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Centre for Regional, Social and Economic Research Graduate Teaching Assistant PhD Scholarships

   Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities

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About the Project

Centre for Regional, Social and Economic Research Graduate Teaching Assistant PhD Scholarships

College of Social Sciences and Arts

Duration: 3.5 years

Bursary £18,178 + UK home fees £4,596 per year

Closing date for applications: 23:00 on 25th November 2022.

Applications are invited for Graduate Teaching Assistant / Graduate Research Assistant PhD scholarships in CRESR commencing 6th February 2023, working with the South Yorkshire Sustainability Centre and focused on researching place-based just transitions.

The studentship is for a period of three and a half years full time, subject to satisfactory progress. Part time applications are also welcome.

These scholarships provide opportunity to combine PhD study with hands-on research experience as part of a large interdisciplinary research programme focused on a just transition for South Yorkshire, working with a wide range of academic, industrial, policy and civil society partners. This is an unrivalled opportunity to work directly with policy makers, businesses, and civil society to influence change through PhD study. 

Scholarship holders will be expected to contribute to the research programme in addition to PhD study. This forms part of the terms and conditions of the bursary and there is no additional payment for it. Students currently enrolled on a PhD are not eligible to apply.

Applicants should hold a 1st or 2.1 honours degree and a Masters degree in a relevant subject area would be an advantage.

Applications to study for either full or part-time PhDs in CRESR are invited that fit with the overall aims of the research programme, which is concerned with conceptualising and empirically investigating possibilities for just transition in South Yorkshire.

We take a broad view on how just transition might be conceptualised and would be interested to receive ideas that take conceptions further. Methodologically, we are open to qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methods approaches, and would also be keen to receive proposals exploring experimental methods. We would particularly welcome proposals in one of the following areas:

1.   Work, place and industrial decarbonisation. Decarbonisation in industrial places can present difficult challenges for economic futures, especially for places at the periphery or beyond urban conurbations which can be more vulnerable to economic change. High emitting industries are often historically embedded and form an important part of place identities, as well as being important sources of employment and wider economic benefits. We want to (1) better understand what decarbonisation means for work in energy intensive industries like steel, glass, and production of construction materials, and (2) what changes to those industries, and related changes to working lives, means for the places where these industries are situated. We are particularly interested in approaches that seek to take a diverse economic view on the nature of work and its relation to industrial change.

2.   Understanding consumption inequality and high consumers. Emissions reduction efforts have so far overlooked the environmental degradation associated with high consumption, which the IPCC (2021) identify as a ‘significant source of emissions’. High consumption is not being tackled because it is complex and poorly understood. We want to put high consumption on the agenda as a key issue for mainstream climate change research and to better understand some or all of the following: i) what drives and locks in high consumption ii) what opportunities exist to curb it iii) how emissions reduction modelling can incorporate this new knowledge, revealing the potential contribution to emissions reduction of tackling high consumption.

Applicants are encouraged to get in touch with us before applying. For academic enquiries and to discuss prospective topic areas or proposals contact:

Professor Will Eadson - [Email Address Removed]

For general enquiries please email [Email Address Removed]

For general information about research degrees, visit the Research website


International applicants

The bursary will cover home fees. If you are required to pay tuition fees at the international rate you will be expected to fund the difference between the home and international fees.

For more information visit: https://www.shu.ac.uk/international/fees-scholarships-and-discounts/tuition-fees.

We also have a mandatory English language requirement of IELTs 7, or equivalent language qualification, even if you have a UK MA. This qualification should have been taken within the last two years, with a score of at least 7 in all test areas.

Applying for a Studentship

For more information about how to apply and an application form please visit https://www.shu.ac.uk/research/degrees/apply

Guidance on completion of your research proposal: You will need to submit a research proposal outlining the central questions, current knowledge on your topic and context for the enquiry

In the subject field of your e-mail, please write 'CRESR Studentship Application' and e-mail your completed application form and research proposal to [Email Address Removed].

Closing date for applications: 23:00 on 25th November 2022. Late applications will not be accepted.

Please note, at this stage you only need to include the names and contact details for referees, but you should request the references to prevent delays.

Funding Notes

£18,178 + UK home fees £4,596 per year

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