A comparative study of cycling cultures: Bristol-Bordeaux

About the project or challenge area

Both Bristol and Bordeaux market themselves as cycling cities. Yet, while Bordeaux is often cited as one of the top European cities in which to cycle, Bristol faces challenges of infrastructure and roads crowded with motorised, polluting vehicles. This project explores the history of the so-called cycling revival in these twin cities and will offer a cultural understanding of the successes and failures of both. It will equally suggest a way forward for Bristol, exploring cycling's capacity to combat two immediate crises facing our city: overcrowded roads and poor health.

Why choose this opportunity?

You will have the opportunity to apply a historical understanding of urban development and cycling to an immediate and urgent set of problems. You will learn how cultural and urban history can inform policy making today and play a part in driving forward an agenda that promotes healthier and happier cities.

About you

You will need to be able to read French to an advanced level, but may not need a degree in the subject. You should have an appropriate first degree in the Arts and Humanities and/or Social Sciences.

How to apply

All students can apply using the button below, following the Master's by Research Admissions Statement. Please note that this is an advertised project, which means you only have to complete Section A of the Masters by Research Statement Template (Office document, 68kB).

Before applying, we recommend getting in touch with the project's supervisors. If you are interested in this project and would like to learn more about the research you will be undertaking, please use the contact details on this page.


Your supervisor for this project will be Martin Hurcombe, Professor of  French Studies in the Department of French. You can contact him at +44 (0)117 928 8447 or email M.J.Hurcombe@bristol.ac.uk.

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