Pathway available at Bath, Bournemouth, Bristol, Exeter, Plymouth Marjon and UWE
The Climate Change, Sustainability and Society pathway focuses on the development and application of social science expertise to complex problems of climate change and sustainability. It brings together internationally recognised social and interdisciplinary scientists with expertise in the broad area of sustainability and climate change at six Universities: Bristol, Exeter, UWE, Bath, Bournemouth and Plymouth Marjon. Our research spans a wide range of social science disciplines, including psychology, geography, politics, business, education, health and the creative arts, with students benefiting from complementary and distinctive expertise at each institution. Researchers in this pathway are driven by a common goal: to conduct research with impact that influences policy and practice in the area of sustainability and climate change. This involves addressing the complex and multifaceted challenges in this critical area, and working towards solutions with real-world implications. Research across the six institutions encompasses issues including the politics of sustainable transitions, resilience and adaptation, climate justice, energy and innovation, climate change communication, local sustainability governance, food systems, and the circular/green economy. Our students actively engage in interdisciplinary research groups, helping break through disciplinary silos to build the skills, knowledge, and experiences to address these societal challenges. A wide range of qualitative and quantitative research approaches are welcomed, including innovative and creative approaches to data collection and analysis. This pathway will equip PhD students to develop the skills required for a wide range of careers in local and international contexts.