The Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship at the University of Strathclyde invites applications for a fully funded PhD to research the business models, finance, legal structures, partnerships and policies necessary to scale-up minewater geothermal district heat, across Scotland's low-income ex-mining communities.
Candidates are required to have:
• A background in social science (business and management, economics, sociology or any other cognate discipline) with a first or 2:1 UK Honours degree, or overseas equivalent. We also welcome applicants with an engineering or science background, who demonstrate a strong interest in the topic.
• A Masters degree or equivalent work experience in a relevant subject will be strongly preferred.
• An interest in how technological and business model innovation shape sustainability transitions.
• A strong understanding of:
o Energy market and policy frameworks
o Local/community energy
o Heating technologies and associated challenges of decarbonisation.
• Excellent analytical skills and a demonstrable aptitude to undertake research and develop into an independent researcher
• Prior knowledge and/or willingness to employ qualitative research methods, especially documentary analysis, interviews, workshop and/or focus groups. Also, quantitative skills to manipulate larger datasets and undertake basic statistics are desirable.
• Excellent written and oral English language skills (see the application page for minimum test scores if English is not your first language).
• Excellent interpersonal skills and a proven ability to build strong working relationships.
The PhD is co-funded by the Energy Technologies Partnership, the University of Strathclyde and Scottish Enterprise. The research explores which combinations of business models, legal structures, finance and partnerships can help local stakeholders to deliver MGDH at scale across Scotland's ex-mining communities?
The applicant will be responsible for independently designing and leading a PhD research programme. They will be expected to rely primarily on qualitative research methods (e.g. interviews, focus groups, documentary analysis), as well as undertake basic quantitative analyses of national databases relating to energy and socio-economic trends. A key focus of their work will be to engage with ex-mining communities, as well as industry and policy experts on minewater geothermal and district heating, to understand the potential for this technology across Scotland.
The project will closely engage with an Industrial Advisory Board that includes senior representatives from a wide range of organisations including Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Power, Ramboll, EnviroCentre, SunAmp and TownRockEnergy. This engagement highlights the industrial relevance of the PhD research.
The student will be supervised by Dr. Hannon and based in the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, within the triple accredited Strathclyde Business School, ranked number one in Scotland in the REF2014. They would also be co-supervised by Prof. Webb within Edinburgh's School of Social and Political Science. The PhD will become integrated with the £10m Energy-REV consortium, which brings together 60 researchers and 22 universities to research on smart local energy systems.
You will be registered to the PhD in Entrepreneurship programme based at Strathclyde Business School, under the primary supervision of Dr. Matthew Hannon and secondary supervision from Prof. Jan Webb and Dr. Iain Cairns.
For urther information, please contact Dr. Matthew Hannon at [email protected]
The studentship covers home/EU fees and a stipend for living costs of circa £15,000 (full time) per annum for the duration of 3.5 years. Please note: international applicants will need to source additional funding to bridge the gap between home/EU and international fees.