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

Daniel Adshead

Infrastructure for sustainable development

Supervisor: Prof. Jim Hall

Changsoon Choi

Climate-smart green infrastructure

Supervisors: Dr Pam Berry; Alison Smith

Tina Christmann

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

Supervisors: Prof. Yadvinder Malhi; Dr Imma Oliveras

Joshua Ettinger

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

Supervisors: Dr Pete Walton; Dr 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

Supervisor: Prof. Jim Hall

Trisha Gopalakrishna

Trade-offs between carbon, biodiversity and water on restoration of Indian tropical forests

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

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

Ohis Ilalokhoin

Resilience Assessment of Complex Infrastructure Networks - a system-of-systems approach to rail networks at national scale

Supervisors: Prof. Jim Hall; Dr Raghav Pant

Jae-Young Lee

The role of water quality in regional water resources assessment

Supervisors: Prof. Paul Whitehead; Prof. Jim Hall

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

Samuel Miller McDonald

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

Supervisors: Prof. Nick Eyre; Dr Aoife Brophy Haney

Sarah O'Keefe

Climate Scenarios for Water Security in Developing Regions

Supervisors: Prof. Simon Dadson; Dr Friederike Otto

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

Gender dynamics and land use change amongst smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa

Supervisors: Prof. Yadvinder Malhi; Dr Constance McDermott

Joseph Poore

The extent of abandoned agricultural land and its conservation potential

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

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)

Simona Sulikova

An exploration of impacts and attitudes towards active transport modes of walking and cycling and how to change them.

Supervisors: Dr Christian Brand; Dr Linus Mattauch

Vance Z H Tan

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

Supervisor: Prof. Jim Hall

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

Ella Walsh

Late Quaternary hydrological change from valley fill complexes in Namibia

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

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

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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