This opportunity forms part of a three-year interdisciplinary research project: Voices of the Future: Collaborating with children and young people to re-imagine treescapes. Funded through NERC’s (Natural Environment Research Council) Future of UK Treescapes programme, this innovative project aims to integrate children and young people’s knowledge, experiences, and hopes with scientific knowledge of how trees adapt to and mitigate climate change in order to co-produce new approaches to creating and caring for resilient treescapes that benefit the environment and society.
The PhD focuses on the role of intergenerational knowledge transfer in mediating migrant-background young people’s relations with/in the natural environment. It will produce new knowledge about the role of the natural environment in migrant integration and belonging, and how this is shaped by intergenerational and transnational knowledge and experience. It will additionally contribute to emerging research that challenges the white, Western bias in studies of the natural environment, and open up new avenues for supporting mutually beneficial relations between migrant-background communities and the UK’s natural environment. The student will have the opportunity to develop an innovative intergenerational research approach, with a focus on co-producing knowledge with young people and their families.
The project provides an exciting opportunity to join a large, interdisciplinary, cross-sector team collaborating with children and young people to imagine and co-produce resilient treescapes that benefit the environment and society. The PhD student will have the opportunity to benefit from and contribute to wider project activities, and to work with an interdisciplinary team of supervisors with expertise in participatory research/co-production, youth studies, migration studies, and environment and place.
To apply and to read more, please visit https://www.mmu.ac.uk/research/research-study/scholarships/detail/artshums-cn-2021-treescapes.php.
Contact Caitlin Nunn (C.Nunn@mmu.ac.uk) for further details.