Development studies

Dissertation topics are related to broadly-defined development studies and development geography. Interdisciplinary interests in various intersections and interactions between development, society, and environment are welcome. It also holds for efforts to integrate approaches, perspectives, and topics researched in development studies with the research focus on more traditional areas of human geography such as in economic and political geography, environmental geography, or migration or health geographies. Interest in regional geography and engagement with a particular region or country within the so-called Global South may also be an important aspect of your doctoral project specification. Feel free to contact the prospective supervisor and discuss possible directions. Some examples of broader themes are as follows:

  • WASH (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene) in low- and middle-income countries;  
  • Waste geographies and development (particularly with respect to human waste);
  • Higher education in low- and middle-income countries;
  • Adaptation to climate change in low- and middle-income countries;
  • Social determinants of environmental health;
  • External validity of development interventions.

Supervisor: Josef Novotný

Open call(s) for PhD students: Sustainability of sanitation behaviour change in low- and middle-income countries