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ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Partnership PhD Studentship: Recreational Fisheries

Vacancy Details

Salary: Tuition Fees and Maintenance Grant
Job Type: Research
Closing Date: 02/03/2020
Date Posted: 01/23/2020
Reference: O146


ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Partnership PhD Studentship: Exploring heterogeneity in sea anglers’ motivations and behaviours for the sustainable management of recreational fisheries in England and Wales (in collaboration with Cefas)


Applications welcomed by closing date of midday 3rd February 2020 (12:00 hours).


Key Information


The University of Gloucestershire, Countryside and Community Research Institute, supported by the ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership for Wales (Wales DTP) invites applications for funded PhD study. These particular studentships, known as ‘collaborative studentships’, involve liaison with a non-academic organisation, often at many key stages of the research programme. They will commence October 2020. The following collaborative studentship is available:


In the Environmental Planning Pathway:
Exploring heterogeneity in sea anglers’ motivations and behaviours for the sustainable management of recreational fisheries in England and Wales (in collaboration with Cefas)                                                        


Applications are invited from exceptional candidates with a first class or strong upper second class honours degree, or appropriate Master’s degree. Both the University and the ESRC Wales DTP value diversity and equality at all levels and we encourage applications from all sections of the community. We welcome applications for both full and part-time study, and studentships are available as either ‘1+3’ (i.e. one full-time year of research training Masters followed by three years of full-time Doctoral study, or the part-time equivalent), or ‘+3’ (i.e. three years of full-time doctoral study or its part-time equivalent), depending on the needs of the applicant.


Further details for ESRC Wales DTP Collaborative studentships


These studentships are ‘collaborative’ awards. Applicants should take careful consideration of the working title and description of the project, and may wish to contact the named member of staff for a discussion prior to applying.


Exploring heterogeneity in sea anglers’ motivations and behaviours for the sustainable management of recreational fisheries in England and Wales (in collaboration with Cefas)


Supervisors: Julie Urquhart ( & Hannah Chiswell (


Recreational sea angling has the potential to have significant impact on fish stocks and marine ecosystems. Assessment of recreational angling by the European Parliament and the UK white paper on fisheries highlights the need for sea angling to be better incorporated into fisheries management, yet data is often limited to records of catch and expenditure, neglecting the social motivations that influence angler behaviour


This PhD provides an exciting opportunity to explore sea anglers’ motivations and behaviours, with a focus on developing a novel framework through which behavioural responses to future changes in management and catch can be anticipated and understood. The research is likely to involve both quantitative and qualitative research methods to address the following questions:


-          How do angler attitudes, behaviours, preferences and motivations differ?

-          How does angler heterogeneity influence compliance with management measures and impact on broader marine and coastal governance?

-          Are there geographical differences in angler behavioural responses and what drives these differences?


This research will have strong policy relevance that can be used to support effective management of recreational fisheries in the UK and Europe. The PhD is in partnership with Cefas (The Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science - who provide impartial marine science and advice to support UK and overseas governments on sea angling. The student will contribute to the ICES WGRFS (International Council for the Exploration of the Sea Working Group on Recreational Fisheries Surveys - to ensure that outcomes from the PhD are utilised. It is expected that the student will attend and present work at international conferences and publish in scientific journals.


Applicants are welcomed with a background in a range of social sciences, including: rural studies, environmental management, social psychology, and human geography. 


For more information on the project please contact Dr Julie Urquhart –


The successful candidate is expected to start their studentship in October 2020 and will be based in the Countryside and Community Research Institute, University of Gloucestershire. Students with a requirement to first undertake the Masters research training prior to starting the PhD will be based in the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University initially.


Studentship Awards commence in October 2020 and will cover your tuition fees as well as a maintenance grant (currently £15,009 p.a. for 2019/20 for full-time students, updated each year); and includes access to an additional Research Training Support Grant (RTSG), though an element of this latter fund may be ‘pooled’ and require separate applications from 2020 onwards. There are other opportunities and benefits available to studentship holders, including an overseas fieldwork allowance (if applicable), internship opportunities, overseas institutional visits and other small grants. Additional funds are also available from the collaborating partner, Cefas, to enable the student to be based at Cefas (in Lowestoft) for up to 3 months per year. At Cefas, the student will have the opportunity to interact with marine scientists, develop understanding of the science-policy interface, and have access to Cefas training courses.


Applicants should note that as a part of the training programme, they will be required to undertake 20 days’ work per year on live research projects in the CCRI.



ESRC studentships are highly competitive, so candidates should have an excellent academic background in the social sciences, holding a 1st or strong upper 2nd class degree; applications from those also holding a relevant research training Masters degree (or an equivalent background in research training) will be considered for a +3 award. Full awards (fees plus maintenance stipend) are open to UK Nationals and EU students who can satisfy UK residency requirements.


1+3 OR +3?

With exception of studentships in the Economics pathway, awards are available on either a 1+3 or +3 basis. A 1+3 studentship provides funding for four years (or part-time equivalent), completing a research training Masters in the 1st year, followed by 3 years research funding for a PhD. A +3 studentship provides funding for the three years PhD research study only (or part-time equivalent).



The closing deadline for applications is 12.00 noon on Monday 3rd February 2020. Short-listed applicants will be invited to interview, which are expected to take place in late February/early March 2020. After interview, a final short-list of applicants will be put forward to a Panel convened by the ESRC Wales DTP Management Group at which final decisions with regard to studentship awards will be made. In most cases successful applicants can expect to hear by early April 2020.



A completed application form for admission to doctoral study in the University of Gloucestershire: submitted to Dr Matthew Reed ( by the deadline of 12.00 noon on 3rd February 2020. Incomplete applications or applications received after this specified time will not be accepted.


The application must contain the following documents:


1.      University of Gloucestershire Studentship Application Form:
This form must be completed and all evidence requested in questions to be provided.
Part 2 (Qualifications and Experience) -
Where appropriate, this should also include proof of English Language Competency (7.0 IELTS minimum).
Part 3 (Referees) -
All applications require two academic references to be submitted in support. Candidates must approach referees themselves and include the references with their application.
Part 5 (Supporting Statement)
– The supporting statement must name the collaborative studentship being applied to. It must set out your reasons and motivation for applying to study at the University of Gloucestershire, and the Environmental Planning Pathway; your understanding, and expectations of doctoral study; and your academic interests generally, and particularly how these relate to the description of the project supplied. The supporting statement should be no more than two pages. Please also specify whether you wish to apply on a +3 or 1+3 basis.

2.      Curriculum Vitae: This should be no longer than two pages.

3.      Research Proposal: For collaborative studentships, the proposal should build directly on the outline description that has been supplied. The proposal should be up to a maximum of 1000 words, not including bibliographic references. We suggest that you use the following five headings in your research proposal:

·         Your reflections on the title, aims and purpose of the research;

·         An overview of some key research literature relevant to the study;

·         Your proposals for developing the design and methods of the study;

·         A description of potential outcomes of the project for understanding, knowledge, policy and practice (as appropriate to the topic);

·         Bibliographic references

Please see attached advert in Welsh


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