Critical Geography PhD Studentship

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship funded by Loughborough University to start in January 2017. The project will be based in the University’s Department of Geography and will be on one of the following topics:

  • Critical migration studies, including the dynamics of the current migration wave in Europe and the transformations of state and other institutions in the process;
  • Social movement studies, including grassroots social innovation, alternative currencies and grassroots resistance in face and in spite of the prevalence of neoliberal policies in Europe;
  • Critical urban studies at a time of crisis, including but not limited the marginalisation of urban populations, the transformation in the use of public space, the curtailing of the right to protest and other aspects of the effect of austerity in cities across Europe;
  • Contemporary Brazilian social and geographical studies, with a particular focus on the effects of the country’s currently unfolding crisis upon its marginalised urban populations.

The themes above are reflective of the core research interests of Dr Antonis Vradis and Dr Heike Jons, who will act as the PhD Supervisors. The list is not exhaustive and all solid proposals with a broadly defined critical geography focus will be given due consideration.

Eligibility criteria

Students will normally need to hold, or expect to gain, at least a 2:1 degree (or equivalent) in relevant social science discipline including Human Geography, Sociology, Anthropology, Political Science or similar.  A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the topics proposed for the Studentship will be an advantage.

Studentship details

The studentship provides a tax free stipend of £14,296 per annum for three years, plus tuition fees. The studentship is free of any nationality or residence restrictions.

How to apply

General information about the Department of Geography can be found at:

For informal enquiries about the project, please contact Antonis Vradis at

To apply, please complete the online application using the following link: Under programme name, select Geography (Human and Social).

The closing date for applications is October 21, 2016.

Interviews are expected to take place week commencing November 7, 2016.

Please quote the following reference when applying: GY/AVHJ/Jan17

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