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The latest postgraduate research opportunities available at Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT)

  • Project Title: Determining woodland antiquity through assessment of historical map and documentary evidence

    Position PhD Postgraduate Project – 4 year duration
    Annual Stipend: €25,000 per annum
    Project Description

    This Ph.D. forms part of the Ancient Woodlands Ireland project, which involves DKIT, Maynooth University, and Teagasc. It aims to provide a detailed inventory of all Ireland’s Ancient Woodlands with a view to their preservation and restoration. You will be working as part of a wider team of bio scientists, data scientists, historians, and palaeoecologists across DKIT, MU Teagasc. 

    The candidate will assess the archival and cartographic record to determine evidence of woodland in Ireland from 1500 to 1800. The purpose of this research will be to build upon previous work on Ireland’s environmental history to provide a broad, working survey of the available historical sources and an all-island analysis of the course of Irish forestry from 1500 until 1800.
    The objectives of this research area:

    1. To complete a rapid assessment of cartographic and other material relating to woodland antiquity
    2. To complete a catalogue of material found as part of objective 1.
    3. Undertake a detailed analysis of the archival and map material identified to explore the evidence of woodland extent in Ireland between 1500 and 1800
    4. Produce a narrative account of woodland history, exploring the underlying processes of change, maintenance and development of woodland across the early modern period in Ireland.
    Project Supervisor Primary supervisor: Dr Annaleigh Margey (DKIT)
    Secondary supervisor: Dr Eamon Darcy (Maynooth University)
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    Subject Areas History, Historical Geography, Cartography, Maps, Archives, Woodland

    Eligibility Criteria:


    2:1 Honours Degree (or equivalent) in History, Geography or Irish Studies or other cognate disciplines

    Qualifications to contain element of academic research at either undergraduate/postgraduate level.

    Eligibility Criteria:


    Demonstrable organisational skills


    • Participation in an academic research project.
    • Database construction and management.
    • Creation/management of digital objects.
    • Archival research.
    • Access to or own transport.

    How to apply: 

    Applicants are invited to submit their CV and an accompanying Cover Letter to no later than 9th February 2024

    Please ensure to use the position reference in the email subject bar: Ancient Woodlands

    Funding notes:

    The Humanities Research Group of Dundalk Institute of Technology welcomes applications for a fully funded 4-year PhD (doctoral) studentships as part of the Ancient Woodlands Ireland project, which involves DKIT, Maynooth University, and Teagasc. It is funded under the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine’s 2023 Thematic Research Call. This is a PhD Postgraduate Project – 48 months duration. Tuition and contribution fees are cover plus an Annual Stipend of €25,000.

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