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Careers and climate change

Project Description

The University of Bath is inviting applications for the following PhD project based in the School of Management under the supervision of Dr Katharina Chudzikowski ( and Dr Stefanie Gustafsson (


Climate change is the biggest challenge characterizing our times. It is generally known that our work practices have an important effect on the social and natural environment. Further, recent events such as the resignation of the UN’s environment chief Erik Solheim following criticisms of his extensive global travel suggest that there is direct link between people’s career making and the climate. However, the interdependence between careers and the natural environment has not yet sufficiently been investigated through scholarly research. This is also because careers as a phenomenon are mostly associated with individual growth aspects such as career success, subjective wellbeing over a life course, employability and mobility rather than broader societal and environmental issues.

However, career studies increasingly recognize that careers happen in context and are part of a wider ecosystem (Baruch & Rousseau, 2019). Similarly, new career concepts have emerged such as sustainable careers (Chudzikowski, Gustafsson & Tams, 2019; DeVos, Van der Heijden & Akkermans., 2018) and responsible careers (Tams & Marshall, 2011). Yet, these do not yet fully capture the interplay between career practices and the broader natural environment and climate change making this an important and worthwhile area to investigate through doctoral research.

As such, we are looking to supervise a PhD student (ideally with a social science, business & management background) focusing on the interplay between careers and climate change possibly answering the following questions:

1) How are natural resources used and created in and through career making and what are the environmental effects of these career practices?
2) What could be environmentally sustainable career models that reduce the negative impact on the climate?
2) What might be environmentally responsible career practices and what do these imply for the organisation and meaning of careers? Examples of career practices may include: flying for work, products consumed as part of career making, eating habits while travelling, carbon footprint etc.
4) How can individuals and organizations accomplish environmentally responsible careers that reduce negative impact on the climate?


Applicants for a studentship must have obtained, or be about to obtain, a First or Upper Second Class UK Honours degree, or the equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK, in a relevant discipline.

Formal applications should be made via the University of Bath’s online application form:

Please ensure that you quote the supervisor’s name and project title in the ‘Your research interests’ section.

More information about applying for a PhD at Bath may be found here:

Anticipated start date: 28 September 2020.

Funding Notes

Candidates applying for this project will be considered for a University studentship, which will cover UK/EU tuition fees, a training support grant of £1,000 per annum and a tax-free maintenance allowance at the UKRI Doctoral Stipend rate (£15,009 in 2019-20) for a period of up to 4 years. Limited funding opportunities for outstanding Overseas candidates may be available. Some School of Management studentships require recipients to contribute annually up to a maximum of 133 hours of seminar-based teaching and assessment in years 2, 3 and 4 of study (students will not be expected to give lectures).


Baruch, Y., & Rousseau, D. M. (2019). Integrating psychological contracts and ecosystems in career studies and management. Academy of Management Annals, 13(1), 84-111.
Chudzikowski, K., Gustafsson, S., & Tams, S. (in press). Constructing alignment for sustainable careers: Insights from the career narratives of management consultants. Journal of Vocational Behavior.
De Vos, A., Dujardin, J. -M., Gielens, T., & Meyers, C. (2016). Developing sustainable careers across the lifespan. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International.
Tams, S., & Marshall, J. (2011). Responsible careers: Systemic reflexivity in shifting landscapes. Human Relations, 64(1), 109-131.

How good is research at University of Bath in Business and Management Studies?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 64.90

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