Postgraduate research opportunities Household Decarbonisation


Key facts

  • Opens: Monday 29 January 2024
  • Deadline: Wednesday 3 April 2024
  • Number of places: 1
  • Duration: 36 months
  • Funding: Home fee, Stipend


This PhD addresses the economic issues related to the decarbonisation of households in the net zero transition. Household decarbonisation is a massive investment project which is expected to come at significant upfront cost, which will either need to be borne by either individuals or governments. This project will focus on the economic activity arising from investment in household decarbonisation along with the policy possible interventions available to maximise societal welfare.
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Students should have a first-class honours degree, or a 2:1 with a relevant Masters qualification. The student should have a background in an environmental or economic subject area, with an interest in assessing how environmental change can impact societies and economies. Experience of a programming language would be advantageous, but an interest in undertaking appropriate training to develop experience is required, and any identified training needs will be provided for the student.

Strathclyde Business School is committed to supporting a diverse and inclusive postgraduate research population. We make decisions on entry by assessing the whole person and not relying solely on academic achievements. On that basis, please ensure that your application (via your CV and covering letter) can evidence your resourcefulness, commitment and resilience as demonstrated by broader professional and life experiences. This evidence should be centred on your ability to undertake and complete a PhD and contribute to a positive PhD community.  

If English isn't your first language, you'll need an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent with no individual element below 5.5.  

Your application must include:  

  • an updated curriculum vitae  
  • details of two academic referees, including email addresses  
  • academic transcripts, which must be certified copies  
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Project Details

There is a vital role for household decarbonisation in the broader climate change mitigation agenda. The residential sector is a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, predominantly through energy consumption for heating, which underscores the necessity for targeted interventions to reduce its carbon footprint. In the UK, where the government has committed to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, the Residential sector accounts for approximately 20% of total emissions. Policy is necessary to achieve emissions reductions in this sector, yet it is in this sector that the policy and technological pathway to Net-Zero is least clear.

The importance of this topic, and the policy background to this project, is thus clear. The aim and objectives of this studentship are to ground the search for appropriate policy for household decarbonisation in the UK in both the economics and the technological landscape of the issue, using the Glasgow City Region as a case study. Glasgow is expected to be one of the first net zero city with the goal of achieving this by 2030 thus household decarbonisation is an important issue in this context. Overall, this research is expected to have two main strands:

  1. the macroeconomics of the household decarbonisation transition, under which examination is made on how the economy must change, in terms of economic structure and the goods and services produced, assuming the household decarbonisation transition does indeed happen; and
  2. the microeconomics of incentives for households to decarbonise, which studies the policy instruments needed in order for households (or others) to choose to implement decarbonisation.

The training opportunities provided during the PhD will not only allow the candidate to upskill in subject-specific skills, they will also provide them with an opportunity to acquire highly marketable and transferable skills. The student will have accesses classes provided by Strathclyde as part of both the MRes in Research Methodology in Business and Management and the Researcher Development Programme. The student will also receive specific training through the Department of Economics in Input-Output analysis and Computable General Equilibrium modelling. The department has a growing population of people working in applied and environmental economics who will be able to guide the student in addition to the supervisory team.

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Funding details

Fully-funded scholarship for three years covers all university tuition fees (at UK level) and an annual tax-free stipend. International students are also eligible to apply, but they will need to find other funding sources to cover the difference between the home and international tuition fees. Exceptional international candidates may be provided funding for this difference. 

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Dr Connolly

Dr Kevin Connolly

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Dr David Comerford

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Number of places: 1

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Programme: Economics

Start date: Oct 2024 - Sep 2025