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[Met-jobs] PhD Studentship at the University of the West of Scotland-Paisley (UK)

From "Roger Brugge" <>
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Date Sat, 8 Jun 2013 17:04:57 +0000

Forwarded from CLIMLIST...

A PhD studentship is currently available at the University of the West
of Scotland, Paisley Campus, on the topic of

Risks, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change of Cultural
Heritage in Scotland

Project description:

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.

The above project can be adapted according to the student’s background
and interests. A research proposal will need to be completed by the
student a few months after starting the PhD.

The PhD studentship will pay an annual stipend of £13,000 plus tuition
fees for a period of three years. The stipend is limited to UK/EU citizens.


Interested applicants should complete an application form via the UWS
website. Contact <> if you have any queries
regarding this studentship

Best wishes,

Dr Alexandre Gagnon

Lecturer in Environmental Sciences and Decision Support

School of Science

University of the West of Scotland

Paisley, Renfrewshire PA1 2BE


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