As a PhD student in the Department of Geography and Environmental Science at Reading, you will be part of a vibrant research community.
We offer PhD programmes in the following areas:
- environmental science
- human geography
- soil science.
Our research spans a broad range of topics at the interface between humans and the environment.
We focus on inequalities, participatory approaches, politics and governance in diverse fields. These include environmental change, food networks, gender and caring relations, and citizen science at local–global spatial scales.
We critically examine global flows of ideas and resources looking at the interactions between poverty, population, livelihood development, governance and sustainability of natural resources.
We use a range of palaeo-data and modelling approaches to understand past human–environment–climate relationships at regional to global scales, over millennial to glacial-interglacial time frames.
We conduct in-depth and cross-disciplinary environmental science to address global challenges. We have a strong focus on soil, water and air, all in relation to ecosystem services, sustainable production and natural hazards, and we work at scales ranging from molecular to Earth system.
Particular research focuses are:
When you undertake a PhD with us, you'll be assigned two supervisors, based on your research proposal and whether this aligns with their specialisms.
Our expert academics will work closely with you to ensure your time with us as a PhD student is as rewarding as possible.
Find a PhD opportunity that aligns with your interests and career ambitions.
We want to ensure that your time spent with us is as rewarding as possible. To allow you to explore your various options, here's a list of some of our currently available PhD opportunities.
We do, however, offer many more options, so please contact us for further information. You can propose your own project that aligns with our research. Find out more about how to apply for a PhD.