Professor Bob Smith is offering an interesting PhD studentship focusing on the collection of spatial data on non-state conservation area types at the School of Anthropology and Conservation – DICE (University of Kent). The PhD researcher will strengthen and refine a new sampling methodology that has been developed from a representative subset of countries. This work will contribute towards informing how global biodiversity is conserved and help monitor progress towards meeting international targets. To this end, the results will inform international conservation research and policy.

They are looking for a highly motivated candidate interested in combining biogeography with conservation science to produce high-impact, policy-relevant research. The candidate should have a degree in conservation, ecology or environmental sciences, strong analytical skills and, ideally, GIS expertise.

The candidate will be based at DICE and UNEP-WCMC and receive additional training through Kent Graduate School workshops.

The studentship has been shortlisted for funding by the ARIES NERC DTP and will start on 1st October 2021. The closing date for applications is 23:59 on 12th January 2021.

For more information, such as on the expected research methodology and involved training, please follow this link.