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Cambridge ESRC DTP Knowledge Exchange Studentship 2022: Tourism, conservation and sustainability: supporting policy development for the post-covid recovery and economic reorientation of the Galápagos Islands

The University of Cambridge ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership [DTP], in collaboration with The Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galápagos Islands (CDF), offers a three-year studentship available for admission in October 2022 in the Department of Geography. The project will be co-supervised by Dr Chris Sandbrook (Department of Geography) and Dr. María José Barragán P. (Science Director, CDF). The student will spend at least a full year conducting fieldwork in the Galápagos.

Project description:

Prior to the covid-19 pandemic Galápagos hosted a booming tourism industry, generating employment in Galápagos but also driving human population growth, overwhelming social services and introducing invasive species. The collapse of tourism caused by Covid-19 has highlighted the fragility of the islands' socioeconomic system. In this context, the governing bodies of Galápagos wish to explore a more integrated economic model in which tourism is one component. The studentship will have two broad objectives: (1) To investigate alternative post-covid tourism models for Galápagos, and their potential for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. (2) To investigate the science-policy interface in Galápagos, using the life-cycle of the tourism policy project as a case study. These objectives will be addressed through mixed methods social research taking place in Galápagos and mainland Ecuador. The student will work within the newly established Galapagos Hub for Sustainability, Innovation and Resilience (Galapagos Hub) under its policy advisory mechanism (GAP-REVISO), which is intended to support evidence-informed policy-making.

The studentship is available to both Home and International applicants who demonstrate the required academic potential. An ESRC DTP studentship will cover fees at the Home rate, living costs and funding for research expenses. International applicants are encouraged to apply for additional sources of funding to meet the difference between home fees (covered by the ESRC studentship) and international fees.

Find out more: Cambridge ESRC DTP Department of Geography Charles Darwin Foundation

Please address any questions to Dr Chris Sandbrook (

Applications should be made using the Postgraduate Admissions Portal. Please indicate the project title as the proposed research title and Dr Chris Sandbrook as the proposed supervisor on the online application form. Applicants' research proposal should explain their motivation for applying, including why their prior skills/knowledge make them a good fit for the studentship, as well as offer preliminary reflections on how they might develop the proposed research project.

The closing date for applications will be Tuesday 4 January 2022. Those wish to be considered for any other funding available via the University funding competition must apply by 2 December 2021.


Please quote reference LC29162 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Key Information

Department of Geography

Reference: LC29162

Dates and deadlines:

Tuesday, 23 November, 2021
Closing Date
Tuesday, 4 January, 2022