UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction


New UBEL Risk, Disaster and Resilience Studies funding pathway open

30 November 2023

The UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction will lead a new ESRC studentship pathway covering fees and an annual stipend for research students.

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The Risk, Disaster and Resilience Studies pathway is part of the ESRC's UBEL Doctoral Training Partnership and is led by the IRDR's Professor Mark Pelling. It is one of thirty, grouped together into six themes covering Business and data analytics; Digital footprints, environments, and global development; Diversity: communities, countries, and economies; Health, resilience, well-being and welfare; Learning, communication and cognition; and Political and judicial processes.

The pathway, listed in the digital footprints, environments, and global development group, is in a highly interdisciplinary field, with social scientists working with the arts and humanities, engineering, natural and medical sciences and the global North and South on projects that include fieldwork-intensive research co-produced with research users. This enables an understanding of hazard and vulnerability and for behavioural and institutional change to support resilience, enabling students to work across disciplinary boundaries.

The pathway links to multiple others in UBEL, engaging with policy and working with governments, trade unions, international organisations and global social movements. Centres include Gender Studies; Development, Environment and Policy; Sustainable Finance; Food Studies; Water and Development; African Studies; and SOAS South Asia Institute.

Postgraduate students can apply for the studentships, which cover tuition fees at the UKRI rate and an annual maintenance stipend. For more information, visit the UBEL website or contact the pathway lead, Professor Mark Pelling: mark.pelling@ucl.ac.uk

Deadlines for 2024 entry

27 October 2023 Survey Monkey Apply opens for Preliminary applications
Monday 15 January 2024 (23.59pm)Deadline for Preliminary applications
(week commencing) 29th January 2024– DTP informs candidates of Preliminary outcome
– Full application available to successful candidates
Monday 4 March 2024 (23.59pm)Deadline for Full applications
(week commencing) 13th May 2024DTP Board considers studentship applications

For more informatin about PhD programmes in the IRDR, visit the PhD page.