CDT SuMMeR: PhD opportunities with Bangor University

PhD projects and studentships

Applications are invited for the following three-year, eight-month PhD studentships. The studentships will start on 1 October 2022.

If you wish to informally discuss any of our projects further, please contact the lead supervisor. Details on how to apply and eligibility are listed on the Study with CDT SuMMeR page. If you require more information on the admissions process please contact

The closing date for all applications is 16:00 BST on 23 May 2022.

Bangor University is a host institution for the Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Management of UK Marine Resources (CDT SuMMeR). To view the full range of opportunities available through the CDT visit the Study with CDT SuMMeR page.


Ambitious conservation requires a holistic approach that encompasses all aspects of the marine ecosystem (Credit Lauren Porter, University of Plymouth)

CDTS103: Project information
Project description
Environmental management aims to achieve good ecosystem states and avoid adverse or degraded states. Assessing ecosystem state requires indicators of condition and thresholds above which state is defined as ‘good’. For example, the successful management of marine protected areas requires the achievement of good condition and identification of thresholds in ecosystem state, below which the system becomes degraded. The choice of such thresholds has used a wide variety of approaches and in many cases has been haphazard and subjective with varied success and associated socio-economic impacts. Different approaches may result in very different thresholds for prompting management actions, and there is therefore an urgent need to identify the most appropriate methods for identifying thresholds for desirable ecosystem states. Solving this problem requires the integration of ecosystem science, social science and marine policy.
This PhD project will address these questions:
1. What are the strengths and weaknesses of different methods for setting thresholds for desirable ecosystem states?
2. What can be considered as a good ecosystem state?
These questions will be evaluated using a variety of ecological and social science techniques (literature synthesis, simulation, meta-analysis, stakeholder elicitation) and using data from a variety of marine ecosystems, including benthic and pelagic ecosystems. The student will be trained in these techniques, and will undertake placements at several organisations that provide evidence-based advice on ecosystem management to apply the outcomes of the research in different advice settings (ICES, JNCC and NIRAS).
The project will be supervised by Professor Jan Geert Hiddink (Bangor University), Dr Abigail McQuatters-Gollop (University of Plymouth), Dr Tomas Chaigneau (Exeter University), Dr Ian Gloyne-Phillips and Sally Kazer (NIRAS), Dr Jörn Schmidt and Dr Sebastian Valanko (International Council for the Exploration of the Sea) and Cristina VinaHerbon (Joint Nature Conservation Committee). 

CDTS122: Management Approaches and tools to empower fishing communities

PhD Project Reference: CDTS122
Lead Supervisor: Dr Shelagh Malham
2nd Academic Supervisor: Professor Michel Kaiser
Associate Partner: Welsh Fisherman’s Association

<p>Fishing port of Brixham, Devon.</p>
CDTS122: Project information
Project description
Fisheries provide an important cornerstone to coastal economies and heritage. There is a desire from across fishers, industry, stakeholders, managers and academia that these resources are managed sustainably taking into account stock resilience and persistence for future generations, conservation of ecosystems and the sustainability and equity of livelihoods and culture. This project will co-develop whole-system management frameworks to manage these resources in an equitable and sustainable way. The PhD will integrate research and understanding across the transdisciplinary themes of; co-development; the legal and legislative framework; the tools and technology required for implementation and enforcement; and modelling of outcomes across the environment, economic and social landscape. Outputs from the project will provide important evidence and knowledge for fisheries management across the UK with opportunity to directly influence the currently fast-moving UK fisheries policy landscape.
This PhD aims to provide co-management scenarios and solutions for inshore fisheries through the in-depth understanding of the needs, conflicts and values of actors in the system. It will also map out the legislative landscape identify evidence, data needs and investigate technology solutions to break down barriers to implementation. Potential management scenarios will be modelled using Cardigan Bay in Wales.
Project specific training will include; Personal sea survival, fisheries assessment methods, Law and social science research methods, GDPR course, Annual Welsh Scallop survey (RV Prince Madog), ethics for surveys, internship with Welsh Government, mentoring from Seafish socio-economics team and Welsh Fisherman’s Association.
Project chapters:
  • Co-creation of Management Systems
  • Legislative and rights-based approaches to empower fishing communities
  • Delivering tools to enable co-management of fisheries
  • Modelling scenarios of an ecosystem-based approach
Bangor University will host the student with the opportunity to spend time at the Lyell Centre, Heriot Watt University. The student will also be able to engage with other CDT students at Bangor and Heriot Watt working within the fisheries sector.