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[Met-jobs] PhD Funding Opportunity at the University of the West of Scotland (UK)

From "Roger Brugge" <>
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Date Tue, 6 Mar 2012 09:16:30 +0000

Forwarded from CLIMLIST...

PhD Funding Opportunity - Risks, vulnerability and adaptation to
climate change of cultural heritage in Scotland

Based at the University of the West of Scotland

Closing date for applications 14th May 2012

Climate change together with sea level rise and its impacts on
temperature, rainfall patterns, flooding, coastal erosion, and a
potential increase in storminess will pose a challenge to the
conservation of the cultural heritage. A policy response, such as the
development of adaptation strategies, will be required to manage the
transformational pressures of this changing climate. However, there is
currently a lack of knowledge about the risks of climate change to the
historic environment in Scotland, thereby making the development of a
policy response unworkable. This project will first involve a scoping
study of the threats that climate change poses to the historic
environment in Scotland, including the production of risk assessment
maps using a geographical information system. For the purpose of this
study the historic environment or cultural heritage is defined as old
buildings, monuments, and archaeological sites. Then, based on the
outcomes of this national risk assessment, a more detailed vulnerability
assessment either geographically-based or focusing on a specific sector
of the cultural heritage will be accomplished. The assessment will be
bottom-up, starting with the identification of the sensitivities of the
historic environment to climate change through interviews with key
stakeholders, including site visits, and surveys; the identification of
adaptive measures to deal with existing vulnerabilities; and the
subsequent use of the outputs from a regional climate model providing
projections for relevant climatic variables. The project will report on
the methodological challenges in measuring vulnerability and aims to
develop a framework of analysis applicable to the cultural heritage. The
outcomes of this risk and vulnerability analysis will form the basis of
an initial assessment of opportunities for adaptation and inform about
the information required for a policy response within the sector.

This studentship brings together the research expertise of Dr Alexandre
Gagnon in vulnerability and adaptation to climate change and that of Dr
John Hughes in construction, conservation, and restoration of the built
heritage both at the University of the West of Scotland. This proposal
grew from experience gained through an AHRC-funded Research Network on
the transformational and resilience pressures on immovable Cultural
Heritage coordinated by Dr Hughes, involving academic and heritage
organisation stakeholders in Scotland and Northern Ireland. This project
will also benefit from external supervision from Dr Ewan Hyslop at
Historic Scotland. For further information about the Environmental
Initiatives Research Group, please refer to:

UWS is an inspiring, vibrant place to study with a growing research
community; an important aspect of which is its outstanding and committed
research students.

Successful candidates will receive a £12,000 annual stipend for three
years and payment of tuition fees (current value £3400).
This studentship is open to Home/EU candidates with a first degree in a
relevant discipline.

Non-EU students can apply, but will not receive the stipend and will be
required to pay fees.
Candidates must be available to commence their studies in October 2012.

Application deadline is 14th May 2012 – please quote Project Reference
Number PHDSC1002.

All interviews will take place between 21st May and 8th June 2012.

How to apply:
Please apply online at
Applications without all relevant documents will not be considered.

If you have any queries about the application process please contact
Charlie Fielding on + 44 (0)141 848 3919 or email

If you would like to discuss the project per se, please contact Dr
Alexandre Gagnon at

Dr Alexandre Gagnon

School of Science

University of the West of Scotland

Paisley PA1 2BE

Tel: +44 (0) 141 848 3270



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