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Great PhD opportunity looking at the role of agri co-ops

08 May 2023

Do you know anyone wishing to study for a PhD? (UK students only).

“BARIToNE: The role of agricultural co-ops in driving change supporting the climate challenge” 

The focus of the project is researching the role agricultural co-ops play in driving change in their networks with a focus on helping their farmer members address the climate challenge. Education and effective knowledge transfer are a key pillar and one of the seven principles of co-operation in co-op enterprises.

SAOS believes that addressing the climate emergency is too large a challenge for any one business, especially an SME, to tackle alone, . However, Scotland’s strong agricultural co-ops can be an effective solution to co-ordinating meaningful change whilst remaining competitive via highly effective co-op farmer member networks.

  • The successful applicant would be matriculated with the University of Dundee, Business School.
  • Applicants need a social science/business degree, a post-graduate qualification is desirable.
  • There is an annual stipend of £17,668
  • Full tuition fees paid, plus training & travel budget.
  • Normally 4 years FT but can be completed part-time
  • The student would be supported by SAOS.

The closing date for applications is 19th May

Further information is available here Find a Phd website

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