SCDTP Studentship - Ecological consequences of marine wildlife crime
University of Southampton, Sociology Social Policy & Criminology
United Kingdom

SCDTP Studentship - Ecological consequences of marine wildlife crime

Sociology Social Policy & Criminology

Location: Highfield Campus

Salary: £14777

(18/19 UKRI rate)

Closing Date: Thursday 24 January 2019

Reference: 1080818CC

Ecological consequences of marine wildlife crime

A fully funded studentship awarded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership (SCDTP) commencing in 2019/20 Academic Year.


Supervisory Team:

Dr Michelle Newberry ( & Professor Martin Solan (Ocean and Earth Science), UoS

This PhD studentship offers a unique opportunity to work with an interdisciplinary team from Criminology and Ocean and Earth Science, part of the world-leading National Oceanography Centre in Southampton. The research will characterise the ecological traits of marine wildlife seized by Border Police at airports/ports in the UK and Indonesia and to establish patterns of human activity within protected marine areas. Innovative spatial profiling techniques will be applied to wildlife crime data to predict where crimes will take place, and the motivations of convicted wildlife crime perpetrators will be examined.


Skills Required

Spatial profiling training to predict wildlife crime (the developer has agreed to provide this); multidisciplinary teamwork (for communicating with Border Police at airports/ports); data management and statistical analysis (SPSS training) for analysing airport/port seizure data; designing psychometric tools to assess perpetrator motivations (training will be provided by the Lead supervisor who is a Chartered Psychologist/experienced working with offenders); risk assessment (for fieldwork in the UK and abroad); and how to translate research from science to policy to inform practice (e.g. wildlife crime enforcement initiatives (Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology; POST training).



South Coast DTP Funding provides an annual maintenance grant (tax free) of £14777 (2018/19 UKRI rate), plus payment of all programme fees. Other funding available for SCDTP funded students can be found on the SCDTP website (

Funding is provided for 3 years full-time PhD study (pro-rata for part-time students). Applications for 1+3 funding for students completing a Master's year prior to the commencement of PhD study are also welcome (details available at


Application Procedure

The closing date and time for applications is 11.59pm on 24th January 2019. The full application procedure, the funding application form, and more information on the South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership can be found at:

For further information about this project, please contact the lead supervisor detailed above. For questions relating to the application procedure, or for more information about the SCDTP, please visit the SCDTP website or contact us at

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