University of Gloucestershire PhD Studentship UK 2023

ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Partnership PhD Studentship: Identifying new woodland owner types

University of Gloucestershire

Qualification Type:PhD
Funding for:UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount:Tuition fees and Maintenance Grant
Hours:Full Time


Placed On:22nd December 2022
Closes:3rd February 2023

Wales ESRC DTP Environmental Planning Pathway:

Collaborative PhD Studentship

Identifying new woodland owner types: what is driving new woodland ownership and what advice and guidance would facilitate delivery of multiple benefits from new woodlands?

The project aims to explore what types of new woodland owners (e.g. farmers, pension funds etc.) are emerging in England and Wales and what their motivations for woodland management are, as a result of new types of drivers for woodland planting, such as incentives or carbon markets, and how these might be different to existing woodland owner typologies. It will also investigate the knowledge needs of these new owners and whether they are being adequately addressed through existing advisory and guidance mechanisms. Outcomes of the project will provide evidence to support Defra (and its delivery bodies) and Natural Resources Wales to provide appropriate advisory services that best support new owners to manage their new woodlands for multiple benefits. The student will also undertake a 3-month placement at Defra in the first year of the PhD, undertaking an evidence review informed by Defra’s trees and woodlands research and development priority needs.

For further information and how to apply, please see the full detail document. You are also welcome to contact the supervisor, Dr Julie Urquhart at

Closing Date: 12 noon Friday 03 February 2023

Interview Date: Wednesday 01 March 2023

The University is committed to building a diverse and inclusive staff community and welcomes applications from currently under-represented sections of our workforce. We are proud to be a Disability Confident Leader, guaranteeing an interview to everyone who meets the definition of disability set out in the Equality Act 2010 and the essential criteria contained within the person specification.


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