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Global Environment and Society Doctoral Network

Edinburgh Law School is delighted to announce the creation of the Global Environment and Society Doctoral Network – the first of its kind supported by the Global Academies. The Law School will be the first rotating host of this University-wide network, which is co-chaired by Elisa Morgera (Law School) and Nigel Goddard (Informatics).

The Doctoral Network aims to create a community of PhD students working on environment & society-related projects across the University, in order to enhance the intellectual richness of their Edinburgh experience and their research. The Network is open to Ph.D. students, their supervisors, GESA-related faculty, as well as other interested members of the other Global Academies and the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation. Certain activities will also be open to MSc/LLM students.

What are the benefits of joining the Doctoral Network for students?

  • Participate in ‘journal-club meetings’: academic & social monthly meetings on a Friday late afternoon, concluded with pizza and refreshments. Each meeting will feature two short presentations by students (or staff) aimed at a general audience, with a view to generating an inter-disciplinary debate. The presentations can be about the presenter's work, some interesting research they have found, or a personal interest.
  • Participate in the annual GESA Research Day with external speakers and more networking opportunities
  • Access to student bursaries for travel to conferences/workshops
  • Access to the online core course on Global Environmental Challenges to facilitate inter-disciplinary dialogue in the Network and for future research opportunities
  • Access to transkills training for doctoral students.

We are planning to hold two pilot journal club meetings in May and June 2012, and the first GESA Research Day in October 2012.

If you are interested in joining the Doctoral Network, please sign up for the first pilot journal club meeting, to be held on Friday 25th May 2012, in the Ken Mason Suite in the Law School (Old College) at 4.30pm, by emailing

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