Re-wetted land use capability assessment for NW England (ReLUCA).

Get paid to do a Masters with the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation at Lancaster University (The Sunday Times' University of the Year 2018), Cumbria Wildlife Trust and the Environment Agency.

1 Year Enterprise-led Funded Masters by Research, Ref. No.10

  • Get paid £15,000 tax-free
  • Have you tuition fees reduced. Your partner company pays £2,000 towards your fees, meaning UK/EU students pay £2,260, and International students pay £15,945.
  • Be part of the multi award winning Centre for Global Eco-Innovation with a cohort of 50 talented graduates working on exciting business-led R&D.
  • The Centre is based at Lancaster University, so you will gain your Masters from a Top Ten University, recognised as The Sunday Times University of the Year 2018.
  • Finish in a strong position to enter a competitive job market in the UK and overseas.

The Project

The use of land in low-lying rural areas along the coastline of NW England has historically depended on artificial drainage systems and the use of publically funded water pumping stations to manage water levels. This practice has enabled these landscapes to be developed and used for farming. Nevertheless, there are other impacts to consider including increased CO2 emissions, loss of soil, nutrients and wildlife habitats, alongside the financial costs of operating and maintaining pumping stations and drainage channels. Recently, policy makers have suggested that water pumping should cease altogether, or at least be reduced in some of these areas in the future.

This one-year Masters by Research project will investigate how potential changes in water management regimes could alter the mix of ecosystem services (ES) in two study areas – the Alt-Crossens catchment area (Merseyside) and the Lyth Valley (Cumbria). The successful applicant will work alongside the Environment Agency and Cumbria Wildlife Trust throughout the project, whilst gaining a Masters degree from Lancaster University.

Applicants should have a minimum of an upper-second class BSc in geography, environmental science, biology, ecology or a related discipline. In addition, applicants will need to demonstrate experience and technical competence in GIS and ideally should have a strong interest in land and water management.

Enterprise and collaborative partners

This Masters by Research is a collaborative research project between Lancaster University (with supervision from Dr Nigel Watson and Dr Duncan Whyatt), Cumbria Wildlife Trust and the Environment Agency.

Cumbria Wildlife Trust is supported by thousands of members and campaigns for the protection of endangered habitats and species such as limestone pavements and red squirrels. The Environment Agency’s purpose is to protect and enhance the environment and promote the achievement of sustainable development.

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This project is part funded by the European Regional development Fund and is subject to confirmation of funding. For further information about the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation, please see our website.

Deadline and Start Date

Deadline: 9th September 2018

Start dates of October 18 or January 19 available