26 October

PhD and MA Opportunities in Oil-Tourism Tensions and Relationships in the North Atlantic

Four Graduate Student Positions (2 MA and 2 PhD) are being recruited for Fall 2016 to assist with the project, The Oil-Tourism Interface and Social-Ecological Change in the North Atlantic. This research adopts an international comparative approach to studying the connections and tensions between offshore oil and nature-oriented tourism as pathways for social-ecological development at sites across the North Atlantic: Newfoundland and Labrador, Scotland, Norway, Denmark and Iceland. This research will help us understand how the “oil-tourism interface” is shaped through the interaction of governments, the oil industry, the tourism industry, social movements, and the media. The results will have both academic significance and policy relevance for the social-environmental sustainability of coastal communities.

These funded positions will be held in the Department of Sociology at Memorial University, St. John’s, NL, Canada, and will be supervised by Dr. Mark CJ Stoddart. The two PhD positions are supported by stipends of $38,520.83 over four years, with additional baseline funding from the School of Graduate Studies at Memorial University ($10,750 per year). The two MA positions are supported by stipends of $15,500.00 over two years, with additional baseline funding from the School of Graduate Studies at Memorial University ($6,850 per year).

Students with interests in the areas of environmental sociology, social movements, and rural sociology are particularly encouraged to apply. PhD applicants are also encouraged to participate in the Pan-Arctic Extractive Industries PhD Programme: https://arcticextractiveindustries.wordpress.com/course-programme/Dr. Mark StoddartPlease direct inquiries about this project to Dr. Mark Stoddart.