESRC research, with studentships offered that have been selected for funding by both the ARIES DTP and the SENSS DTP.

Each year the studentship will be led by one of the DTPs but the successful candidate will have the opportunity to access training and other opportunities across both the ARIES and SENSS consortia.  In 2019 the studentship will be led by the ARIES DTP.

Take a look at the opportunities listed below. For more information please contact us at

Delivering Effective Marine Protected Areas – Backing the Blue Belt through Governance Structures

A joint ARIES-SENSS studentship, CASE project with Marine Management Organisation

Host Institution:

University of Essex


Dr Tom Cameron (School of Biological Sciences, University of Essex)

Dr Gina Yannitell Reinhardt (Department of Government, University of Essex)

Dr Michelle Taylor (School of Biological Sciences, University of Essex)

CASE Supervisor:

Dr Christopher Sweeting (Marine Management Organisation)

Environmental sustainability is an important current issue. Marine conservation is key to sustaining our natural and environmental resources. The conservation of marine species such as porpoises and flame shells, or marine features such as seagrass and chalk reefs, often takes place through Marine Protected Areas (MPAs, Lown et al 2018). Some MPAs perform quite well in preserving and sustaining resources, but others perform much worse. Why is that?

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Innovative adaptive coastal governance: the Bacton-Walcott Sandscaping Scheme

A joint ARIES-SENSS studentship, CASE project with North Norfolk District Council, collaboration with Royal HaskoningDHV

Host Institution:

University of East Anglia


Dr Trevor Tolhurst (School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia)

Dr Candice Howarth (School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, University of Surrey)

Dr Irene Lorenzoni (School of Environmental Sciences, University of Essex)

Rising sea levels and other effects of climate change are exacerbating coastal change internationally. Recognition of the benefits of coastal defences that work with natural processes has resulted in a shift towards ‘soft’ coastal protection. What are the benefits, impacts and implications for society?

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Finding the Feel-Good Factor: Relating Human Subjective Wellbeing to Biodiversity

A joint ARIES-SENSS studentship, CASE project with Natural England and RSPB

Host Institution:

University of Kent


Dr Zoe Davies (Ecology and Conservation, University of Kent)

Prof. Jay Mistry (Human Geography, Royal Holloway University of London)

Dr. Robert Fish (Human Geography, University of Kent)

Dr. Martin Dallimer (University of Leeds)

Dr. Katherine Irvine (James Hutton Institute)

Case supervisors:

Dr. Richard Bradbury (RSPB)

Dr. Dave Stone (Natural England)

We live in a time of profound environmental change. Phenomena such as urbanisation and agricultural intensification are degrading ecosystems and decreasing biodiversity. Yet, while it is widely asserted in research, policy and practice arenas that interacting with nature is fundamental to human subjective wellbeing, there is little evidence characterising how biodiversity underpins this accepted truth. This PhD tackles this challenging problem by working across the disciplines of human geography, environmental psychology and ecology.

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