Posted on: 12 July, 2019
Application deadline: August 30, 2019

EPA Co-funded Doctoral Scholarship on Citizen Science Investigations – river environmental stewardship (CSI-River), Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, Ireland

Details of the doctoral scholarship can be found here: https://www.mic.ul.ie/faculty-of-arts/department/geography?index=3

Closing date for applications is 30th August 2019.

Lead Supervisor: Dr. Catherine Dalton – Department of Geography, University of Limerick (Mary Immaculate College)

Co-Supervisors: Dr. Julian Bloomer – Department of Geography, University of Limerick (Mary Immaculate College) & Ruairí Ó Conchúir (LAWPRO)

Title: Citizen Science Investigations – river environmental stewardship (CSI-River)

Project Summary:

This interdisciplinary science-society project, CSI-River, will partner individual citizens, the Maigue Rivers Trust (MRT), and a Community Water Officer with a postgraduate researcher to support, motivate, jointly implement and measure environmental stewardship. The project is based on the fundamental concept that that our relationship to nature is ultimately shaped locally but has been underdeveloped in an Irish context. The PhD will examine the socio-cultural context for citizen science (CS) and environmental monitoring, analyse a range of biodiversity and in-stream CS projects on a local scale and develop a template to mainstream CS in water quality monitoring. The project will use a mixture of natural and social sciences to bring together the knowledge and skills of lay-citizens and academics in field-based activities within a River Trust framework in a catchment which is ‘At Risk’. The project addresses the need to ensure the promotion, involvement, cooperation and co-ownership of water (and biodiversity) management by local people and communities living and working within their local catchments.Applications are invited for the above Co-funded Doctoral Scholarship.

Contact:

For full project details please contact Dr. Catherine Dalton (catherine.dalton@mic.ul.ie).