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Climate resilience in food supply chains


Key facts

Type of research degree
Application deadline
Ongoing deadline
Country eligibility
International (open to all nationalities, including the UK)
Dr Rosario Michel Villarreal
School of Earth and Environment
<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Summary</h2>

The PhD focus is to accelerate our understanding of climate resilience in the context of food supply chains. Climate change is currently well underway, with the global average temperature having already risen by 1&deg;C since preindustrial times. Climate change poses a significant challenge for food supply chains worldwide. The rise in global temperatures and alterations in various climate factors have the potential to disrupt food supply chains at every stage, from production to consumption, including processing, storage, transportation, and retailing. Climate variations have a direct impact on both the quantity and quality of food produced, affecting all three primary sectors of food production: agriculture, fisheries, and livestock. Excessive rainfall and extreme droughts can lead to yield losses. Heat stress can reduce productivity and increase mortality in livestock production systems. Higher global temperatures could cause an increase in food-borne illnesses and negatively affect food safety. As a result, the capacity of present and future food supply chains to sustain livelihoods and meet the growing demand for food is in jeopardy.<br /> <br />

<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Full description</h2>

<p>The aim of this PhD project is to examine the impact of climate change on food supply chains and explore the challenges and opportunities that arise as a result. This study would improve our understanding regarding the types of hazards and impacts, and adaptation strategies that food supply chains are adopting to face climate change.</p>

<h2 class="heading">How to apply</h2>

<p>Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the&nbsp;<a href="">University&#39;s website</a>. Please state clearly in the research information section&nbsp;that the research degree you wish to be considered for is &ldquo;Climate resilience in food supply chains&rdquo; as well as <a href="">Dr&nbsp;Rosario Michel-Villarreal</a> as your proposed supervisor.</p> <p>If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University&#39;s minimum English language requirements (below).</p> <p><em>As an international research-intensive university, we welcome students from all walks of life and from across the world. We foster an inclusive environment where all can flourish and prosper, and we are proud of our strong commitment to student education. Across all Faculties we are dedicated to diversifying our community and we welcome the unique contributions that individuals can bring, and particularly encourage applications from, but not limited to Black, Asian, people who belong to a minority ethnic community, people who identify as LGBT+ and people with disabilities. Applicants will always be selected based on merit and ability.</em></p>

<h2 class="heading heading--sm">Entry requirements</h2>

Applicants to research degree programmes should normally have at least a first class or an upper second class British Bachelors Honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate discipline. The criteria for entry for some research degrees may be higher, for example, several faculties, also require a Masters degree. Applicants are advised to check with the relevant School prior to making an application. Applicants who are uncertain about the requirements for a particular research degree are advised to contact the School or Graduate School prior to making an application.

<h2 class="heading heading--sm">English language requirements</h2>

The minimum English language entry requirement for research postgraduate research study is an IELTS of 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in each component (reading, writing, listening and speaking) or equivalent. The test must be dated within two years of the start date of the course in order to be valid. Some schools and faculties have a higher requirement.

<h2 class="heading">Contact details</h2>

<p>For further information please contact the PGR Admissions Team: or&nbsp;Dr Rosario Michel-Villarreal:&nbsp;<a href=""></a><br /> &nbsp;</p>

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