Postgraduate research opportunities

Strathclyde Doctoral School Centre for Doctoral Training in Global Environmental Monitoring and Policy (GEMaP): Linking the Impacts of Climate Change on Water Resources and Economic Activity in Scotland

The Centre for Doctoral Training in Global Environmental Monitoring and Policy (GEMaP) at the University of Strathclyde invites applications for a fully funded PhD position to study the interconnections between climate change, water resources and the economy of Scotland.

Number of places



International fee, Home fee, Stipend


1 May 2019


22 September 2019


42 months, from October 2019


Prospective applicantsshould hold:

  • A minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree (2:1) in economics, geography, environmental science or a closely related subject
  • A Masters degree (or equivalent) in economics, hydrology, water resources management, environmental science, or a closely related subject
  • An interest in climate modelling, economic modelling and/or water resource management at a large scale
  • Preference will be given to candidates with experience of data acquisition and data analysis/programming skills (e.g., R, Python, or Matlab)
  • Candidates who are not native English speakers will be required to provide evidence for their English skills (such as by IELTS or similar tests approved by UKVI, or a degree completed in an English speaking country).

Project Details

The impacts of climate change on the global economy are projected to be substantial if we carry on a ‘business as usual’ trajectory, with water scarcity and increased water resource variability likely to be a major factor in global economic losses.

This PhD project will assess the interconnections between water resources and economic activities, seeking to address the challenges that water intensive sectors may face due to climate change. The project will be developed in partnership with the successful candidate to suit their own research interests, and will have the flexibility to use either quantitative or qualitative approaches. This project is open to either an applied economics and policy approach, or a more quantitative climate and water resources modelling approach, depending on the skills and interests of the candidate.

The multidisciplinary project will see the successful candidate engage with economists, policy-makers, earth system scientists and engineers, developing a number of skills in data analysis, economic modelling and geospatial analysis of resource stresses. There will be opportunities to engage with industry, regional and national governments, and technologists through connection to the University of Strathclyde’s Global Environmental Monitoring and Measurement Centre that connects to a number of major international partners, including Stanford University.

Funding Details

This PhD scholarship is being funded as part of an exciting new Centre for Doctoral Training programme at the University of Strathclyde in Global Environmental Monitoring and Policy (GEMaP). This Strathclyde CDT will bring together researchers from interdisciplinary research backgrounds and provide a unique training experience in science, policy, economics and metrology, and provide an opportunity for the successful candidate to work with a cohort of PhD researchers working in related fields.

This scholarship and will cover home/EU fees, and provide an annual stipend of circa £15,000 (full time) per annum.  International candidates can be considered for the project, providing they can provide additional funding to cover the difference between home/EU and international fees.

How to apply

We advise applications to be submitted as soon as possible as we will start conducting skype and/or face-to-face interviews for shortlisted applicants immediately.

At this stage, we are inviting applicants to apply for the position only. The successful candidate will then be asked to complete an application for PhD study at Strathclyde.


All applications should include:

  • a covering letter
  • a CV and relevant qualification transcripts
  • two references (please refer to guidance on references)

 When sending the above documents please use the following file-naming convention: fullname_typeofdocument

 For example: 

  • Johnsmith_coverletter
  • Johnsmith_CV
  • Johnsmith_transcript1
  • Johnsmith_transcript2
  • Johnsmith_reference1
  • Johnsmith_reference2

Apply now by uploading your documents.