PhD in human geography

Bristol has three Human Geography research groups, each of which is leading debates in Geography and cognate disciplines.

Bristol Human Geography postgraduate research covers a wide range of themes, practices and problematics, from the highly theoretical and philosophical to the empirically rich and technically sophisticated. We welcome new applications from across the discipline and beyond, and are particularly interested in projects that complement and extend existing strengths within and across our research groups. Examples of areas that crosscut current research groups include: Political Geography; Economic Geography; Geographies of Health; Geographies of Identity, Subjectivity and the Body; and Geographies of Knowledge.

Human Geography in the School is part of the accredited ESRC Southwest Doctoral Training Centre (SWDTC). Information about the SWDTC can be found here: Fully funded ESRC PhD studentships in Human Geography and in Advanced Quantitative Methods are available. In addition, human geographers are closely involved in the development and delivery of SWDTC's innovative Interdisciplinary PhD programmes: Advanced Quantitative Methods in Social Science and Health; Environment, Energy and Resilience; Global Transformations; Health and Wellbeing; and Security, Conflict and Justice. Full funding is also available for these PhD programmes; details are available here:

The University also offers scholarships to UK/EU and overseas prospective students who have demonstrated excellence at the undergraduate and/or Masters level. We are very supportive of students who are self-/externally funded.

Geographies of Political Economy

Staff: Dr Adam Dixon, Dr Malcolm Fairbrother, Dr Maria Fannin, Dr Mark Jackson, Prof Wendy Larner, Dr Julie MacLeavy, Dr Naomi Millner

Political Economy postgraduate students are currently researching finance, social policy, education, creative industries, asylum seeking, cultural planning, regionalism, childcare, and citizenship.

We are interested in recruiting new students in the following areas:

Historical and Cultural Geography

Staff: Dr JD Dewsbury, Dr Paul Glennie, Dr Robert Mayhew, Dr Merle Patchett, Dr Yvonne Whelan

Postgraduate research topics in the historical-cultural group include theraputic massage, adventure tourism, ‘arts for health’, deaf nationhood, cultural planning, video-gaming, spaces of sacrifice, new computing technologies, and musical performance.

We are interested in recruiting new students in the following areas:

Spatial Modelling

Staff: Dr Rich Harris, Prof Ron Johnston, Prof Kelvyn Jones, Dr David Manley, Prof Clive Sabel, Dr Wenfei Winnie Wang

Recent and current doctoral topics in spatial modelling include: electoral geography (the impacts of local campaigning on election results), medical and health geography (the mapping and modelling of avoidable mortality, the changing geography of road traffic accidents, multilevel analysis of changing life expectancy), the geography of higher education in the UK, and the geography of happiness.

We are interested in recruiting new students in the following areas: