PhD studentship on Place, Food Sovereignty, Resilience, and Participatory Video Methodologies. Note that although the post states that only UK and European applicants are eligible, that exceptional international applicants will also be considered for this studentship.
Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience
Place, Food Sovereignty, Resilience, and Participatory Video Methodologies
Award Details: Tuition Fees + Bursary ?13,863 per year (tax-free)
Duration: 3 years Fixed Term (January or April 2015 start)
Application deadline: November 3rd 2014
Interview Date: Will be notified to shortlisted candidates
Applications are invited for a fully funded PhD studentship to carry out research in the area: “Place, Food Sovereignty, Resilience and Participatory Video Methodologies”.
This studentship is located within the newly-established and prestigious University Research Centre – the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience. (CAWR) at Coventry University.
The Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR) is driving innovative, transdisciplinary research on the understanding and development of resilient food and water systems internationally. Food and water security is increasingly threatened by factors such as climate and environmental change, loss of biodiversity, conflict and market volatility. New knowledge, policies and technologies are needed to develop systems that are more resilient to change and which ensure the health of our food and water supplies. Through its focus on food and water, the Centre’s research develops and integrates new knowledge in social, agroecological, and environmental processes, as well as the pivotal role that communities play in developing resilience.
This studentship will involve a transnational multi-site ethnographic study to better understand and support the food sovereignty movement in Europe. The project will apply a reflexive, participatory and critical approach to work towards the following objectives: 1) Participate in and compare strategies, barriers and historical evolution of place-based campaigns for food sovereignty and socio-ecological resilience; 2) Evaluate how place-based experiences of food sovereignty and resilient food systems do (or do not) inform a sense of collective identity and the implications for collective action at larger scales of organization; 3) Develop a novel transnational participatory video research methodology to better understand food sovereignty based social movements. This research will use innovative visual ethnographic methods rooted in a participatory action research methodology that combines video documentation, participant observation, interview and deliberative dialogue. The knowledg
e produced collaboratively with social movement actors, issues and organizations will be communicated via a Transmedia Knowledge Mobilization and communication strategy that utilizes text, video, social media and engages with academics, civil society & policy makers. The successful student will participate in a rich and collaborative learning environment at CAWR and be provided with an excellent opportunity to build international networks with academic, community and social movement actors.
Successful applicants will have:
* For entry onto a PhD programme of study: Masters degree, with overall marks >60%, in a relevant subject area and >60% for the project, but a minimum of the equivalent of a 2:1 in a first degree in a relevant subject area.
* For entry initially onto a MScR programme of study: minimum of the equivalent of a 2:1 in a first degree in a relevant subject area with a minimum of 60% in the project
* knowledge and/or experience related to food sovereignty, alternative food systems, social movement organizations and/or agroecology
* A genuine interest in participating in and contributing to sovereignty struggles and for achieving the overall ambition of CAWR to contribute to the development of resilient food and water systems worldwide.
* Strong analytical skills, Critical and creative thinking skills
* Experience with participatory and qualitative research methods
* Experience with videography, video editing, photography
* Experience with group facilitation
* Demonstrated ability to write and publish in either academic or extra-academic publications including text (e.g. journals, magazines, etc.) and other forms of media (e.g. video, blogs)
* Proven experience of delivering successful projects
* Demonstrated ability to work well as a part of team
* Demonstrated ability to work independently and with minimum supervision at certain times.
Only UK/EU citizens may apply with the academic requirements as listed on: http://www.coventry.ac.uk/
For an application form please click here<http://www.coventry.ac.
Each applicant must complete a Coventry University application form that can be downloaded from the following web page. Each applicant must also provide 2 references. Any applicant who fails to submit two completed references will not be considered for the studentship.
Applicants will be shortlisted according to their qualifications, experience and suitability to the project. We will also consider the strength of the research proposal proposed (and literature review provided), the likely outputs from the project and the fit of that proposal with the themes of research within the Faculty Research Centre.
It may be possible for students who are currently studying for a directly relevant MScR to apply. However, in such a case if a studentship was awarded it would be for two years to allow the student to convert and complete a PhD, dependent on their Progress Review Panel recommending that they could transfer to PhD at the end of the first year of their MScR.
Complete the application form and return with a covering letter to:
Research Recruitment and Admissions team