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Culture and environmental change in the Anthropocene

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This research group draws together members of the OpenSpace Research Centre who have interests in the relations between global processes of environmental, cultural and political change. Our research areas include, but are not restricted to: the links between society, culture and environment; representation of the environment; biosecurities, geographies of the Anthropocene; informal and diverse economies; alternative food networks; sustainable consumption; media/culture and the environment; and contemporary environmental history and politics.

Existing projects in this field include the research, broadcast and online participation project Creative Climate; an action research project on media decision-making regarding environmental issues (since 1996); and the Mediating Change bundle of events, podcasts and publications. New projects include the AHRC funded Stories of Change and Earth in Vision projects; and work on the relationship between sacred sites and sustainable forestry. Other work explores environmental change, landscape and sound.

Qualifications available:

PhD and MPhil


For detailed information on current fees visit Fees and funding.

Entry requirements:

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent)

Potential research projects

Applications are welcome to study any topic that resonates with the concerns of the OpenSpace Research Centre or Geography research discipline more broadly.

Current/recent research projects

Further information

If you have an enquiry specific to this research area please contact:

Andrea Yorke
+44 (0)1908 654456

For general enquiries please contact the Research Degrees Team via the link under 'Your Questions' on the right of the page.