We host over 40 international doctoral students to undertake primary research related to the many facets of environmental change.

About the DPhil

Our DPhil programme is a 3-year full-time research degree and a core and integral part of the ECI. Students undertake a range of interdisciplinary and international projects which span the ECI's research interests. Find out more about the programme, how to find a supervisor and possible funding opportunities.

How to apply

The ECI's doctoral students are admitted to the DPhil in the School of Geography and the Environment and become affiliated to the ECI through supervision or work on one of ECI's funded projects. Explore their webpages for details on how to apply.

Completed DPhils

Over 60 doctoral students have completed DPhils with the ECI since the 1990s and gone on to exciting and varied careers across the world. Explore the past students and get some insights into the varied opportunities that exist for research students.

Current doctoral students

Rodrigo Arce

Certified forest industry diversification in the Bolivian Northern Amazon: escaping the staple trap in the forest carbon era

Supervisor: Dr Constance McDermott

Festus Asaaga

Smallholder agriculture and ecosystem degradation in rural Africa: empirical analysis of farmers' land use decisions

Supervisors: Prof. Yadvinder Malhi; Dr Mark Hirons

Meghan Bailey

Robust adaptation planning and decision-making: a comparative study of subsistence-oriented communities in the Indo-Gangetic Plain and West Africa

Supervisor: Prof. Yadvinder Malhi

Aoife Bennett

The political ecology of oil palm, people and forest conservation: searching for a balanced approach to development in the Peruvian Amazon

Supervisors: Prof. Yadvinder Malhi; Dr Constance McDermott; Dr Peter Cronkleton (CIFOR)

Laura Brinker

Energy decisions and governance: implications of retail market design for decentralized energy resources

Supervisor: Prof. Nick Eyre; Dr Matthew Lockwood (University of Exeter)

Iliana Cardenes Trujillo

Saving energy and saving water: a comparative study in policy and regulation

Supervisors: Prof. Nick Eyre; Prof. Jim Hall

Anabelle Cardoso

What controls vegetation dynamics in a Central African forest-savanna mosaic: fire or mega-fauna?

Supervisor: Prof. Yadvinder Malhi

Robert Carlsson

Understanding the economic role of national infrastructure systems

Supervisor: Prof. Jim Hall

Abrar Chaudhury

Financial and institutional design of climate change adaptation

Supervisor: Dr Tom Thornton; Dr Marc Ventresca (SSB)

Claudia Comberti

Adaptation to environmental change in Amazonian Indigenous communities: the role of human-ecosystem interactions in supporting positive change

Supervisors: Prof. Yadvinder Malhi; Dr Tom Thornton; Dr Richard Grenyer

Franziska Gaupp

The global impact of droughts on agricultural production

Supervisors: Dr Simon Dadson; Prof. Jim Hall

Gonzalo Griebenow

Land use, forest elephants and REDD+. A case study in Bia and Kakum Conservation Areas

Supervisor: Prof. Yadvinder Malhi

Agne Gvozdevaite

Functional diversity of tropical rainforests and their sensitivity to environmental change

Supervisors: Prof. Yadvinder Malhi; Dr Imma Oliveras

Dina Hestad

Transformational capacity: investigating organisations ability to foster social transformation towards sustainability

Supervisors: Dr Tom Thornton; Patrick Pringle

Xi (Sisi) Hu

China's evolving vulnerability to climate change impacts: a spatial analysis of its infrastructure system

Supervisor: Prof. Jim Hall

Takeshi Inagawa

Nutrient cycling in altered tropical forest ecosystems of Malaysian Borneo

Supervisors: Prof. Yadvinder Malhi; Dr Terhi Riutta

Toby Jackson

Wind damage and the mechanical strength of trees. Why are trees in Borneo so tall?

Supervisors: Prof. Yadvinder Malhi; Dr Alexander Shenkin; Dr Lisa Patrick Bentley

Ashley Kingsborough

Climate change risk assessment, Decision making and the development of adaptation pathways

Supervisor: Prof. Jim Hall

Toru Kubo

Technology innovation and policy instruments to advance low-carbon transport in developing Asian economies

Supervisors: Prof. David Banister; Dr Christian Brand

Jae-Young Lee

The role of water quality in regional water resources assessment

Supervisors: Prof. Paul Whitehead; Prof. Jim Hall

Xiawei Liao

Identifying and understanding changes in water-energy linkage for China

Supervisors: Prof. Nick Eyre; Prof. Jim Hall

Yingqi Liu

Residential Demand Response (DR) in the UK: the potential in low carbon energy transformation, social implication and interaction with energy efficiency

Supervisors: Dr Sarah Darby; Prof. Nick Eyre

Qiong Lu

Global and local issues of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs): processed based modelling in river basins

Supervisor: Prof. Paul Whitehead

Ewan Macdonald

How can we maximise the contribution of carbon finance mechanisms to deliver biodiversity co-benefits to species and ecosystem conservation?

Supervisor: Prof. Yadvinder Malhi

Scott MacDonald

An international comparison of voluntary green electricity tariffs

Supervisor: Prof. Nick Eyre

Christine Moore

Understanding social-ecological resilience in a cocoa producing region: a study of Ghana's Kakum Region

Supervisor: Prof. Yadvinder Malhi

Kiron Neale

Beyond implementation: mainstreaming solar energy into Trinidad's residential sector

Supervisors: Dr Chris Jardine; Prof. Nick Eyre

Sarah O'Keefe

Climate Scenarios for Water Security in Developing Regions

Supervisors: Dr Simon Dadson; Dr Friederike Otto

Brice Perombelon

Geopolitical Arctic(s). Indigenous representations of geo-power: the case of the Sahtu Denes

Supervisors: Dr Tom Thornton; Dr Richard Powell

Nicolas Raab

Modelling tree carbon allocation, gas and energy exchange in the Amazon through functional structural models

Supervisor: Prof. Yadvinder Malhi

Jose Ramirez Mendiola

The pathway to a sustainable energy infrastructure system

Supervisors: Prof. Nick Eyre; Prof. Jim Hall

Ruksana Rimi

Climate change and high-impact weather events: implications for water resource and agriculture in Bangladesh

Supervisor: Prof. Myles Allen

June Rubis

(Re)imagining forest conservation landscapes and development pathways: indigenous strategies in Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo

Supervisor: Prof. Yadvinder Malhi

Kevin Wheeler

Cooperation or conflict in trans-boundary rivers with the emergence of climate variability: a case study of the Nile River

Supervisor: Prof. Jim Hall

Victoria Wyllie de Echeverria

Linking interactions between cultural and biological diversity on the Pacific coast of North America in the face of climate change

Supervisor: Dr Tom Thornton

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