Phd Priority Topics Art and Design 2012

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The University of Ulster Research Institute Art and Design and the Faculty of Art and Design and the Built Environment Research Graduate School advertises priority topics on which applications for research degrees are particularly invited. Applications may be for full time or part time study.
The recruitment process often co-coincides with recruitment to research degree studentships managed by the University. These are normally full time.

Applications are also welcomed from students who are self funding or who are applying for other external studentships, grants, bursaries and awards.
While priority topics are advertised, applications on topics proposed by the applicant are also considered where there is supervisory capacity and relevant resources. Applicants are advised to discuss this with the head of the Faculty of Art Design and Built Environment Research Graduate School.
Undertaking a research degree is significant commitment.  Applicants may contact the potential supervisor of the priority topic for clarification during the development of their application. There is no requirement to do so and applicants who do not do so are not penalised.
Research Institute Art and Design PHD RIAD PRIORITY PhD TOPIC to commence in 2012:
Project Title: An examination of recent developments in both landscape and planning practice, specifically relating to Northern Ireland
Proposed Supervisor 1             Mrs. Emily Smyth, School of Architecture and Design, Faculty of Art Design and the Built Environment. Research Institute Art and Design. (email:
Proposed Supervisor 2             Dr Taina Rikala, School of Architecture and Design, Faculty of Art Design and the Built Environment. Research Institute Art and Design.
(There is potential for this to be a cross faculty topic between Faculty of Art Design and the Built Environment and Environmental Sciences)
Research Questions/ Context/ Description:
What is landscape planning, its processes and benefits, and how might it be achieved? What does compliance with the European Landscape Convention mean for Northern Ireland? What examples of good practice form elsewhere are relevant in Northern Ireland? What actions should/ could be undertaken in Northern Ireland, and how (including review of current policy, programmes, actions)?
Current academic understanding in landscape planning has developed through cultural geography, alongside professional practice concern relating to environment sustainability and fundamental ecology. Planning practice as a system of ordering land use has in recent decades been largely discredited as dysfunctional and out of resonance with the community and societal development it exists t stimulate and assist, yet this persists as the norm in Northern Ireland governance. A major reinterpretation of planning practice is already embedded within the European Landscape Convention (ratified by the UK government in 2006, and legally binding in and by all UK devolved government nations), but there appears to be little cognizance of the implications of its implementation, specifically in Northern Ireland.
A work which researches fully the processes and obligations of the ELC, its potential through best practice, and justified and tested proposals for its implementation and effectiveness to achieve its ideal methodology and objectives, would provide greater understanding of the implications and opportunities for landscape planning, and robust consideration relating to effecting such a process in Northern Ireland.
Northern Ireland as a region with devolved UK self-governance is of a landscape and population size which can operate reasonably coherently as a single functioning entity. Landscape planning is a place specific agenda.  It is proposed that whereas landscape planning might be under slow development throughout all regions of Europe, Northern Ireland might be able to independently develop and apply its own specific landscape planning system to benefit its environmental and social sustainability (including economic, infrastructure, heritage, lifestyle, identity etc).

Applications are normally submitted online.  Closing date for applications 23 March 2012.
Information for prospective research degree students, including application forms, can also be found on the university Web pages>
Professor Neil Hewitt heads the Research Graduate School (RGS) of the Faculty of Art Design and Built Environment.>
The Research Institute Art and Design (RIAD) Director is Professor Karen Fleming. There are 3 research centres within RIAD  - the Centre for Applied Art Research, the Design and Architecture Research Centre and the Centre for Fine art Research. Research students are members of RIAD. <>

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