PhDs: current student pages and how to apply

PhDs – scroll down for info on current students 

We encourage applications for interdisciplinary projects in the Environmental Humanities, ideally integrating two or more of the interests of academic staff listed on the Research Centre for Environmental Humanities.

We advise that you discuss your proposal with the relevant academic staff before applying.

How to apply

We have annual fee waiver plus some research expenses awards. Applications are currently closed.

We welcome serious inquiries about possible PhDs even if funding sources are not identified. (Self-funded PhDs are possible – but obviously securing funding is a better option).

Details on how to apply, may be found in our How to Apply: Research Degrees section.

There are sources of funding such as the AHRC South, West and Wales Consortium: “Ground-breaking research training in the Arts and Humanities  (SWWC)”.

The SWWC is led by University of Bristol in collaboration with Cardiff University, University of Exeter, Aberystwyth University and University of Bath, Bath Spa University, University of Reading and University of Southampton


Environmental Humanities PhDs are intended to be innovative, interdisciplinary. They will often be supervised across university faculties – certainly disciplines. The can either be ‘standard’ academic Phds, which are works of research scholarship of approximately 80,000 words done of over three years (full-time), or newer forms of PhDs with practice which combine a shorter element of scholarly writing with arts or related practice of some kind or another. In sympathy with the overall aims of the research centre we seek PhD research which will generate innovative form of critical-creative knowledge expressly orientated towards more ecologically just and sustainable forms of collective life on earth.

Current PhD students

Patricia Brien

Esther Cowdery

Laura Denning

Charlotte Shipperley

Richard White

David Willis

Related PhDs in the university

As Bath Spa University has a strong research profile in fine art, creative writing, music and other subjects many already underway PhDs have some overlap with the research centre and these students are in contact – to varying degrees – with the Research Centre community.

List to come