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PhD studentships x 3 – Thinking Deep: Creative approaches to the subsurface

  • Date01 July 2021

Applications are invited for three fully-funded PhD studentships as part of the research project ‘Thinking Deep: Creative Approaches to the Underground’ (2020-25).

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Image: Flora Parrott and Lindiwe Matshikiza ‘I am in the bath on all fours (2019)

Are you interested in the subsurface on or off Earth?

Do you have experience of (or interest in) creative research methods or arts practice-based research?

Applications are invited for three fully-funded PhD studentships as part of the research project ‘Thinking Deep: Creative Approaches to the Underground’ (2020-25). The three doctoral students, starting September 2021, will be part of a six-strong interdisciplinary research team funded by the European Research Council. Thinking Deep is based in the Centre for the GeoHumanities and Department of Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK.

Thinking Deep aims to develop creative interdisciplinary approaches to the underground and subsurface spaces more generally. As such, the project is assembling a group of interdisciplinary researchers, to develop creative approaches to some of the challenges that face us in understanding, using and conserving subsurface spaces on and off Earth. These creative practices might include everything from creative research methods to practice-based research.  As well as contributing to subsurface scholarship, Thinking Deep will also seek to understand and reflect on the creative practice and research relations that sit at its heart.

Students will be free to develop their own research project in response to Thinking Deep’s wider goals, detailed in the longer project brief (available at The projects will be co-supervised by Professor Harriet Hawkins (PI- Thinking Deep) and either another member of the Thinking Deep team or other staff at RHUL as appropriate.

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