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PhD Studentship in Optimal Grazing Choices

Vacancy Details

Salary: Tuition fees and Maintenance Grant
Job Type: Research
Closing Date: 02/04/2022
Date Posted: 01/12/2022
Reference: O208


Wales ESRC DTP Environmental Planning Pathway:

Collaborative PhD Studentship


Identifying and communicating optimal grazing choices for sustainable livestock farming.

The project aims to identify optimal grazing management and advance best practice in communicating complex science on soil health and sustainability and investigate how to communicate these results and translate them into behaviour change. Collaboration with farmer partners interested in improving the sustainability of their farms, Cynidr Consulting and Natural Resources Wales means the project will remain focussed on addressing a key concern of the farming sector. The project will examine whether grazing regime and intensity lead to differences in soil biology and carbon stocks, how farmers perceive the impacts of grazing choices on soil health and carbon stocks, and best communication approaches to elicit change.

For further information, please see the full detail document. You are also welcome to contact the supervisor, Philip L Staddon or


Send a completed application pack to Dr Philip Staddon ( by the deadline of 12.00 noon, Friday 4th February 2022. Incomplete applications or applications received after this specified time will not be accepted.


The application pack must contain the following two documents:

1. Curriculum Vitae: It should be no longer than two pages.

2. Research Proposal: The proposal should be up to a maximum of 1000 words, not including 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);

• References


Closing Date: midday 04 February 2022

Interview Date: to be confirmed


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