Human Geography PhD Opportunities

Aberystwyth’s Department of Geography and Earth Sciences (DGES) is a key member of the Economic and Social Research Council's (ESRC) Wales Doctoral Training Partnership along with the geography departments at Cardiff and Swansea University. This formal accreditation of our research calibre and training provision grants us access to ESRC PhD and research fellowship funding, entry into national ESRC training events and additional support for our PhD cohort, including internship links and technical expertise. 

If you are interested in applying for any of the PhD opportunities below, please contact the relevant supervisor. If you are interested in discussing possible PhD topics with staff, please contact us.


Cultural and Historical Geography

Geographies of Education

Primary Supervisor - Dr Elizabeth Gagen

  • Governance, Citizenship and Youth
  • Historical Geographies of Childhood and Youth
  • Psychospatial Histories
  • Gender and Embodiment
  • Play and Recreation

Primary Supervisor - Dr Gareth Hoskins

  • Geographies of Memory
  • Memory and Material Culture
  • Environmental History
  • Mining Heritage
  • Human Geographies of Weather
  • Historical Geographies of the Cosmos

Primary Supervisor - Professor Peter Merriman 

  • Mobility
  • Cultural and Historical Geography
  • History and Philosophies of Geography
  • Theories of Space and Spatiality
  • Twentieth Century Britain
  • Welsh Nationalism in the 20th Century

Primary Supervisor - Dr Mitch Rose

  • Cultural Landscape
  • Cultural and Political Theory
  • Politics and Culture of the Middle East



New Political Geographies

Primary Supervisor - Dr Jesse Heley

  • Rural community change
  • Rural localities and globalisation
  • Performance, regional consciousness and identity
  • The politics of class

Primary Supervisor - Professor Rhys Jones

  • Place, Politics and language
  • Geographies of Nationalism
  • Geographies of the State
  • Behavioural Insights and Citizenship

Primary Supervisor - Dr Rhys Dafydd Jones

  • Rural migration and diversity
  • Multiculturalism, migration, and minority nations
  • Lifestyle migration and lifestyle staying
  • Participation and civil society
  • Secularism, post-secularism, and faith

Primary Supervisor - Professor Mark Whitehead

  • Environmental Behaviour Change
  • Urban Climate Change 
  • Sustainability and Resilience
  • Digital culture and surveillance

Primary Supervisor - Professor Mike Woods

  • Small Town Global Engagement, 1860-1960
  • Citizenship, Participation and Local Governance
  • Globalization and Rural Localities
  • Rural Social Movements and Protest
  • Local and Regional Politics