PhD Studentships Impacts of gender on sustainable adaptation to climate change in mega-deltas



Supervisor(s): Dr Emma Tompkins and Dr Craig Hutton

Gender-sensitive climate change adaptation seeks to consider both men’s and women’s adaptive capacity, to ensure that the adaptation benefits the households they are part of, and the people who rely on them. To do this, there is first a need to understand how to improve women’s adaptive capacity and how to support women in the context of climate change.  Four core questions underpin this research: 1. In mega-deltas how do climate change impacts manifest and what is the relative impact on men and women? 2. How do current adaptation strategies benefit men and women differentially? 3. Can gender sensitive adaptation improve the sustainability of adaptation in mega deltas? 4. What are the social, economic and cultural barriers to gender-sensitive sustainable adaptation in mega-deltas?

This will be a field-based PhD, with field work located in one of the following countries: Ghana, Egypt, India, Bangladesh, it will involve collaborative work on a household survey, and in-depth household work. Candidates will need both quantitative and qualitative analysis skills, with knowledge of gender and development issues. 

Candidates must have a first or strong upper second class degree in Geography, Environmental Science, Social science or a closely related subject and some previous experience, training or education on gender and development. In addition, an MSc in an associated subject would be advantageous.

This PhD studentship has 50% funding for an EU/UK student. The remaining funds will be sought through an internal competition.

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