World Land Trust (WLT) continues to build on its partnership with University of Leeds School of Earth and Environment by supporting a PhD researching social and environmental impacts of private protected areas in Latin America.
The research will have two interwoven objectives: to evaluate the geographical extent of private protected areas globally and on assessing how much area they conserve; and to analyse the impact of private protected areas relative to protected areas under other forms of governance and to non-protected areas. The research will focus on case studies from two or more Latin American countries.
David Wright, WLT Head of Programmes
David Wright, WLT’s Head of Programmes, explained WLT’s role in the project: “WLT will support the research by providing data on private protected areas from the countries in which we work with our network of conservation partners, as well as sharing experiences and expertise. We also plan to host the PhD for a month or two over the three to four year research period, which will benefit all involved enormously.”
Dr George Holmes of University of Leeds Sustainability Research Institute will supervise the PhD, with input from WLT.
The PhD is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and is issued by White Rose Social Science Doctoral Training Centre, a collaboration across the social sciences at the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York.
The post would suit a motivated student with interests in at least some of the following topics: conservation biology, sustainable development, spatial analysis and quantitative social science.
Applicants should have a relevant undergraduate degree (Minimum UK Upper Second Class Honours or equivalent) or Master’s degree, and knowledge of GIS and statistical data analysis.
Experience of managing large datasets, tropical environments and their conservation would be helpful but not essential.
Applicants without an appropriate MSc degree may be able to get funding to undertake a year of MSc study prior to commencing the PhD under ESRC 1+3 funding.
This isn’t the first time that WLT has worked with University of Leeds. WLT is currently supporting a PhD studentship investigating the impact of forest degradation on lowland tropical forests at Khe Nuoc Trong in Vietnam.