Ph.D. Assistantship in Environmental Justice Research via AGU

North Carolina State University

Raleigh, NC, US

This project aims to understand how concern for justice fits into natural disaster resilience.  The selected student will use participatory mapping and video methods to understand whether communities are able to define and create solutions to long-standing structural inequities as part of disaster recovery plans.  The strongest candidates will bring their own ideas to an emerging research project focused on long-term recovery from Hurricane Matthew in NC.  The selected student will show promise as a researcher able to communicate in academic channels and to work and live in a multiracial community. PhD-level applicants should have a MS in geography, sociology, community development, public health, Native American studies, parks, recreation and tourism management or a related field.  An emerging record of publication and promise as an interdisciplinary scholar are highly desired.

The position will begin Fall 2018 and is funded for four years at $25,000/year, plus benefits and tuition support, through the cutting-edge Geospatial Analytics Ph.D. program at NC State (

The Center for Geospatial Analytics is an internationally recognized collaborative hub for interdisciplinary data scientists advancing novel understanding of spatial phenomena and applying new knowledge to grand challenges. Students in the Ph.D. program receive multidisciplinary advising and the opportunity to work with over twenty faculty fellows with diverse expertise from nearly a dozen departments across NC State. Students also engage in experiential learning through an off-campus professional internship.

To express interest in the position or to learn more, contact Dr. Bethany Cutts ([email protected]). Additional details about the Ph.D. program in Geospatial Analytics and complete application instructions are available at

Interested students are also encouraged to contact Rachel Kasten, Graduate Services Coordinator ([email protected] or 919-515-2800), with questions about the program or to explore additional opportunities.