Deadline: January 31, 2012
In many artisanal fishing communities in Europe, fishing is a deeply embedded tradition
important for the livelihoods of fishers, but also indirectly to the tourism industry in coastal areas by creating a particular sense of place based on fishing heritage. With fishing declining in many areas due to problems with key stocks and associated policies to reduce fishing effort, fishing communities face an uncertain future.
As part of the Interreg 4a 2 Seas project GIFS (Geography of Inshore Fishing and Sustainability), this PhD explores the role of marine fishing in the creation of place identity and sustainable communities in case studies in England, France, Belgium and the Netherlands. Specific emphasis is on the interrelationship of fishing and tourism. The research will consider how conceptual approaches, such as the community capital approach, actor network theory, rural development in agriculture etc., can be usefully deployed in an applied context that is relevant to stakeholders and policy making. Case studies could potentially draw on examples from the Axis 4 FLAG
(Fisheries Local Action Group) projects.
• 1st Class or Upper 2nd class Honours Bachelors Degree or Masters degree (UK or UK
equivalent) in a relevant discipline
• For those whose first language is not English or if from a country where English is not
the first language , a language proficiency score of at least IELTS 6.5 (in all elements of
the test) or TOEFL 100 ibt (600 pbt) unless the degree above was taught in English and
obtained in a majority English speaking country, e.g. UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand,
* Fluency in French and/or Dutch. D
• Ability to travel for fieldwork/project meetings in England, France, Belgium,
• Full drivers licence
Telephone: 0208 331 9751
Making an application:
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