Newcastle University and Cittaslow UK are delighted to announce an exciting new research opportunity.


Newcastle University and slow-town champions, Cittaslow UK, have been successful in obtaining highly sought-after sponsorship for a groundbreaking research collaboration through the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC).


Renowned for enhancing quality of life in member towns through actively promoting an agenda of sustainable living and co-operative community involvement, Cittaslow UK is thrilled to announce this collaborative doctoral award (PhD).


The award will train and support a doctoral student to work in close collaboration with Cittaslow to produce a thesis that contributes local voices, evidence and experience to debates and dilemmas that have wider significance to the future sustainability and resilience of our towns and communities. The work will be supervised by Dr Helen Jarvis, Reader in Social Geography at Newcastle University, and Ms Georgia Giannopoulou, Architect and Urban Designer.


The doctoral student will deliver the thesis over three years, working closely with two Cittaslow UK member towns and on four specific projects or activities. The work will build on already good relations between Cittaslow member towns and academics at Newcastle University and elsewhere.


Dr Helen Jarvis commented, “This collaborative doctoral award offers a really constructive balance between the local commitment and drive of Cittaslow member towns seeking to change things in their communities on the ground and the training and wider critical scrutiny of the doctoral scholar. From this work we hope to learn and share relevant ways to improve the sustainability and resilience of our towns and communities in the future.”


Liz Jones, Chairperson of Cittaslow added, “We are delighted to be involved in this doctoral award, especially as competition is stiff with so few offered each year. Cittaslow UK hope that this academic research will provide us with rigorous evidence-based answers as to why some trends in social cohesion are successful and others are not.”


The AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Awards are intended to encourage and develop collaboration and partnerships between Higher Education Institution (HEI) departments and non-academic organisations and businesses.


The closing date for applications is Friday 6th July. Interviews will take place late July 2012.

The full advert for this position is posted on the Cittaslow website here:



For further information about applying, please contact:

Dr Helen Jarvis

Reader in Social Geography

School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

Newcastle University

Newcastle upon Tyne


+44 (0)191 222 6959

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