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Adaptive decision making to address the impact of climate variability and change on the energy sector

Faculty of Environment

Dr K Roelich , Prof S Dessai , Dr Muriel Bonjean Stanton Monday, March 22, 2021 Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

The generation and distribution of energy is vulnerable to the impacts of climate variability and change (Bonjean Stanton, Dessai and Paavola 2016), however, there is a great deal of uncertainty over the extent of potential variability and change. This can make it very hard to make decisions about how to operate existing technologies, invest in new technologies or to set future directions for energy policy. Techniques such as scenario planning and adaptive planning can help to increase the effectiveness of decision making but are not widely used in the energy sector. This project will trial methods from futures thinking and decision making under deep uncertainty in a case study in the energy sector subject to uncertain climate impacts.

Funding Notes

EPSRC DTP 3.5 years fully-funded awards for British nationals who meet the UK residency requirements; settled and pre-settled EU nationals; and those with ILTR in the UK. There is up to one award for overseas candidates although it is recommended that you speak with the project supervisor before applying if you are in the overseas fees category.


Bonjean Stanton, M., Dessai, S., Paavola, J. 2016. A systematic review of the impacts of climate variability and change on electricity systems in Europe, Energy, 109, 1148-1159.

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