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  Prof Carly McLachlan  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

About the project:

This project will explore the ways in which cities are making significant emissions reductions in order to meet their climate change commitments and goals. It will critically evaluate different approaches and contexts and identify how action at the sub national scale can be accelerated and replicated.

Project aims and objectives:

The project will deliver high-quality research that will inform city level actors as well as stakeholders at national and international levels on the efficacy of different approaches to: climate action planning, target setting, stakeholder partnerships, just transition, finance and measuring/monitoring performance.

There will be opportunities to build collaborations with cities in the UK and internationally in order to co-produce analysis and recommendations with stakeholders.


Research objectives:

·        Review the latest approaches to climate policy at the city scale internationally

·        Review the challenges in the areas of climate action planning, target setting, the role of negative emissions and offsets, stakeholder partnerships, just transition, finance and measuring/monitoring performance and identify the focus of study within this broad range of topics.

·        Identify and analyse case studies that exemplify the specific city level climate action challenges and opportunities.

·        Build relationships with cities to explore and establish co-production opportunities.

·        Make recommendations for cities and a broader range of stakeholders relating to the acceleration of climate action at the city level.

The successful candidate will benefit from a place within the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and the Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformation, two world-leading centres for interdisciplinary climate change research. The successful candidate will have access to unrivalled specialist expertise and opportunities to develop transferable skills and enhance their future employability. In addition, the University of Manchester offers an extensive training and development package to support the effective completion of a PhD.

Candidates should have a good first degree in geography or social science subject with good written and analytical skills and an interest in climate change, low-carbon lifestyles and sustainability transitions. Experience with both qualitative and quantitative research methods is desirable. Additional University of Manchester entry requirements for PhD research degrees can be found at:

This research will take place within a highly interdisciplinary research centre, candidates are encouraged to apply from all academic backgrounds and will have the opportunity to steer the direction of the research.

The successful candidate will ideally start by Sept/Oct 2021. Please send a CV and cover letter to [Email Address Removed] before making a full application through the University of Manchester.

As an equal opportunities employer, we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons. As the School is committed to the principles of the Race Equality Charter Mark and Athena SWAN, we would particularly welcome applications from women and the black and minority ethnic (BME) community, who are both currently under-represented at this grade. All appointments will be made on merit.

Funding Notes

This 3.5 year studentship covers tuition fees at the Home fee rate and provides a tax-free stipend at the standard UKRI rate (£15,609 in the 2021/22 academic session) for a PhD starting in September 2021. EU and overseas students can apply but will need to source additional funding themselves to cover the difference between the tuition fee rates. Self-funded students interested in a relevant topic are also welcome to contact the supervisory team.