Cities, politics, infrastructures

Qualifications Duration Start dates Application period
Full time: 3–4 years
Part time: 6–8 years
October and February November to April Mid-Jan for funded PhDs
PhD (MPhil also available)
Full time: 3–4 years
Part time: 6–8 years
Start dates
February and October
Application period
January to April

What makes a progressive sense of place? Who and what, exactly, are cities open to in the present political conjuncture? These are the kind of questions motivating this research area concerned with rethinking the many struggles, conflicts and coexistences shaping everyday urban life. Exploring the changing configurations of space, power and politics, our research includes work on the remaking of health and the local state, urban politics, infrastructures, identities, disability justice and the possibilities of designing cities and the built environment differently.

Much of our research works closely with local government, NHS, third sector organisations and activists, often adopting creative and participatory approaches to open up geographical research to wider publics and constituencies.

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree (or equivalent). If you are not a UK citizen, you may need to prove your knowledge of English.

Potential research projects

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

Current/recent research projects

Potential supervisors

Fees and funding

UK fee International fee
Full time: £4,786 per year Full time: £12,146 per year
Part time: £2,393 per year Part time: £6,073 per year

Some of our research students are funded via The Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership; others are self-funded.

For detailed information about fees and funding, visit Fees and studentships.

To see current funded studentship vacancies across all research areas, see Current studentships.


Large outside market

How to apply

Get in touch

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

Andrea Yorke
Email: FASS-Geog-PG-Admissions
Phone: +44 (0)1908 654456

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If you’re interested in applying for this research topic, please take a look at the application process.