We are always keen to hear from potential PhD students, post-doctoral researchers or visiting academics who would like to come and work with our research group at Stirling, particularly if you have already secured your own funding.

To get in touch, please either view the advertised opportunities below, or explore the team pages linked below and contact the person who you would like to work with directly.

Professor Richard Quilliam
Dr David Oliver
Dr Heather Price
Dr Jennifer Dickie
Dr Tony Robertson


Current Funded Opportunities

As part of the IAPETUS2 Doctoral Training Programme (DTP), there are a number of PhD projects available to work with members of the ESHH team, based either in Stirling or at one of our UK-partner Universities in the IAPETUS DTP. This is a competitive PhD scheme where projects are put forward for students to apply for. The supervisory team then will nominate one student per project to go forward to the next round of selection, where the IAPETUS recruitment team will shortlist the best students/projects to go forward for interview. Applications are open to UK (and EU nationals in the UK settlement scheme) as well as non-UK applicants from the rest of the world (although there is a limit on the number of studentships that can be offered to non-UK applicants). You can see the financial support available, eligibility and requirements and training details here.

The application deadline is January 7th 2022 at 17:00. By this deadline applicants must have filled in the IAPETUS online application from following instructions here. The application form requires students to write several sections of text about their interest in the PhD and their suitability for PhD research. Applicants are strongly advised to make contact with the named supervisor by email well before the deadline to discuss their application. After making the application, candidates will be shortlisted for the next stage of the IAPETUS DTP selection process. You can see a full list of the ESHH projects below.


Based at the University of Stirling

IAP2-21-211: ‘Manure trading’: a novel socio-economic lever to promote effective diffuse pollution management in agricultural catchments? (David Oliver and Richard Quilliam)

IAP2-21-241: Using remote sensing and machine learning to explore the spatial patterning of poverty and inequality (Tony Robertson)

IAP2-21-305: Wood burning in Scottish homes: air pollution, behaviour changes and health (Heather Price)

IAP2-21-309: Understanding the dynamics of root symbioses to improve the environmental management of an invasive species (Richard Quilliam)

IAP2-21-356: Using sensors, satellites and artificial intelligence to improve catchment-scale modelling and nowcasting of microbial risks to water quality (Richard Quilliam and David Oliver)

IAP2-21-366: Developing a decision support tool for Atlantic salmon management (David Oliver)

IAP2-21-373: Exploring the role of carbon capture and storage technologies: integrating geoscience and society to identify effective pathways to delivering a fair and equitable net-zero carbon future (Jennifer Dickie)


Based at the University of Glasgow

IAP2-21-221: The impact of light pollution on ecosystem services and human well-being (David Oliver)

Based at the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

IAP2-21-396: Air quality and greenhouse gases: Perceptions and Measurements in rural dwellings and schools (Heather Price)

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