University of Stirling and Historic England Fully-funded PhD Studentship under the AHRC’s Collaborative Doctoral Scheme

Deadline for applications has passed. Information available for reference only.

Key Facts

Fee status

England, Northern Ireland, Wales, European Union, Scotland

Level

Postgraduate (research)

Deadline

Deadline for applications has passed. Information available for reference only.

Number of awards

One

Value of awards

Full-time studentship for 45 months (3.75 years) or part-time equivalent. Includes fees and a monthly stipend

Your country/region

Entitled “Exploring the value of coastal heritage to different sectors of society using discrete choice experiments”, this project will explore the applicability of economic valuation to coastal heritage and apply discrete choice modelling to value maritime heritage sites.

Background information

The University of Stirling and Historic England are pleased to announce the opportunity for a fully-funded collaborative doctoral partnership student to undertake a project focusing on the economic valuation of coastal heritage in South West England. This is an ideal opportunity for a candidate who is aiming to complete a PhD and undertake a substantial piece of research that makes a contribution to the fields of environmental or cultural economics and heritage valuation. The project will explore the applicability of economic valuation to coastal heritage and apply discrete choice modelling to value maritime heritage.

This PhD project will focus on the economic valuation of coastal heritage in South West England. It will explore the applicability of economic valuation to coastal heritage and apply discrete choice modelling to value maritime heritage sites. The project will be jointly supervised by Dr Tobias Börger (Economics Division at The University of Stirling Management School) and Adala Leeson (Historic England) in collaboration with the Heritage subject area at the University of Stirling, the University of Plymouth and Fjordr Ltd.

The research will seek to capture intangible, non-use values of the conservation of coastal heritage sites that go beyond narrow notions of economic value of heritage sites (e.g. tourism revenue or employment effects). The valuation study will explore values for coastal heritage sites held by different user groups (e.g. locals and tourists). While economic valuation is at the heart of this project, the use of focus groups, interviews and surveys within this approach allows for a deeper exploration of the factors that shape people’s relationships with coastal heritage. The project will use state-of-the-art methods to analyse discrete choice experiment (DCE) data to examine the relationships between (economic) values for coastal heritage and concepts such as social and contested values and place identity.

The student will work with Dr Tobias Börger (Economics), Prof Danny Campbell (Economics) and Dr Chiara Bonacchi (Heritage) at Stirling, Adala Leeson at Historic England, Dr Tara Hooper at Plymouth and Dr Antony Firth at Fjordr Ltd.

The successful student will benefit from being part of the Applied Choice Research Group, which is a new and exciting research group established to provide a focal point for the research interests of staff within the Economics Division who work in various applied fields of choice modelling. The student will also be part of and contribute to the Centre for Environment, Heritage and Policy and the inter-faculty Cultural Heritage Programme at the University of Stirling.

The Economics Division at the University of Stirling Management School is a vibrant community with world-leading academic credentials and strong professional links with interdisciplinary researchers, policy institutions and the business community. Our research programmes and collaborative research environment, together with the expertise from the Heritage subject area, makes Stirling the ideal place for your PhD.

Historic England is the Government’s statutory advisor on the historic environment in England. It is the public body that helps people care for, enjoy and celebrate England’s spectacular historic environment.

As this is a collaborative award, students will be expected to spend time at both the University of Stirling and Historic England, including a minimum of 3 months placement at Historic England, which may be spread over the period of the studentship. There will also be time spent in SW England based at Plymouth to conduct fieldwork. The successful candidate will be eligible to participate in CDP Cohort Development events. All new CDP students will be expected to attend the CDP Student Launch Event on Monday 21 September 2020 at the British Museum.

Value of studentship

Full-time studentship for 45 months (3.75 years) or part-time equivalent. Possibility of being extended for an additional three months to provide professional development opportunities, or up to three months of funding may be used to pay for the costs the student might incur in taking up professional development opportunities.

The award pays tuition fees up to the value of the full-time home/EU UKRI rate for PhD degrees. The Research Councils UK Indicative Fee Level for 2020/21 is £4,407. International candidates can apply if they can meet the difference between UK/EU and International Tuition fees from their own resources. See further details on PhD fee rates at the University of Stirling.

The successful candidate will receive a monthly stipend for the course of the studentship. The National Minimum Doctoral Stipend for 2020/21 is £15,285. Further details can be found on the UKRI website. The student is eligible to receive an additional travel and related expenses grant during the course of the project courtesy of Historic England worth up to £1,000 per year for 3.75 years (45 months).

The project can be undertaken on a full-time or part-time basis (to a minimum of 50% of time on the PhD).

Eligibility and availability

The successful candidate should have, or expect to obtain, an undergraduate degree in Economics (or related social science) and a postgraduate degree in Economics (or related social science). The successful candidate must have completed training in statistics and quantitative data analysis. The candidate is further expected to have an interest in working with heritage. Prior experience of working with heritage is desirable.

The successful candidate will be expected to conduct fieldwork and spend time at the different partner institutions. Therefore, the successful candidate must have strong communication skills. Basic programming skills in R are desirable.

The start date of the project is October 2020 (or as soon as possible thereafter).

How do I apply?

Submit an electronic copy of your Curriculum Vitae and a letter of interest by 1 July 2020 simultaneously to:

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend a Skype interview.

Contact us

Please contact Dr Tobias Borger (tobias.borger@stir.ac.uk) or Professor Danny Campbell (danny.campbell@stir.ac.uk).