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Climate Tech from the Margins: Towards Emancipatory Technologies for Climate Justice

School of Computing, Engineering & the Built Environment

Glasgow United Kingdom Artificial Intelligence Civil Engineering

About the Project

Reference number: SCEBE/21S/008/MM

Background and Rationale

It is widely recognized that humanity is unlikely to tackle the challenge of climate change without technologies aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, transitioning to a zero-carbon society, and facilitating adaptation. However, critical scholars concerned with climate technology have noted that its use is uneven across society, and that top-down approaches to technology development and deployment frequently lead to benefits for some while negatively affecting others, thus exacerbating socio-economic inequalities. At the same time, this techno-managerial approach to climate tech precludes the incorporation of valuable local knowledge, experiences, and perspectives, particularly from social groups that are marginalized due to their sexual orientation, gender identity, race, colonial status, ethnicity, class, age, and disability, and other categories. This is why new approaches are required in order to minimize these negative implications and ensure technological solutions not only address climate impacts but also contribute to social emancipation and climate justice for all. 

Project details

In light of these critical observations, the Centre for Climate Justice and the School of Computing, Engineering & Built Environment (SCEBE) at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) are soliciting applications for an interdisciplinary, fully-funded 3-year studentship which will combine insights from Science & Technology Studies (STS), Climate Justice, and Intersectionality and address one of the following key areas of interest at SCEBE: 

- Applied games and engaging technologies

- Renewable energy technologies

- Sustainable materials and structures

- Nature-based solutions and Eco-engineering

- Artificial Intelligence + IoT

We are particularly (though not exclusively) interested in proposals focusing on sexual and gender minorities and their role in climate technology development which draw from STS, queer and/or intersectionality theories. We strongly encourage applicants to follow an applied approach which may involve new technology development, testing, piloting, and/or evaluation. 

The successful applicant will be jointly affiliated with the Centre for Climate Justice and one of the relevant research groups at SCEBE. 


Applicants should hold a minimum 2:1 (or equivalent) undergraduate degree in a relevant field, and preferably a Master’s degree or relevant work experience. Experience in interdisciplinary research at the intersection of engineering and social sciences is highly desirable, as is a history of using mixed research methodologies. We enthusiastically welcome applications from members of minorities historically underrepresented in STEM research. 

How to apply

The following documents are required as part of the application:

- Completed online GCU application form

- CV

- Cover letter which explains the applicant’s theoretical and methodological suitability for the project and their long-term career goals

- Research proposal (1,000 words maximum, excluding references), which should include a project background & rationale, objective(s), research questions, methodology, and timeline.

If you have any queries regarding this posting, please contact Dr. Michael Mikulewicz at

To apply, please use the links below, to apply

· As a full-time student:

· As a part-time student:

Bench fees 

Yes, but TBC at a later date based on the selected proposal.

Funding Notes

Competition funded PhD Project A range of funded studentships and fees only scholarships are available to the best candidates. The funded studentships are worth £20,009 per year for 3 years. They cover payment of tuition fees (£4,400 for UK/RUK students or £15,500 for EU/International students) plus an annual stipend of £15,609 for UK students or an annual scholarship of £4,509 for EU/international students. EU/International candidates of outstanding calibre may be awarded a studentship of £31,109 per year covering payment of tuition fees £15,500 and stipend £15,609.
Further details of fees, scholarships and discounts at View Website


Director of Studies
For more information, please contact:
Director of Studies - Dr Michael Mikulewicz
GCU Research Online URL:
2nd Supervisor Name: Dr Craig Thomson
GCU Research Online URL:
3rd Supervisor Name: Dr Neil Crawford
GCU Research Online URL:

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