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Innovation and evaluation of interventions to reduce marine plastic pollution (BEAUMONT_UPML21ARIES)

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    University of East Anglia
    Biological sciencesOther
    Environmental scienceOther
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    12/01/2021 23:00 - Europe/London
    United Kingdom › Plymouth



The impact of marine plastic pollution on UK society, economy and environment is poorly understood but likely to be substantial. Extensive research is underway into the sources, distribution and impacts of plastic, but the transference of this research into meaningful governance recommendations remains sporadic. To address this issue this studentship will draw on the wealth of current research, and collaborating with natural and social scientists at PML, UEA, CEFAS, and Defra, will innovate and evaluate a range of intervention strategies to reduce marine plastic pollution.

Research Methodology:

This PhD will be primarily based at PML, but with research stays as required at UEA, CEFAS(CCSUS) and Defra. The research is focussed around 3 objectives: i. Review existing policy interventions in the UK and internationally, including an assessment of barriers to, and the social and economic implications of, their implementation; ii. Quantify sources, types and amounts of plastic in UK waters using both data collection and modelling; iii. Systematically assess the effectiveness of different interventions to reduce marine plastic pollution, utilising modelling, interview and survey techniques. The research will directly inform Defra’s 25 year plan, and contribute to future policies and management plans.


This PhD includes training in interdisciplinary research, ecological modelling, scientific data analysis, survey design and stakeholder engagement. The candidate will receive scientific writing mentoring to lead their own publications. They will be supported to present their work at national and international conferences. The candidate will be embedded in the PML community, ensuring regular contact with modellers, remote sensing scientists, marine ecologists, social scientists, biogeochemists in addition to the PML communications and impact teams. PML is certified to ISO9001 and ISO45001, and the candidate will receive training in health and safety processes and in mental health awareness.

This studentship will be hosted at PML

Person Specification:

The project will suit an exceptional, highly motivated candidate with a background and skills in environmental science coupled with an interest in governance, or alternatively with a social or political science background with an interest in environment.


Funding Notes


This project has been shortlisted for funding by the ARIES NERC DTP.

Successful candidates who meet UKRI’s eligibility criteria are awarded a NERC studentship covering fees, stipend (£15,285 p.a., 2020-21) and research funding. International applicants (EU/non-EU) are eligible for fully-funded studentships. Please note ARIES funding does not cover visa costs (including immigration health surcharge) or other additional costs associated with relocation to the UK.


Excellent applicants from quantitative disciplines with limited experience in environmental sciences may be considered for an additional 3-month stipend to take advanced-level courses.


ARIES is committed to equality, diversity, widening participation and inclusion in all areas of its operation. We encourage enquiries and applications from all sections of the community regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, age, sexual orientation and transgender status. Academic qualifications are considered alongside significant relevant non-academic experience.

For further information, please visit www.aries-dtp.ac.uk

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Anforderungen für das Jobangebot

Besondere Anforderungen

Acceptable first degree in environmental science, geography, sociology, ecology & conservation or marine sciences.

1 position(s) available at
Plymouth Marine Laboratory
United Kingdom

EURAXESS Angebots-ID: 571550


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