Ph.D. Studentship in Social Anthropology – 1+3 years (Brunel University London)

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Ph.D. Studentship in Social Anthropology (1+3 years), Brunel University London

Causes and Contexts of Human-Orangutan Conflict and Orangutan Killing in Borneo
Funded by the Arcus Foundation and Brunel University London

Full time, fixed term for 4 years (MRes+PhD), to start in September 2017.
Funding covers 100% full-time tuition fees at the UK/EU rate and a stipend of £14,296 per annum.

Dates: Deadline 28 April 2017. Interviews will be held in mid- to late-May.

Application materials: Please submit a CV, cover letter and writing sample (e.g. an essay) together with two references

Applications are invited for a full-time Ph.D. studentship (1+3 years) that explores the causes and contexts of human-orangutan conflict and orangutan killing in Indonesian Borneo. This studentship forms the core of an exciting new collaboration between Dr Liana Chua, a social anthropologist of Borneo (Brunel), and Dr Erik Meijaard, a senior orangutan conservation scientist and strategist (Borneo Futures). The studentship is funded by the Arcus Foundation’s Great Apes Program and Brunel University London, and will be carried out under Dr Chua’s supervision in Anthropology with further guidance from Dr Meijaard.

This collaborative project combines anthropological methods and insights with conservation strategy, and would be ideal for a candidate looking to straddle both academia and conservation or related fields (e.g. sustainability, policy, science communications). Its aims are: 1) to build up an in-depth ethnographic understanding, based on long-term fieldwork, of the wider socio-cultural, political, economic, religious and legal contexts in which human-orangutan conflict and orangutan killing occur; and 2) to draw on this knowledge to formulate new conservation strategies for working with local communities and mitigating the problems of human-orangutan conflict and orangutan killing.

This is a rare opportunity for an exceptional candidate to undertake advanced academic training in research leading to a PhD, while gaining important experience and a foothold in the field of conservation strategy, outreach and/or science communication. In addition to rigorous training in anthropological methods, you will receive mentorship from both Dr Chua and Dr Meijaard, and have the chance to work with a range of conservation strategists and organizations. This will give you the opportunity to develop vital analytical and communicative skills, and valuable experience of working across disciplines and professional sectors.

Prospective candidates are welcome to contact me for an informal chat before submitting an application.

Dr Liana Chua
Division of Anthropology
Brunel University London
Uxbridge, UB8 3PH
United Kingdom

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