Bloomsbury PhD Studentship - Child-centered climate and development pathways

Key information

Deadline date

Scholarship overview

The Bloomsbury Colleges is a consortium of six University of London Colleges.  One MPhil/PhD studentship of 3 year's duration will be available at SOAS (New admission only) for 2022/23 for the following project: Child-centred climate and development pathways

Award includes tuition fees at the Home/EU rate and a stipend of £17,609.00 (iclusive of London Weighting at 2021/22 rates, so slightly higher for 2022 entry)

100% FTE for 3 years from September 2022

Project Title: Child-centred climate and development pathways

Principle Supervisor: Dr Thomas Tanner Department of Development Studies, SOAS University of London (Email: )
Co-Supervisor: Dr Aideen Foley Department of Geography Birkbeck (Email: )

Project Details

This studentship will investigate the relationship between of children and their development futures in a changing climate. Drawing on theoretical bases around knowledge co-production, frames and post-development, the studentship will examine:

  • The evidence base on children and climate change and how it is popularly represented and framed
  • Perceptions and knowledges of children and future development pathways
  • How critical child-centred understandings of vulnerability and adaptive capacity can challenge and improve efforts to build resilience and adapt to climate change

The successful applicant will employ mixed methods approach and require quantitative as well as quantitative research skills. A Masters degree demonstrating research excellence would be an advantage.

Subject Areas/Keywords

Children and youth, development, climate change, resilience, perceptions

Key references

Tanner, Thomas (2010) ' Shifting the Narrative: Child-led Responses to Climate Change and Disasters in El Salvador and the Philippines '. Children & Society, (24) 4, pp 339-351.

Lee, K., Gjersoe, N., O'Neill, S., & Barnett, J. (2020). Youth perceptions of climate change: A narrative synthesis . Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, 11(3), e641.

Candidate Criteria

  • Must be UK/EU domiciled. If from the EU must be able to prove Settled Status in the UK.
  • New scholarship applicants must have applied to SOAS but are not required to have received an offer of admissions by the scholarship deadline. A Offer will to have been received by the time the relevant panel meets to discuss scholarship applications.

Candidate Assessment

  • Based on the information provided in your scholarship application (Research Proposal amd Personal Statement)
  • Confirmed and awarded by a Selection Panel

Scholarship Application Deadline

  • Scholarship applications must be received no later than 23:59 (UK local time) on 17 April 2022
  • You must submit a complete application of your programme as soon as possible and then submit an application for this scholarship, in order to be considered. Please note that complete applications for admissions can take up to 4 weeks to be considered by the Department, although this duration can vary depending on the time of the year. You should be prepared to wait up to 6 weeks in busy periods.
  • You will need to have a firm offer for your programme by the time the Scholarship Panel meet.
  • Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Scholarship Application Procedures

Further information about PhDs at SOAS University of London is available from:

There is a two step procedure:

Guidance for applying for applying to Research Programmes and information on what makes an application can be found here for How to Apply

Your research proposal should take account of the project title and outline above, and indicate how you would aim to carry out the research. In your personal statement, please indicate why this project interests you and in what ways you are qualified to undertake it

  • Apply for the Scholarship by 23:59 (UK local time) on 17 April 2022

You must apply for this scholarship via the online application form


Successful candidates will be notified by the of June 2022. If you have not heard from us by then, you should assume that your application was unsuccessful.

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