Pursue your research degree with an internationally known institute that works with influential partners, including government and industry.
Established in early 2011, the Global Sustainability Institute’s core research questions are based around personal motivations and systems change, in relation to sustainability.
This translates into three key research areas:
We collaborate with departments throughout Anglia Ruskin, as well as with numerous external organisations, including the UK's Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Mott Macdonald and Lloyd’s of London
It’s an inspiring environment in which to conduct research and influence the world – and we can offer you high-quality supervision from influential figures in the sustainability field.
Visit aru.ac.uk/gsi for further information about the Institute and don’t hesitate to contact us if you’d like to discuss your research proposal.
If you've already conducted research and published work that demonstrates an independent and original contribution to knowledge in this field of you may wish to apply for a PhD by Published Work.
MPhil: full-time 1-3 years, part-time 2-4 years.
PhD via progression from MPhil, including that period: full-time 2.5-5 years, part-time 3.5-6 years.
PhD: full-time 2-4 years, part-time 3-6 years.
For further guidance on the duration of research degrees please refer to the Research Degrees Regulations.
We can accommodate many research proposals. Our researchers come from a variety of backgrounds, including economics, geography, international relations, psychology, sociology, environmental social science, communications, mathematics and computer modelling.
Our supervisory staff are recognised experts in their field. Their research expertise includes:
Prof Aled Jones – climate finance and policy, resource risk and political fragility
Dr Alison Greig - the role of education (people, processes, infrastructure) in creating a more sustainable future
Dr Rosie Robison – sustainable consumption, personal change, self-reflection, community groups
Dr Chris Foulds – consumption, energy, built environment, sociotechnical change, practices
Dr Davide Natalini - environmental security, complex social-ecological systems, and energy transitions.
Dr Zareen Bharucha - rural change and resource use, resource governance, sustainability and well-being, and urban change
Dr Melanie Rohse - everyday experiences of energy, water extremes and resilience, interdisciplinary research, and stories, narratives and co-production
Dr Nikoleta Jones – socio-environmental systems and ecosystem services
The GSI staff are joined by visiting fellows - and we can call on the expertise of specialists throughout Anglia Ruskin to support the interdisciplinary aspects of your work.
You can find out more about our postgraduate opportunities (MSc, PhD, ProfDoc), including links to PhD topics which would complement current research across our four themes.
The Faculty of Science & Engineering is one of the largest of the four faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full-time or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, BSc, MSc, PhD or professional doctorate.
Whichever course you pick, you’ll gain the theory and practical skills needed to progress with confidence. Join us and you could find yourself learning in the very latest laboratories or on field trips or work placements with well-known and respected companies. You may even have the opportunity to study abroad.
Everything we do in the faculty has a singular purpose: to provide a world-class environment to create, share and advance knowledge in science, technology and engineering fields. This is key to all of our futures.
In some cases extra costs known as bench fees will be charged for a postgraduate research degree. These are to cover additional/exceptional costs directly related to a specific research project.
Some examples of these costs are (the list is not exhaustive): equipment hire, access costs to specialist equipment/workshops, volunteer expenses, specialist tissue/cell culture, specialist reagents or materials, specialist software, access to specialist databases, data collection costs, specialist media, recording or digital storage needs.
We charge bench fees in bands. They may apply for every year of your course. These bands are the same for full- and part-time students.
If you have to pay bench fees this will be made clear at your interview, and stated in your offer letter.
For 2021/22 the bench fee bands are:
Initial registration: £1,300
Full registration: £4,000
Part time: £1,000
Full time: £1,800
You can pay your fees upfront, in full or in instalments – though you won't need to pay until you've accepted an offer to study with us. Find out more about paying your fees.
Visit aru.ac.uk/global-sustainability-institute-gsi/research for further information about current research at the Institute.
Our students are closely involved in the Institute’s activities, including research seminars, producing our ‘So What?’ magazine, our annual conference, journal club and public engagement events.
We’ll also provide comprehensive research training in areas such as academic writing and publishing, research methods, subject developments, data analysis, conference skills and presentation.
There’ll be good networking opportunities too. Our partners include the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Skanska, Mott Macdonald, Atkins, the Green Economy Coalition, Renewable Energy & International Law, Lloyd’s of London, Willis Re, Vivid Economics and the Cambridge Cleantech Consortium.
MPhil or PhD with progression from MPhil: You’ll need a Bachelor degree or equivalent with first or upper second class honours, in a related subject area.
PhD: You’ll need a Master degree or equivalent in a related subject area.
Please note we consider candidates for PhD with progression from MPhil in the first instance. If you want to be considered for direct entry to the PhD route then this can be discussed at interview if you are shortlisted. Please note you’ll also need to provide academic justification for this request.
If English is not your first language, you'll require a minimum IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum of 5.5 in each component (or equivalent test). If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry.
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the programme as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Contact our postgraduate research degree team for more information about studying a PhD, MPhil or Professional Doctorate at ARU.
You'll need a computer and reliable internet access to successfully engage with your research programme. Before starting, we recommend that you check our technical requirements for online learning.
Studying during COVID-19
Due to national restrictions all universities in England, including ARU, are only able to provide face to face access to research resources in limited circumstances where access can be justified under movement restrictions. Visit our restrictions page for details. All assessments and supervision are currently conducted online.
In response to the COVID-19 global pandemic and related Government guidance, your research programme will be framed, wherever possible, to be conducted away from campus and in line with movement restrictions. For some types of research attendance on campus will be essential for some activities, and these activities will need to be undertaken in a COVID-19 safe manner in line with our risk management procedures.
In the event that there are further changes to the current restrictions that are in place within the UK due to the pandemic, we may need all of our researchers to work online only at short notice to remain in line with Government guidelines and ensure the continued safety of our students and staff.
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