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PhD: Fishing for Net Zero solutions – Using lessons from historical interactions of fisheries, technology and society to identify possible sustainable futures – University of Hull

Funding:Funded PhD

Duration:3 years (full-time) 5 years (part-time)

Application deadline:10 February 2023

Applications are invited for a PhD student to work on a project looking at the sustainable future of the fishing industry and coastal communities. This project is part of a PhD cluster on Sustainable Terrestrial and Maritime Food Systems: Environmental Technologies and their Implications The problems of fisheries management and survival of coastal settlements that identify as fishing towns/villages are intertwined and rooted in past ecologies and socio-economic contexts. Using available historical data of fisheries, demographic and local economic data from 1809 onwards this project will use a combination of multivariate and narrative techniques to identify temporal nodes and explanations for shifts in fisheries activities. In the past, key shifts in fisheries have been facilitated and forced by socio-economic and eco-environmental changes such as changes in fuel prices as well as technological advances (such as engine development, refrigeration technology, hydraulic technology and transport) that have altered fishing efficiencies and developed infrastructure to allow access to larger markets. This project will seek to use a historic understanding of the links between these changes and fisheries in modern times as fishing adapts to the need to decarbonise and adapt to power limitations caused by the need for increasing efficiency.

The successful student will benefit from joining a collaborative, multidisciplinary and nurturing environment, and will be provided with excellent opportunities for external networking. We will hold regular meetings with the entire cluster, with opportunities to present and discuss research, invite internal and external speakers and collaborators and foster networking.

For informal enquiries, please contact Dr Magnus Johnson.

Join us at a free webinar at 6 pm on Thursday 1 December for more information about the funded projects available through this cluster. You will be able to hear from PhD supervisors and ask questions about the programme.

PhD website here

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