About the opportunity
The University of Strathclyde’s Centre for Energy Policy (CEP) is offering an exciting opportunity for a funded (at the level of UK Home fees plus stipend) PhD project which aligns with CEP’s current research investigating the economy-wide and societal outcomes of different pathways and actions to decarbonise industry in the UK. The project will build on and add value to CEP’s current work exploring the deployment of carbon capture, utilisation and storage and the impacts of investments in ocean renewable energy and green hydrogen production in the UK. It will also develop/enable the development of theory based applied economic methodologies such as computable general equilibrium (CGE) modelling through scenario development and analysis that supports wider public policy decision making through an understanding of political economy concerns.
You will have the opportunity to train in theoretically grounded computable general equilibrium modelling (CGE) methods applied in a political economy context considering energy and climate policy challenges related to industrial decarbonisation in a wider UK public policy context. The political economy perspective comes through focus on trade-offs and tensions across a range of real policy agendas, including ‘just transitions’ and regional development challenges, as well as working with specialists at CEP to generate real world impact for your research.
Why undertake a PhD at the University of Strathclyde’s Centre for Energy Policy?
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 wide 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. Through UKRI and philanthropic funded projects we have developed, and continue to extend, a recognised body of evidence around the economy-wide impacts of industrial decarbonisation efforts in the UK including the deployment of technologies such as carbon capture, utilisation and storage and the production and use of ocean renewable energy and green hydrogen.
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 the live research projects that CEP leads, with focus on real and measurable impact with key policy decision makers within the UK and internationally. You will also have access to the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Graduate School which brings together postgraduate research students from a variety of disciplines, as well as colleagues in the School of Government and Public Policy in which CEP is based. CEP is committed is to interdisciplinary research and this is reflected in the supervision of this is PhD, with potential co-supervision from the Department of Naval Architecture and Ocean Marine Engineering (NAOME) in the Faculty of Engineering.
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Who should apply?
Applicants should have a good honours (first or 2:1) and master’s degrees (merit or distinction) in a social science discipline, with a strong preference for candidates with an economics/political economy background and a demonstrable interest in energy/climate/public policy issues. Some experience/understanding of economy-wide modelling approaches would be highly desirable, and a willingness to develop this understanding through your PhD is essential.
How to apply
To apply for this PhD opportunity please send the following to [Email Address Removed]
Please note that incomplete applications will not be accepted.
· A curriculum vitae reflecting your education and track record as relevant to this opportunity.
· A cover letter of no more than one page outlining your suitability and how your research interests align with those of the Centre.
· A proposal of no more than 1500 words that outlines your initial thoughts on how you would approach the project.