Department of Geography, Kent State University

Research support for a PhD or highly qualified Masters Student focused on urban sustainability and planning is available for the Fall 2014-15 academic year with two years of renewal based on satisfactory progress. The appointment includes a monthly stipend, tuition waiver, and health benefits with funding opportunities for fieldwork and conference presentations. The research assistantship is under the direction of Dr. V. Kelly Turner. Candidates should have a strong interest in the human dimensions of environmental decision-making and management, the qualitative and mixed-method social sciences, and a desire to engage in collaborative, interdisciplinary research. Potential research domains include, but are not limited to, sustainable urban planning, urban ecology, water resources, institutional analysis, and decision-making under uncertainty.

The research assistant will have the opportunity to participate in the annual Water Research Symposium and to work with faculty and students associated with an interdisciplinary university priority research cluster on urban ecology and hydrology. This includes collaborative research opportunities with the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (CUDC), the Center for Ecology and Natural Resources Sustainability (CENRS), the GIS: Health and Hazards Lab, and the City and Community Studies Initiative (CCSI). They will join a growing department and a vibrant downtown undergoing many exciting changes (Main Street Kent).

Interested students should contact Dr. Turner ( with a CV and brief research statement and complete the Kent State University online graduate admissions application by February 1, 2014.
Anne Jefferson
Department of Geology, Kent State University