Apply: PhD Funding

1) Leverhulme PhD Bursary: Water Cultures in Conflict at Pebble Mine, Alaska – Bursary Deadline – 29 March 2021

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Applications are invited for a new interdisciplinary PhD project to explore Pebble Mine, Alaska as emblematic of a new, global dependence on rare metals and of a race for access to them that will shape the environmental agenda of the future. Pebble Mine is the second-largest gold deposit in the world and if exploited, will yield up to $500 billion. However, it is also at the headwaters of two of the five major river drainages that supply the salmon runs of Bristol Bay, the world’s largest salmon run. Salmon underpin around 75% of all local jobs and the subsistence lifestyles of many Alaskan indigenous peoples. The United Tribes of Bristol Bay strongly oppose the 10 billion tons of toxic waste they say the mine will generate. For more information from WWF.

If successful, applicants will have the chance to shape their own research, following these central research questions:

How do canvassed and crowd-sourced interviews, corporate, state, federal, NGO data as well as tribal documents held at the University of Juneau bring debates, histories, and approaches surrounding Pebble Mine into critical and creative tension?

Can the world’s most emblematic water and environmental conflict provide an index to inform future debate and decision-making?

How significant are “portfolio effects” in relation to species diversity and the viability of salmon industry at Bristol Bay?

How have cultural representation, treaty rights and the history of colonisation impacted debate?

How significant has development theory been in North American resource-use contexts since the Brundtland report of 1987?

How does analysis of Pebble Mine inform thinking on “delocalised pollution”, as exemplified in recent books such as Guillaume Pitron’s, The Rare Metals War (Scribe, 2020)?

The project offers the opportunity to work with Professor Joy Porter and British Academy Global Professor Greg Smithers, and the Department of Geography, Geology & Environment and the Energy and Environment Institute at the University of Hull. The successful applicant will be encouraged to disseminate their findings using kinetic mapping techniques.

2) AHRC CDA Scholarship – Deadline anticipated Spring 2021

Treatied Spaces is delighted to announce a new AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership Studentship with English Heritage and Historic England, entitled Mahogany, Enslaved Africans, and Miskito Indigenous Peoples at Chiswick House, Kenwood and Marble Hill, London.

Mahogany was once a highly esteemed luxury commodity, but now is emblematic of environmental degradation. This studentship will explore the cultural significance and exceptional intercultural narrative surrounding mahogany in U.K. heritage environments, specifically, the mahogany-related processes of exchange that link three English Heritage properties (Chiswick House, Kenwood and Marble Hill, London), Miskito African American indigenous environmental brokers, and enslaved Africans in the West Indies and Central America.

This studentship is an exceptional opportunity for candidates with a Master’s degree or equivalent experience to apply to be funded by the AHRC to study over four years, benefit from an additional travel and research expenses grant of GBP 4000 from the Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission for England and from access to the CDP Cohort Development Fund. The selected candidate will further benefit from 12 weeks of placement (3 weeks per year) at each of the three London heritage sites listed above. These have been designed to allow the student to explore a heritage or curatorial career path and to learn more about why knowledge relating to mahogany has been identified by English Heritage as a pressing research need.

Interested? Preliminary enquiries are welcomed by Academic Lead Supervisor Professor Joy Porter and by English Heritage Lead Supervisor Dr Esmé Whittaker. A great place to start preliminary reading in the American context is Jennifer Anderson, Mahogany: The Costs of Luxury in Early America, Harvard University Press, 2012.

The studentship start date is 1 October and it is anticipated that the formal advertisement and UoH link for applications will be available in April/May 2021. Applications from all interested students will be welcome. Watch this space!