Funded PhD opportunity available

PhD Project: An applied general equilibrium investigation of the wider economy implications of industrial decarbonisation actions in the UK

The University of Strathclyde’s Centre for Energy Policy (CEP) is offering an exciting opportunity for a funded (at the level of UK Home fees plus stipend) PhD project which aligns with CEP’s current research investigating the economy-wide and societal outcomes of different pathways and actions to decarbonise industry in the UK.

You will join a team of researchers based at the University of Strathclyde’s Centre for Energy Policy (CEP) and develop and undertake a PhD project that will contribute to strengthening understanding and informing action around the public policy challenge of transitioning to a prosperous, sustainable, and more equitable net zero economy in the UK, with a particular focus on the challenge of industrial decarbonisation.

We are primarily interested in research proposals that:

  • Explore the role of the economy-wide impacts of actions to decarbonise industry
    are UK-focussed in their initial applied scope (but with focus on generating generic methodologies and learnings).
  • incorporate or have the potential to incorporate the use of computable general equilibrium (CGE) modelling as a core methodology, with focus on developing specifications and scenario analysis to understand the impacts and public policy facing consequences of different decarbonisation actions, pathways and policy interventions.
  • Have the potential to build on and add value to CEP’s current work exploring the deployment of carbon capture, utilisation and storage and the impacts of investments in ocean renewable energy and green hydrogen production in the UK, including through econometric/other analyses to inform model specifications and parameters

Applicants should have a good honours and master’s degrees in a social science discipline, with a strong preference for candidates with an economics/political economy background and a demonstrable interest in energy/climate/public policy issues. Some experience/understanding of economy-wide modelling approaches would be highly desirable, and a willingness to develop this understanding through your PhD is essential.

Deadline for applications 18 July 2022