Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford

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

Olivia Becher

Stress testing large-scale water system resilience: a multi-risk framework for guiding adaptation

Supervisors: Prof. Jim Hall; Dr Raghav Pant

Andrea Byfuglien

A behavioural perspective on decisions around land use: on social influence, risk, and collective action

Supervisors: Dr Mark Hirons; Dr Stefania Innocenti

Changsoon Choi

Climate-smart green infrastructure

Supervisors: Dr Pam Berry; Alison Smith

Nicholas Chow

Fostering Effective Climate Change Governance to Enable Resilient Infrastructure Service Provision

Supervisor: Prof. Jim Hall

Tina Christmann

Remote sensing to assess ecosystem change and restoration in tropical mountain ecosystems

Supervisors: Prof. Yadvinder Malhi; Dr Imma Oliveras

Kerry Constabile

Urban 100% Renewable Energy Pathways: Assessing the drivers that shift grids from Brown to Green

Supervisor: Prof. Nick Eyre

Joshua Ettinger

Extreme Weather Events as Teachable Moments: Examining the Role of Attribution Science in Building Support for Climate Action

Supervisors: Dr Pete Walton; Prof. Friederike Otto; Dr James Painter

Bill Finnegan

Education in the climate emergency: Smart grids, digital storytelling and the quest for net-zero schools in the UK

Supervisors: Dr Sarah Darby; Dr Tina Fawcett

Lena I. Fuldauer

Climate-resilient system transitions to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals

Supervisor: Prof. Jim Hall

Sarah Gall

Exploring land-use trade-offs in a rapidly changing economic and policy environment

Supervisors: Prof. Jim Hall; Prof. Michael Obersteiner

Trisha Gopalakrishna

Forest Restoration in India: Opportunities and Realities

Supervisor: Prof. Yadvinder Malhi

Carolina Gueiros

Forest Governance in the Brazilian Amazon: Policy Change and Innovation to Curb Deforestation

Supervisors: Dr Tom Thornton; Dr Constance McDermott

Wenbo Guo

Mobility, subjective well-being and health in transitional China: towards socially sustainable cities

Supervisors: Dr Christian Brand; Prof. Tim Schwanen

Robyn Haggis

Nature-based solutions to sustainable infrastructure development for the achievement of the global agendas of the SDGs and Paris Agreement

Supervisor: Prof. Jim Hall; Professor Nathalie Seddon

Victoria Maguire-Rajpaul

Understanding West African cocoa smallholders' adaption to drought: assessing interactions between institutions, poverty and resilience

Supervisors: Prof. Yadvinder Malhi; Dr Constance McDermott; Dr Mark Hirons

Diana Mastracci

How can information communication technology (ICT) assist Inupiaq hunters to respond/adapt to rapid climate change? Barrow, Alaska a case study

Supervisor: Dr Tom Thornton

Anca Mihalache

Time-varying electricity tariffs policy design: an integrated approach

Supervisors: Dr Sarah Darby; Prof. Nick Eyre

Samuel Miller McDonald

Egalitarian Energy: Challenges to Neoliberal Discourse in Distributed Community Energy Programs

Supervisors: Prof. Nick Eyre; Dr Aoife Brophy

Amelia Paszkowski

The Ganges-Brahmaputra river delta: a study into the adaptability of the delta system to flood risk in a changing climate

Supervisor: Prof. Jim Hall

Laura Picot

Food crops and the role of farmers' gender and intersectional identities in shaping climate resilience in Ghana

Supervisors: Prof. Yadvinder Malhi; Dr Constance McDermott

Carter Powis

A multi-disciplinary analysis of the role of transient negative emissions in achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement

Supervisors: Prof. Cameron Hepburn; Dr Steve Smith

Carlota Segura Garcia

Characterising the fire regimes of the Brazilian savannas under large-scale land-use expansion and climate change

Supervisor: Dr Imma Oliveras

Rupert Stuart-Smith

Attribution science in the courts: establishing the liability of greenhouse gas emitters for climate change damages

Supervisors: Prof. Cameron Hepburn; Prof. Friederike Otto; Dr Carl-Friedrich Schleussner (Climate Analytics)

Vance Z H Tan

Strategic assessment of long-term plans for adaptation to flood risk at a national scale

Supervisor: Prof. Jim Hall

Jasper Verschuur

Vulnerability and resilience of global port infrastructure and dependent supply-chains to natural disasters

Supervisor: Prof. Jim Hall; Dr Elco Koks (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)

Ella Walsh

Late Quaternary hydrological change from valley fill complexes in Namibia

Supervisors: Prof. David S.G. Thomas; Dr Sallie Burrough

Huanyuan Zhang

Calculate tropical NPP by upscaling empirical findings from plot-level forest inventory to a larger scale

Supervisors: Prof. Yadvinder Malhi; Dr Imma Oliveras; Professor Iain Colin Prentice (Imperial College London)

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