Self-funded PhD students only

Project code



Department of Geography

Start dates

February and October

Closing date

Applications accepted all year round

This research into Urban Ecological Networks explores the quality and connectivity of urban habitats, including Green Infrastructure (GI) and urban green spaces.

You'll examine successful species, help develop best planning practice, and your research will cross boundaries, into areas such as ecology and environmental geography, social science, civil engineering and biochemistry.

The programme is self-funded, and supervised by Dr Heather Rumble, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Geography.

The work will include:

  • Examining key indicator organisms, such as invertebrates and soil microarthropods
  • Modelling the distribution of these organisms
  • Performing manipulative experiments to understand best planning practise for providing urban habitat
  • Analysing population distributions of highly mobile, successful urban species

Green Infrastructure (GI) and urban green spaces are increasingly used within spatial planning, and seen in national, regional and local planning strategies.

The aim of this research is investigate the theory that urban green spaces and GI are extremely variable in quality, and that use of GI is limited to highly mobile species.

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

  • A good first degree from an internationally recognised university (depending on the course, minimum second class or equivalent) or a Master’s degree in an appropriate subject
  • Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0
  • All applicants are subject to interview

Make an enquiry

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How to Apply

To make an enquiry about this project, get in touch with the PhD Supervisor for this programme, Dr Heather Rumble by emailing, quoting the project code GEOG1331015 and title. 

You can also visit our How to Apply pages to get a better understanding of how the PhD application process works.

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