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Planning and Environmental Management

PhD students in the Arthur Lewis building

Current PhD students

Find out more about the interests and experiences of our current PhD students.

Recent topics

Our research students receive funding from a wide range of sources including the Economic and Social Research Council, Engineering and Physical Science Council, China Scholarship Council, Ford Foundation, other international government and bodies funding, as well as The University of Manchester's own studentships.  

Some of the recent examples of the ESRC funded collaborative doctoral studentship topics include:

  • Alternative models and future scenarios of sustainable spatial rebalancing for Northern England, with IPPR North
  • Re-using brownfield land in a context of weak property market conditions and dwindling public resources: the role of 'meanwhile land', with MERCi
  • The role of the private sector in heritage-led regeneration in England, with Urban Splash
  • The role that social housing providers can play in creating healthy places, with Trafford Housing Trust
  • Can Rewilding Work for Everyone? Targeted Rewilding to Enhance Ecosystem Service Delivery in the English Uplands, with Moors for the Future Partnership

We provide excellent doctoral research training on research methodology and substantive content. Based on an individual skills audit, research students may take course units on planning theory, research design process, quantitative and qualitative methodologies, together with course units that support their specific research specialism that are chosen from the suite of graduate programme course units available within Planning and Environmental Management.

Our students are proactive in interdisciplinary forum where PhD students share their work, and hosting their own PhD seminar series as well as participating in our own academic seminars.