AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) studentship | Scholarships | University of Stirling (2022)

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Fully-funded Collaborative doctoral studentshipassessing the societal values of coastal and marine heritage using non-market valuation methods.

Background information

The University of Stirling, and Historic England are pleased to announce the availability of a fully-funded Collaborative doctoral studentship [from October 2022] under the AHRC’s Collaborative Doctoral Partnership Scheme.

This project will assess the societal values of coastal and marine heritage using non-market valuation methods.

This project will be jointly supervised by Prof Danny Campbell (University of Stirling), Dr Chiara Bonacchi (University of Edinburgh), Adala Lesson (Head of Socio-Economic Analysis and Evaluation, Historic England) and Antony Firth (Head of Marine Heritage Strategy, Historic England). The student will be expected to spend time at both the University of Stirling and Historic England, as well as becoming part of the wider cohort of CDP-funded students across the UK. The studentship can be studied either full or part-time.

We encourage the widest range of potential students to study for this CDP studentship and are committed to welcoming students from different backgrounds to apply. We particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian, Minority and Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds as they are currently underrepresented at this level in this area. Students should have a master's degree in a relevant subject or can provide evidence of equivalent experience in a professional setting.

Project Overview
This project provides an exciting opportunity to be at the forefront of solutions to address cultural heritage challenges and to advance the frontiers of an emerging multidisciplinary research field. Coastal zones are historically rich and make important contributions to the economy and societal well-being and enjoyment. Despite this, limited attempts have been made to assess the social and economic “value” of this rich coastal and marine heritage. Consequently, many current decisions are based on incomplete information. This does not lead to sound policies or socially acceptable economic and heritage outcomes. Developing a clear methodological and data-led understanding of societal values is vital to securing the future of this historic environment.

This project seeks to assess the societal values of coastal and marine heritage in England. It will go beyond the traditionally narrow notions of economic value (e.g., tourism revenue or employment effects) and explore the applicability of non-market valuation to capture non-use values associated with coastal and marine heritage. The project will explore the linkages between social and contested values, place identity, and other cultural concepts and economic valuation in the context of coastal and marine heritage. Thereby it will examine the (economic and non-economic) drivers of values for heritage as well as the factors that shape people’s relationships with coastal and marine heritage. Within the broad scope of the research, the researcher will shape the direction and choice of the main methodology. They will explore possible case study areas and guide the case study area. Emphasising a focus on the coastal zone in its broadest sense, the researcher will tailor the specific focus of the project.

This project will produce new knowledge both on a heritage related and methodological level. Related to heritage, the assessment of societal values of cultural heritage sites will support the development of a culture and heritage capital approach (e.g., see Hooper et al. (2019) Application of the natural capital approach to the marine environment to aid decision-making. Report prepared for the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs) that will aid cultural heritage management and support decision making and policy formulation. Methodologically, the proposed research will push the frontier of cultural heritage valuation. The projects provide an excellent opportunity to pursue a career as an academic or a policy professional in a rapidly increasing area of interest in policy and academic spheres. The researcher will be well-placed to move into heritage evaluation or marine environmental evaluation in research and applied contexts, both in the UK and abroad.

As well as developing sought-after expertise in the specialist area, the placement of up to six months with the analytics and marine teams at Historic England will provide substantial career opportunities for whichever industry and role you decide to go into.

Research questions include:

What factors shape people’s relationships with coastal and marine heritage, and how does this map onto the value (economic and non-economic) they attach to it?
What are the main use and non-use values associated with coastal and marine cultural heritage, and what is their economic value?
How can, and should, knowledge of societal values of coastal and marine cultural heritage inform cultural heritage management and conservation interventions?

Value of scholarship

CDP doctoral training grants fund full-time studentships for 45 months (3.75 years) or part-time equivalent. The studentship has the possibility of being extended for an additional 3 months to provide professional development opportunities, or up to 3 months of funding may be used to pay for the costs the student might incur in taking up professional development opportunities.

The award pays tuition fees up to the value of the full-time home UKRI rate for PhD degrees. Research Councils UK Indicative Fee Level for 2022/2023 is £4,596. Note international candidates will be required to meet the difference between home and overseas tuition fees from their own resources. Find out further details on PhD fee rates.

The award pays full maintenance for all students both home and international students. The UKRI National Minimum Doctoral Stipend for 2022/2023 is £16,062, with an additional London allowance (where the Partner organisation is based) of £1,000/year, plus a CDP maintenance payment of £550/year.

Further details can be found on the UKRI website.

The student is eligible to receive an additional travel and related expenses grant during the course of the project courtesy of the Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission for England (on behalf of Historic England) worth up to £1,000/year for 3.75 years (45 months - £4,000 total).

The project can be undertaken on a full-time or part-time basis.

The successful candidate will be eligible to participate in CDP Cohort Development events.

Eligibility and availability

  • This studentship is open to both Home and International applicants.
  • To be classed as a home student, candidates must meet the following criteria:
    • Be a UK National (meeting residency requirements), or
    • Have settled status, or
    • Have pre-settled status (meeting residency requirements), or
    • Have indefinite leave to remain or enter

Further guidance is available.

We want to encourage the widest range of potential students to study for a CDP studentship and are committed to welcoming students from diverse backgrounds to apply. We particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian, Minority, Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds as they are currently underrepresented at this level in this area.

Applicants should ideally have or expect to receive a relevant Masters-level qualification or be able to demonstrate equivalent experience in a professional setting. A background in Economics (or related social science subject) would be advantageous, but not essential. This includes fields of study in Economics, including cultural, environmental, and regional economics. Applicants with a background in quantitative-based Heritage/Archaeology are also welcome. Other suitable disciplines are flexible, but might include Archaeology, Anthropology, Art History, History, or Conservation Science where training in statistics and/or quantitative data analysis can be demonstrated.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate an interest in the heritage sector and potential and enthusiasm for developing skills more widely in related areas. Applicants will need to have interpersonal skills to develop positive working relationships with supervisors, partner institutions and stakeholders. It is essential to have effective verbal and written communication skills. Applicants should demonstrate that they can work to deadlines, prepare, and deliver presentations and write high quality research papers.

As a collaborative award, students will be expected to spend time at both the University of Stirling and Historic England. NB. All applicants must meet UKRI terms and conditions for funding.

How do I apply?

Applicants should submit via email a curriculum vitae (no more than 2 pages), a sample of writing, a brief letter outlining their qualification for the studentship, transcripts of undergraduate and master’s qualifications, and two academic references to Professor Danny Campbell (danny.campbell@stir.ac.uk, by no later than 5pm on 22 June 2022. Please ensure the subject line of your email appears as ‘AHRC-CDP application’.

Interviews will take place on 27-30 June 2022.

Professor Danny Campbell

Email01786 467277

Emaildanny.campbell@stir.ac.uk

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