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Applications are invited for a fully-funded Doctoral Studentship under the Leverhulme Trust’s ‘Understanding Maritime Futures’

Published: 12 March 2015
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Applications are invited for a fully-funded Doctoral Studentship under the Leverhulme Trust’s ‘Understanding Maritime Futures’ Doctoral programme. This will be tenable in the Faculties of Humanities and Geography and the Environment (Disciplines of History and Geography) and be fully-linked with activities of the Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute.

The Project

Towns, trade and shipping were fundamental, and sustained the prosperity of significant coastal towns which were especially sensitive to changes in the coastal environment. This project will involve the examination of how towns coped with changes to the coast through identifying their various strategies for protecting their trade and prosperity.

The methodology for this project will be interdisciplinary and will involve looking at physical geographical data concerning the nature and scale of coastal change. The historical data explains how towns dealt with change through a range of methods; the aim will be to relate them to each other. This study will not be fully national in scope but will involve examination of a number of regional case studies where the evidence for coping strategies is strong.

The student will be registered at the University of Southampton, and will be supervised in both History and Geography. The Geography supervisor will be Professor David Sear and the History supervisors will be Dr Nicholas Karn and Dr Craig Lambert.

Selection Requirements

Required: at least a high 2:1 honours degree and an MA (or equivalent) in History or the related discipline of Maritime Archaeology. Candidates without an MA but with relevant experience will also be considered and are encouraged to apply.

Desirable: working understanding and knowledge of palaeography, medieval Latin and knowledge of late medieval history. For the Geographical aspect of the project full training will be provided

The studentship is tenable for three years. A full stipend at RCUK-level will be provided, and all fees will be paid. There will be some limited funds for training.

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Closing date: 13th April 2015

Application for the studentship is by CV; a sample of written work (5,000 word max); and covering letter, explaining why you feel you are suitable for this research project. Please also arrange for two academic references to be sent independently by the deadline. All material should be sent to

Shortlisted candidates will be required to undertake a 1500 word proposal challenge by 27th April and will be invited to interview, by Skype or conference call if necessary. It is anticipated that interviews will take place in late April/early May 2015.

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