Deadline: 2016-02-04
Value of Scholarship: Exeter
Level Of Study: PhD

ESRC SWDTC Studentship: Working class environmentalisms in contemporary India



The University of Exeter is pleased to be offering a total of up to 22 ESRC funded 1+3 or +3 studentships, including any collaborative projects, as part of the South West Doctoral Training Centre (SWDTC) for entry in 2016-17. Within the DTC, the College of Life and Environmental Sciences is currently inviting applications for the project entitled: Working class environmentalisms in contemporary India. This project is one of a number that are in competition for funding. Studentships will be awarded on the basis of merit and strategic fit with the aims of the DTC.

For eligible UK/EU students the full time studentship will cover fees and an annual Research Council stipend of at least £14,057 (2015-16 rate) for up to three years (+3 award) or four years (1+3 award).

For the 1+3 studentships we would require you to register initially on the MRes Critical Human Geographies (Streatham campus). For the +3 studentships we would require you to register on the MPhil/PhD Human Geography (Streatham campus).

Supervisors:

Krithika Srinivasan Human Geography (University of Exeter)

Karen Bickerstaff Human Geography (University of Exeter)

Project Description:

This project on working-class environmentalisms in the Global South explores intersections between labour and environmental movements in India. Sustainability agendas continue to be viewed as in conflict with working-class concerns about jobs and livelihoods (Rathzel and Uzzell 2011). All the same, a growing corpus of work (Braca 2012) points to existing and potential linkages between labour and environmental movements, especially in the context of transnational markets, production and consumption. These linkages are a critical, and as yet underdeveloped, facet of environmental justice theory. Building on this nascent literature, this project aims to investigate the intersections between workers’/labour movements in India and global sustainability action. Key empirical aims include the examination of how synergies between environmental and labour agendas emerge and play out on the ground, and the analysis of the different spatial, temporal and geopolitical scales at which these intersections manifest.

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This scholarship has played a significant role in problematizing the simplistic portrayal of environmentalism as a post-industrial, middle/upper class concern. However, sustainability agendas continue to be viewed as in conflict with working-class concerns about jobs and livelihoods (Rathzel and Uzzell 2011). This is because environmental regulation and action are seen as compromising the growth in the primary and secondary sectors necessary for a flourishing labour market. All the same, a growing corpus of work (Braca 2012) points to existing and potential linkages between labour and environmental movements, especially in the context of transnational markets, production and consumption. These linkages are a critical, and as yet underdeveloped, facet of environmental justice theory.

Building on this nascent literature, this project aims to investigate the intersections between workers’/labour movements in India and global sustainability action. Key empirical aims include the examination of how synergies between environmental and labour agendas emerge and play out on the ground, and the analysis of the different spatial, temporal and geopolitical scales at which these intersections manifest.

For further information about the project and for eligibility please visit:

http://www.exeter.ac.uk/studying/funding/award/?id=2084

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