Postgraduate research opportunities Enhancing Policy Responses for Low Carbon Heat and Mobility

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Key facts

  • Opens: Friday 24 May 2024
  • Deadline: Sunday 14 July 2024
  • Number of places: 1
  • Duration: 3 years, full-time
  • Funding: Home fee, Stipend

Overview

An exciting 3-year full-time funded PhD studentship opportunity has arisen at the Centre for Energy Policy, at the University of Strathclyde. This PhD project aims to build from the available literature and previous work, by developing applied policy analysis on the effectiveness of fuel and transport poverty policy response in the UK.
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Eligibility

You will need a good honours degree (1st or 2:1) and

  • a master’s degree (Distinction or Merit)
  • experience and understanding of economy-wide modelling approaches would be highly desirable

A strong preference would be candidates from a social science discipline, with an economics, political economy background. Other academic backgrounds may be considered if they have a demonstrable interest and/or experience in energy, climate, and public policy issues.

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Project Details

An exciting 3-year full-time funded PhD studentship opportunity has arisen at the Centre for Energy Policy, at the University of Strathclyde.  This PhD project aims to build from the available literature and previous work, by developing applied policy analysis on the effectiveness of fuel and transport poverty policy response in the UK.

Assessment of policy impacts in tackling fuel and transport remains understudied and comparative policy analysis in this area is very limited.  Filling existing gaps in the literature, contributing to the assessment of policy impacts and developing comparative policy analysis, will help enable a just transition to low carbon heat and mobility in the UK, linked with part of the work undertaken by Strathclyde-led equity theme in the UKRI-funded Energy Demand Research Centre.

The PhD Project employs a robust mixed-methods approach, combining qualitative and quantitative research.  Key methodologies to be used may include computable general equilibrium (CGE) modelling involving applied scenario development, scoping and/or systematic reviews, stakeholder engagement, interrupted time series analysis (ITSA) and Comparative policy analysis.

We will achieve this aim by developing the following objectives:

  • Reconceptualizing Fuel and Transport Poverty – to review fuel and transport poverty definitions and metrics; and to evaluate targets, scope, and ambition of current policies, analysing if these are fit for purpose under a fast-changing policy landscape, cost of living pressures and the need to decarbonize heat and transport.
  • Assessing Policy Effectiveness – to assess the effectiveness of policy response in these areas. Identifying potential gaps in targeted support, group recognition and/or policy ambition.
  • Recommendations for Change – to provide insight and recommendations for effective policy design and responses to tackle fuel and transport poverty.

Further information

Why undertake a PhD at the University of Strathclyde’s Centre for Energy Policy?

Our Ethos is Working to ensure transitions to mid-century net zero targets deliver sustainable & equitable prosperity.

The Centre brings together a unique blend of economy-wide modelling, political economy and public policy analysis experience and expertise to understanding the wider economic and societal outcomes of a range of decarbonisation actions at local, regional, national, and international levels and how economically and politically feasible pathways to net zero can be identified and shaped.

As a CEP PhD researcher, you will be able to draw on this expertise as part of your PhD research and develop and apply your learning through live research projects that CEP leads, with focus on real and measurable impact with key policy decision makers within the UK and internationally. Read more about the Centre for Energy Policy.

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Funding details

Home fee plus stipend at the UKRI Stipend rate.

Travel allowances for fieldwork and conferences will also be available.

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Supervisors

Dr Calvillo Munoz

Dr Christian Calvillo Munoz

Research Fellow
Centre for Energy Policy

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Professor Karen Turner

Director Of The Centre For Energy Policy
Centre for Energy Policy

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Dr Speirs

Dr Jamie Speirs

Reader
Centre for Energy Policy

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You will need to complete and online application for PhD Policy Analysis (click the apply button below) and upload the following documents to your application and submit by the closing date:

  • 2-page CV reflecting your education and track record relevant to this opportunity
  • 1-page Cover Letter outlining your suitability and how your research interests align with the Centre for Energy Policy
  • A Research Proposal (click the link to see what a strong research proposal requires) of no more than 1,500 words that outline your initial thoughts on how you would approach this project
  • All degree certificates and transcripts to date
  • 2 x Reference letters or full referee details of which at least one must be academic
  • IELTS Certificate (or equivalent) with a minimum band score of 6.5, with no individual test score below 5.5 taken within 2 years prior to start date, if English is not your first language

Closing date Sunday 14 July 2024 at 5pm (BST).  Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Applicants selected for interview will be notified shortly after the closing date.

The successful applicant must be available to commence study on 1 October 2024.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to: cep@strath.ac.uk.

Number of places: 1

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Policy Analysis

Programme: Policy Analysis

PhD
full-time
Start date: Oct 2024 - Sep 2025