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PhD Studentship: Sustainable Waste Management from an Ancient Maya Salt Production Centre in Belize

10 May 2012

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A PhD studentship is jointly offered by the Institute and UCL Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering from October 2012 (Ref:1248776). 

The UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources (ISR) is funding a cross-disciplinary four-year studentship based in the UCL Institute of Archaeology and the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering (CEGE) to examine and quantify the dynamics of environmental impact from ancient Maya salt production, with the aim of extracting lessons with wider relevance to resource management today. 

This PhD project will investigate the association between intensive salt production, short-term environmental degradation, and long-term enhancements in cultivability, biodiversity and shoreline stability.

Applicants should have a first or upper second class degree in a relevant field, such as scientific/environmental archaeology/anthropology, environmental engineering/chemistry/science etc. The candidate must be able to demonstrate interdisciplinary interests, a capability and willingness to engage analytically with the literature in both archaeology and environmental engineering, and possess a range of practical skills relevant to field work.

The deadline for applications is 18 June 2012.

Further details including information about the application procedure are available on the UCL website.

Any enquiries about the studentship may be directed to Elizabeth Graham who will supervise the studentship at the Institute.