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Cardiff University: Applications for research scholarships welcomed - project "Food and Sustainable City-Regions"


The Cardiff School of Planning and Geography has been awarded six President’s Research Scholarships (CPLAN)  as part of a Cardiff University scheme that aims to promote excellence and impact of research in all academic disciplines. Four of these scholarships have already been filled.

CPLAN has invested these highly-prestigious PhD scholarships to strengthen and expand its ongoing and internationally renowned research on Food and Sustainable City-Regions. The scholarships have been devised to support research around one cutting-edge question: what is the role of different actors, governance levels, spatial scales and pro-poor planning strategies in reconnecting cities (physically, economically and socially) with their surrounding countryside?

Proposals are welcome in all areas that relate to the overall theme, but we will give priority to those that fall under these two categories:

  1. Street food in developing countries (Main supervisor: Peter Mackie; Second: Scott Orford)
  2. The role of consumers and citizen participation in food policy and governance (Main supervisor: Peter Feindt; Second: Mara Miele).

Candidates are strongly advised to contact the first supervisor if they want additional information on these themes.

The School of Planning and Geography (CPLAN) is the largest planning school in the UK and takes a wide definition of planning which encompasses the policy areas of economic development, environment, housing, urban design, transport, health as well as land-use planning. The School strives to be a centre of excellence in research, teaching and policy and practice associated with the planning and management of cities and regions. The main goal of this scheme is to establish the School of Planning and Geography as a globally-recognized PGR training centre in the area of food and sustainable city-regions. The School is uniquely positioned to take on a leading role in this emerging research field, given its inter-disciplinary environment, its international research focus (involving developed and developing countries), and its worldwide reputation in the areas of planning, agri-food studies and regional, urban and rural development.

Proposed Start Date: January or April 2013

Further information

Funding and Eligibility

The studentship will commence in January or April 2013 and will cover full UK/EU tuition fees plus a doctoral stipend matching the UK Research Council National Minimum (currently £13,590 p.a.)

The school will also provide £750 per annum for the first two years and £375 in the third year of the PhD towards travel, conferences, equipment and so on.


Academic Criteria:  Applicants must have a First Class Honours degree or a 2.1 plus a Postgraduate Masters degree at Distinction level (or their equivalents) in a relevant subject.


Full awards (fees plus maintenance stipend) are open to UK Nationals and EU students only. Overseas applicants would have to cover the difference between overseas and EU/home fees (approximately £11,200 per annum).

How to apply

Applicants should apply using the Online Application Service at, stating in the ‘funding’ section that you wish to apply for the President’s Research Scholarship.

Research proposals should address the PhD project for which you are applying in no more than 500 words.

Applicants are also required to submit a CV and covering letter to Sian Moseley, School of Planning and Geography, Glamorgan Building, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3WA. Email: MoseleySE(at)

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 7th November 2012 at 4pm.


For further information please contact Dr Roberta Sonnino:
Tel. +44 29 2087 5781