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Doctoral Research


We are looking for exceptionally talented, motivated and creative scholars interested in a new generation of issues linked to the sustainable food supply for the planet, the governance of food systems, technical and social aspects of food production, hydrological processes and change, eco-hydrology, provision of clean water, and community resilience or adaption to climate change.



An engaging Doctoral Training Programme (DTP) providing bespoke and relevant training and mentoring, delivered by an international team of field experts. The DTP is versatile and flexible in addition to having rigour and relevance, allowing you to choose creditable development activites that fit your needs and research schedules. 

An array of DTP activities including discipline-specific seminars and workshops, annual summer schools, peer-to-peer presentations and discussions, as well as various social activities throughout the year. We encourage and facilitate student-led activities to complement and enhance this programme. 

The Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) and access to facilities. The University has invested over £7.5 million to establish the dedicated research facility at Garden Organic, Ryton Gardens, which boasts extensive office space, meeting rooms, IT equipment, soil and water labs, a computational modelling lab and a video-editing suite. As an integral part of CAWR, you will have access to all facilities and equipment. 

The CAWR Research Community. We are an international team of 40 strong academics, from early career researchers, to full professors who are world leading experts in their respective fields. As a CAWR student, you will be regularly invited to participate in our thematic group meetings, guest seminars and general staff meetings, thereby gaining access to research expertise and mentoring beyond the immediate supervisory team. This allows you to gather insight into work culture, practices and norms by working alongside researchers and other professional services staff at the centre. You will have dedicated administrative support through the various stages of your progress, from application to award. 

Post-doc Incentive for PhD students with a successful track record and prompt completion, who are offered the opportunity to compete for 1 year of post-doctoral funding at Coventry University. 



Informal expressions of interest, including a motivation letter, a resume and a brief research proposal, can be submitted to potential supervisors within CAWR.

Entry requirements:

  • a recognised Masters degree in a relevant discipline from a reputable institution,
  • the potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a three year period of study,
  • English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0, with a minimum score of 6.5 in each component). 

For details on the formal application process and forms, please see Making an Application on the University’s website.

For potential supervisors and their areas of expertise, please see our staff list.

Contact our Current PhD students to hear first hand about their experience at CAWR.



The Nigel Baker PhD Studentship on Food System Sustainability

Full Title: Assessing the Impact of Agroecological Practice: Transdisciplinary Approaches in Contrasting Geographical Contexts
Funding: Bursary plus tuition fees - UK/EU/International
Duration: Full-Time - between three and three and a half years fixed term
Application Deadline: 31 October 2017

For details and to apply

Nigel Baker was a member of the very first cohort of Masters students to complete CAWR’s MSc in Food Security Management in 2014. He was committed to trying to make the world a better place by tackling injustice and environmental destruction. In his Master’s thesis he proposed a new concept called ‘Net System Productivity’ which measures food system productivity by taking into account food waste and nutritional quality – elements which are ignored in conventional measures of productivity.  He applied this measure to an agroecological system in the form of a Community Supported Agriculture scheme and made some preliminary comparisons with the conventional supermarket – industrial agriculture food system.
In September 2015 Nigel began work on a PhD to extend and deepen the research he had begun in his Master’s thesis. Sadly, he had to suspend his studies in the springtime of 2016, owing to illness.  He lost his fight against cancer on 16th February 2017.  This award is dedicated to Nigel’s memory.

Coventry University Scholarships:

For information regarding the scholarships that are available via Coventry University please see the 'About our Scholarships' page for further details.



Carla Kay


"Studying at CAWR has been a fascinating learning experience. Not only am I researching the area that has always been my greatest passion, but I am doing this in a cooperative environment filled with experts with a wealth of knowledge and experience. During my fully-funded three year PhD I have the opportunity, and am encouraged, to get training, internally and externally, to continually expand my skills. What I love the most about CAWR is the feeling that we are all working together and beyond academia to bring positive change to the world."




Moussa Sidibe





"I always perceived a PhD as a daunting task, I shall admit that undertaking it in a transdisciplinary and innovative oriented research centre as CAWR, makes it easier. As a CAWR PhD student I feel lucky to be in contact with brilliant minds from all around the world."











CAWR and CTPSR held their joint PhD Poster Symposium on Monday 27th March 2017. This was a great opportunity for students from both Research Centres to come together and share their work.

It was a fantastic event with many students from both centres presenting. The winners for CAWR were:

First Place - Natasa Tziampou

Second Place - Donna Udall

Third Place - Morwenna McKenzie

The three winners will now progress to the Coventry university Postgraduate 3 Minute Thesis competition.

There was also the chance for staff and students attending the event as guests to vote for their favourite poster. There was a 'People's Choice' winner from each centre. Moussa Sidibe was the 'People's Choice' winner for CAWR.


MSC in Agroecology and Food Security

Food security is of critical concern globally, and the development of food systems that  provide food of high quality and quantity in a sustainable way, is now a research and policy priority. 

The MSc in Agroecology and Food Security is designed to equip professionals and graduates with the knowledge to critically analyse and assess the relationships between agroecological food production and management, farming systems, climate change economics and the environment.



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All students undertake an individual research project that can be directed to future career pathways.

Employment opportunities present themselves in national and international government agencies, non governmental policy, research and development organisations, the private sector including food companies and the farming sector.

For further details on how to apply please see the MSc Agroecology and Food Security course page.



Coventry University Scholarships:

For information regarding the scholarships that are available via Coventry University please see the 'About our Scholarships' page for further details.


 Ismail Rilwan (2014-2015)


“The MSc Programme was very fascinating and I am passionate working with Action Against Hunger in Nigeria, especially with the help of skills I acquired during my Masters program at Coventry University, which gave me an edge."

After studying at CAWR Ismail completed the PGD in Crop Production and Management at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, in Nigeria. Ismail also established a food security firm which consists of professionals from different agricultural backgrounds. Ismail has now gained the post of Food Security and Livelihoods Officer with Action Against Hunger.

Panama Donaldson (2016-2017)



"I really enjoy studying at CAWR. It not only challenges me academically, but personally, which has resulted in me having my own allotment. I have learnt many theories and practices that I can carry into my future career, which I hope will help to shape real change in the future."

Panama is a current student studying at CAWR.



Joseph McCrohon (2016-2017)

"Having been involved in political activism and permaculture I felt that going back to university and doing the MSc in Agroecology and Food Security would be an intersting thing to do. Having a biology degree has helped complement the knowledge that I have gained on this course. My favourite module is definitely food security and I've enjoyed the lessons on food sovereignty the most. I think CAWR is a good place to study due to the interdisciplinary nature of the centre. You are always likely to bump into someone with a different, though complementary, view to your own."

Joseph is a current student studying at CAWR.


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Recruitment and Admissions Office (UK students only):
 Tel: +44 (0) 24 7765 4321


International and EU students:

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Enquiries about CAWR & the MSc:

Mina Thompson

Postgraduate Programmes Coordinator
Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience
Coventry University
Ryton Gardens 
Wolston Lane, Ryton-on-Dunsmore
Coventry CV8 3LG

Tel: 02477 651 602