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Urban nature-based solutions, are there scale-dependent thresholds?

This multi-disciplinary PhD will study urban green space and benefits at a range of scales, to tackle critical questions in urban ecosystem services research:

  • whether greenspace benefits demonstrate non-linear relationships with scale
  • whether there are scale-dependent thresholds to ‘supply’ or ‘use’, and
  • whether there are spatial interactions between services at different scales.

The PhD is supported by an industrial CASE partner, the environmental consultancy Black & Veatch, where you will spend 2 months per year collecting data for your PhD and gaining valuable working experience. You will also have the opportunity to work at B&V before the PhD starts. You will learn a range of techniques including natural capital accounting, ecosystem services assessments and will learn to use and develop ecosystem service models for urban green and blue space.

The project is based at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology in Bangor, North Wales (lead supervisor Prof Laurence Jones), and registered at Bangor University working closely with supervisor Dr Alison Cameron.

We are looking for an enthusiastic person with a good degree in an environmental subject, preferably to Masters level, and an interest in urban systems. You will have an aptitude for data analysis, and be able to demonstrate experience in analysis of spatial data or large data sets and in running models.

For further information, please contact Laurence Jones (