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

Daniel Adshead

Water security and poverty: interactions and tipping points, assessing linkages between water risks and economic growth with a focus on coastal areas of Bangladesh

Supervisor: Prof. Jim Hall

Rodrigo Arce

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

Supervisor: Dr Constance McDermott

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)

Vanessa Burns

Oceanic assembleges: conceputalising El Nino Southern Oscillation as a more than human oceanography

Supervisor: Dr Tom Thornton

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

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; Dr Tim Schwanen

Agne Gvozdevaite

Functional diversity of tropical rainforests and their sensitivity to environmental change

Supervisors: Prof. Yadvinder Malhi; Dr Imma Oliveras

Logan Hamilton

Transfer of Status: Political Decentralisation as a Driver of Change in Indonesian Village Level Forest Governance

Supervisors: Dr Tom Thornton; Dr Constance McDermott

Samuel Hampton

Understanding energy demand: energy using practices and energy services

Supervisors: Dr Sarah Darby; Dr Tina Fawcett; Prof. Nick Eyre

Dina Hestad

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

Supervisors: Dr Tom Thornton; Patrick Pringle; Dr J. Tabara (Autonomous University of Barcelona)

Jiashun Huang

Infrastructure and the Economy

Supervisor: Prof. Jim Hall; Professor Doyne Farmer (INET)

Takeshi Inagawa

Nutrient dynamics of Bornean tropical forests

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

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

Scott MacDonald

An international comparison of voluntary green electricity tariffs

Supervisor: Prof. Nick Eyre

Nadezhda Mamontova

Spatial Knowledge, Language, and Adaptation to the Landscape among the Ewenki of Central and Northeastern Siberia

Supervisor: Dr Tom Thornton

Samuel Miller McDonald

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

Supervisors: Prof. Nick Eyre; Dr Aoife Haney

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 Residential Solar Energy in Trinidad

Supervisors: Dr Chris Jardine; Prof. Nick Eyre

Sarah O'Keefe

Climate Scenarios for Water Security in Developing Regions

Supervisors: Prof. Simon Dadson; Dr Friederike Otto

Joseph Poore

The global extent of abandoned agricultural land and its conservation potential

Supervisors: Prof. Yadvinder Malhi; Dr Richard Grenyer; EJ Milner-Gulland (Zoology)

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

Supervisors: Prof. Myles Allen; Dr Karsten Haustein; Dr Emily Barbour

June Rubis

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

Supervisor: Prof. Yadvinder Malhi

Bernard Soubry

Climate Resilience on Maritime Farms: Exploring adaptation options for small-scale agriculture and food systems in Eastern Canada

Supervisor: Dr Tom Thornton; Dr Kate Sherren (Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada)

Lisa Thalheimer

Climate induced human mobility: the impact of floods on migration and climate policies in developing countries

Supervisor: Dr Friederike Otto; Prof Mathias Czaika, International Migration Institute

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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