2022 PhD Opportunities

The University of Reading and Cranfield University are awarding two PhDs which will provide research opportunities that are relevant to, but not delivering, the core outcomes of the FoodSEqual consortium.   Each PhD will receive a full UKRI studentship for three years starting from Sept/Oct 2022.

A call for PhD project topics was open from 17 December 2021 to 31 January 2022 and a shortlist of three PhD topics has now been selected; two for the proposed University of Reading PhD and one for the Cranfield University based PhD.  Details of the PhD projects are listed below.  

The call for students applications for University of Reading based topics is now OPEN.  The call for student applications for Cranfield University will open on 21 March 2022.

The timeline for recruitment is as follows

Action University of Reading Cranfield University
Call for project proposals opens 17 Dec 2021 17 Dec 2021
Call for project proposals closes 31 Jan 2022 31 Jan 2022
Projects sent out to Selection Committee for review (loaded to Teams private channel) By 7 Feb 2022 By 7 Feb 2022
Selection Committee meets to identify which projects will be advertised By 28 Feb 2022 By 28 Feb 2022
Management Board ratifies Selection Committee decision (online) By 4 Mar 2022 By 4 Mar 2022
Project shortlist publicised on website and externally (FindaPhD etc) After 7 Mar 2022 21 Mar 2022
Deadline for students to apply for chosen PhD 12 April 2022 (17:00 BST) 12 May 2022
Student interview window 12 Apr – 13 May 2022 23 May – 10 June 2022
Final Interview by Independent Panel (CU PhD only)   10 – 20 June 2022
Selection Committee meets and confirms awards Online Online
Management Board ratifies awards Online Online
Award/rejection letters sent to shortlisted candidates By 27 May 2022 By 24 June 2022
Deadline to accept studentship 10 June 2022 1 July 2022
Studentship start date 1 October 2022 26 September 2022












Further details for PhD topic and student applications can be found in the Call Guidance document:

FoodSEqual PhD Project Call Guidance 2022


Applications should be made by completing  a project proposal application form and PhD Advert form and submitting by email to foodsystemsequality@gmail.com

FoodSEqual PhD project proposal application form

FoodSEqual PhD Advert Template 



Applications for the University of Reading PhD topics should be made by completing the student application form and submitting to foodsystemsequality@gmail.com

FoodSEqual UoR PhD student application form

Applications for the Cranfield University PhD should be made by completing the online application here


Project Title Lead Supervisor/University Co-Supervisor(s) / University
University of Reading
Particpatory frameworks for enhancing sustainability and resilience in urban agriculture Dr Alice Mauchline, University of Reading

Prof Julian Park, University of Reading

Prof Paul Burgess, Cranfield University

Dr Sofia Kourmpetli, Cranfield University

Gavin Shelton, CoFarm Cambridge

Consumption of milk and plant-based diary alternatives: implications for nutrition, household expenditure and environmental sustainability Dr Sokratis Stergiadis, University of Reading

Dr Michelle Cain, Cranfield University

Dr Miriam Clegg, University of Reading

Dr Laurence Smith, University of Reading

Cranfield University

Food Redistribution in UK Supply Chains


Prof Michael Bourlakis, Cranfield University

Dr Anna Macready, University of Reading

Dr Emmanuel Sawyerr, Cranfield University


If you have any questions about the application processes, please email foodsystemsequality@gmail.com