This pathway includes interdisciplinary work across natural and social sciences to tackle a range of sustainability challenges.

Potential supervisors for projects in this pathway have cross-UKRI expertise, having run research projects funded by AHRC, EPSRC and NERC in addition to the ESRC. They lead an interdisciplinary BU research cluster, ‘Resolving the extinction crisis: sustainable and technological solutions for biodiversity and society’, with four BU-funded post-doctoral research assistants to provide support to PhD students. Students will also join our aligned research cluster, ‘Communicating Climate Change and Sustainability for Society’, led by the pathway lead Phillipa Gillingham.

They have strengths in data skills and advanced quantitative methods and have run several training courses in data analysis, for example the NERC-funded ‘Management of Marine Protected Areas using Bayesian Belief Networks’ and a workshop for the British Ecological Society on agent-based modelling. 

Key information

Next start date:

September 2024 (the closing date for applications is 12 noon GMT, 5 January 2024); applicants will be informed of the outcome by April 2024


Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus

Entry requirements:

Outstanding academic potential as measured normally by either a 1st class honours degree or equivalent Grade Point Average (GPA), or a Master’s degree with distinction or equivalent. If English is not your first language you’ll need IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 minimum (with a minimum 6.0 in each component, or equivalent).

In addition, students wishing to undertake PhD only (+3 awards) must meet the ESRC criteria in terms of previous Master’s level study and should read the SWDTP Admissions Statement for further information.