Doutoramento com bolsa | “Locating disability within processes of urban greening and green gentrification in the UK” | Universidade de Exeter, UK

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**Funded PhD Opportunity** – Locating disability within processes of urban greening and green gentrification in the UK.

Interdisciplinary PhD Ref: 4438

 

Project Description: Evidence suggests that time spent in ‘green’ spaces (for example, parks, gardens, woodlands and countryside areas) can be beneficial for human health and wellbeing. However, a growing body of critical research examining the social impacts of urban greening has identified detrimental processes of ‘green-gentrification’, with minority and low-income residents often experiencing community exclusion.

Although rarely acknowledged within the existing green-gentrification scholarship, disabled people are at particular risk of displacement due to high levels of poverty through entrenched disabling barriers to employment. Disabled people are also more likely to face additional labour costs of re-building social networks following displacement and navigating unfamiliar physical, health and social care environments in new communities.

 

This PhD project will improve understanding of the implications of urban-greening for disabled residents, identifying opportunities to embed disability knowledges and priorities within efforts to create more socially inclusive urban green-spaces. It will focus on two UK urban case-study areas, examining how different national policy landscapes intersect with local disability and planning politics to shape experiences of and responses to urban-greening and green-gentrification amongst residents with varied experiences and histories of disability.

 

A pluralistic qualitative interpretive approach is proposed, combining qualitative evidence synthesis, documentary analysis and exploratory, person-centred qualitative fieldwork enabling people to describe their experiences of disability, urban-greening and green-gentrification in their own terms.

 

The studentship will be affiliated with the ‘GroundsWell’ project funded by Prevention Research Partnership/Medical Research Council (project ref 118009). ‘GroundsWell: Community-engaged and Data-informed Systems Transformation of Urban Green and Blue Space for Population Health’, is exploring how transforming cities with nature can best reduce – rather than inadvertently act to widen – social health inequalities. More information is available about GroundsWell online: https://ukprp.org/what-we-fund/groundswell/

 

Supervisors:

Dr Sarah Bell, University of Exeter (https://medicine.exeter.ac.uk/people/profile/index.php?web_id=Sarah_Bell)

 

Dr Emmylou Rahtz, University of Exeter

(https://medicine.exeter.ac.uk/people/profile/index.php?web_id=Emmylou_Rahtz)

 

Dr Rebecca Lovell, University of Exeter

(https://medicine.exeter.ac.uk/people/profile/index.php?web_id=Rebecca_Lovell)

 

Professor Catharine Ward Thompson, University of Edinburgh

(https://www.eca.ed.ac.uk/profile/prof-catharine-ward-thompson)

 

Location:

European Centre for Environment and Human Health, Knowledge Spa, Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro, Cornwall

The University of Exeter’s College of Medicine and Health is inviting applications for a fully-funded PhD studentship to commence in September 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter. For eligible students the studentship will cover Home tuition fees plus an annual tax-free stipend of at least £16,062 for 3 years full-time, or pro rata for part-time study. 

Application Deadline: 25th April 2022

 

More Details:

More details are available online: https://www.exeter.ac.uk/study/funding/award/?id=4438

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