Deadline: 31 May 2024

Published: 02 May 2024

10 PhD positions under Horizon Europe Marie Skłodowska-Curie are open with MEDiverSEAty, a Doctoral Network investigating human dimensions of Mediterranean Marine Biodiversity.

The efforts made to conserve Mediterranean biodiversity are still facing the need to ensure a comparable implementation of the existing measures, a path that could be pursued by integrating the human dimension into the integrated study of biodiversity and the related strategies for conservation, as suggested by MEDiverSEAty.

Experts in the field of marine sciences do not neglect the relevance (both scientific and social) of these dimensions. Currently, emphasis is on marine citizen sciences, maritime spatial planning, marine heritage, economic values of marine biodiversity. MEDiverSEAty aims at moving international debate a step forward: transfer this multidimensional vision into actions, policies and strategies.

The lack (or oversimplification), both in political and scientific debate, of “diversity” (among cultures, roles, societies, attitudes, identities) as a key driver acting on the relationship among European citizens and marine biodiversity. MEDiverSEAty aims at filling these gaps, through the implementation of a Doctoral Network Training and Research Program involving 6 European countries (Italy, Malta, France, Spain, Montenegro and Greece) working on two key-pillars of contemporary marine sciences, policies and education:

  1. Ocean Literacy;
  2. Marine Biodiversity Conservation

Under this framework, MEDiverSEAty offers 10 PhD positions covering a set of overarching topics:

  • Managing the protection of marine biodiversity through ecosystems services approaches: implication on marine and coastal tourism. A gender perspective.
  • Ocean-Archive.org: A Digital Organism for a Living Ocean.
  • Marine and terrestrial protected areas to foster climate change adaptation: a sustainable livelihoods approach.
  • Economics and citizen science: Insights for ecosystem restoration in marine and terrestrial protected areas.
  • Using artificial reef to preserve biodiversity: potential implications on Marine Literacy and Education.
  • Socio-economic impacts of sea-surface microplastic concentrations along the coastal shelf of Montenegro.
  • Understanding the different dimensions of human-nature connectedness for conservation and restoration management in the Mediterranean.
  • Integrated Coastal Zone Management: mitigation of conflict in the era of global change and the role of local knowledge.

PhD programmes will start between October and November 2024 and will last 36 months. The deadline for applications is the 31st of May 2024.