Human Geography: Fully Funded Swansea University PhD: ‘Green’ jobs and emotional labour

  • PHD
  • Full cost of UK tuition fees and an annual stipend
  • 10 August 2022

Funding provider: Swansea University's Faculty of Science and Engineering

Subject areas: Geography

Project start date:

  • 1 October 2022 (Enrolment open from mid-September) *A later start date may be possible (up to 1 July 2023).


  • Dr Osian Elias
  • Professor Tavi Murray
  • Dr Anna Pigott

Aligned programme of study: PhD in Human Geography

Mode of study: Full-time

Project description:

A fully-funded 3-year PhD scholarship is available in the Department of Geography, Swansea University on “’Green jobs’ and Emotional Labour”.

Climate action demands the growth of green industries and a proliferation of green jobs. New generations of workers may increasingly be motivated by environmental concerns and the green credentials of their labour. However, there already exists a significant environmental and conservation sector within the economy. This studentship will explore the emotional labour of environmental and conservation workers and how they ‘see’ and ‘feel’ the climate and nature emergencies through their work.

It is envisaged that data will be generated through mobile and situated interviews with environmental practitioners in Wales. The research will explore the emotional response of environmental practitioners to climatic and ecological change in their work and how this relates to broader environmental action.

Consideration of the labour experiences of workers whose labour is steered by, and requires detailed knowledge of, the climate and nature emergencies will contribute to our understanding of those emergencies and help define new ‘green’ jobs and industries as they develop.

There is considerable scope for the student to contribute to the specific focus of the PhD research.

The successful candidate will benefit from an emerging and very active interdisciplinary research network in this area.


Candidates must normally hold an undergraduate degree at 2.1 level in geography or a related social science field, or a master’s degree with a minimum overall grade at ‘Merit’ (or Non-UK equivalent as defined by Swansea University).

Candidates should have strong qualitative research skills, to include designing, generating, and analysing data. Experience at master's level would be an advantage.

We welcome applications from candidates with relevant professional experience and are particularly keen to hear from individuals whose research is motivated by their own response to the climate and nature emergencies.

English Language requirements: If applicable – IELTS 6.5 overall (with at least 5.5 in each individual component) or Swansea recognised equivalent.

Due to funding restrictions, this scholarship is open to applicants eligible to pay tuition fees at the UK rate only, as defined by UKCISA regulations.

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This scholarship covers the full cost of UK tuition fees and an annual stipend of £16,062 for three years.

Additional research expenses will also be available.


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