PhD Opportunity (Political Ecology)

Temple University
Philadelphia, PA, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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The Department of Geography and Urban Studies at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is accepting applications for a four-year assistantship in political ecology for the pursuit of a doctoral degree. The assistantship provides a stipend plus tuition remission. For more information on conditions of employment please see our financial support website.

The successful applicant will work with Dr. Kimberley Thomas and will be involved in political ecology projects focused on climate change adaptation, water governance, and international development in South and Southeast Asia.

Qualified candidates should have a Master’s degree in Geography, Environmental Studies, Anthropology, or a related discipline. Candidates should have a strong interest in the social, political, and economic dimensions of environmental issues and be eager to work in a multi-disciplinary environment. Experience in qualitative and quantitative methods, data analysis, data management, and geographic information systems (GIS) are desired. Strong oral and written communication skills are required.

The doctoral program focuses on geographic approaches to the study of social and environmental processes and conditions in US and international settings. Our faculty share an emphasis on the themes of sustainability, social justice, and geographical methods. We train our students to conduct theoretically-informed and empirically-grounded research in diverse settings, understand interdisciplinary and integrative analyses of complex socio-ecological processes and problems, and specialize in techniques for spatial analysis with an emphasis on GIS, spatial statistics, and qualitative methods. The program serves full-time students only.

Applicants should submit application materials to the program no later than January 15, 2019. 

For more information about this assistantship, please contact Dr. Kimberley Thomas ( and Dr. Hamil Pearsall ( Please include a copy of your CV, unofficial academic transcripts, and a brief personal statement that highlights skills relevant to the position.

For more information about the department, please see To apply, please see: Temple University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and the University especially encourages applications from women and minorities.