Examining Indian population structure through spatial analysis of personal names

Geographical differences in surname structure capture a great deal of ethno-cultural variation. Particularly in India personal names are interrelated with religion, occupation, caste, regions and various other socio-spatial characteristics. Surnames also have demonstrable utility as proxies for genetic information. This PhD project will utilize information on the spatial distribution of surnames in India to examine both the large-scale patterns and local specifics of Indian population structure and historical migrations. A unique large data set for this study has been assembled by the supervisor and is ready for the analysis. Knowledge and positive attitude to spatial data analysis is required for this PhD position.  

  • Type: General
  • Supervisor: Josef Novotný
  • Programme: Regional and Political Geography
  • Duration: 4 years
  • Start date: October 1, 2020
  • Application deadline: 30th April 2020 (consulting with the tutor in advance is strongly recommended)
  • Funding: Scholarship 10 500 CZK per month (+ additional 2.000 CZK once the doctoral examination is successfully passed)