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Decarbonisation of gas networks via hydrogen: socially acceptable and fair strategies PhD


School of Water, Energy and Environment (SWEE)

About the Project

Applications are invited for a fully-funded PhD studentship to be undertaken in the Centre of Energy Systems and Strategy at Cranfield University, in the field of decarbonisation of gas networks via hydrogen. This PhD project investigates how hydrogen roll out can be managed in a cost-effective and fair way.

This PhD project will investigate the decarbonisation of gas networks via use of hydrogen and develop hydrogen roll out strategies that are socially acceptable and fair to support UK’s meeting of Climate Change Act goals.

The successful candidate will work within Cranfield’s well-established Centre for Energy Systems and Strategy where we conduct whole systems research on transition to low carbon economy using spatially explicit, socio-technical frameworks and methods. Our research is funded by EPSRC, NERC, UK government and the European Commission.

The student will define the research questions and plan, review literature and conduct independent research, report progress and disseminate results in high-impact journals, conferences and workshops. At the end of the PhD project, the student will be expected to develop novel insights to inform research and policy on how hydrogen roll out can be managed in a cost-effective and fair way.

The project will support the student to conduct a placement at Cadent Gas to learn gas network planning and operation at an industrial scale as well as replacement of pipes and associated network management devices. The student will have opportunity to understand the policy context concerning hydrogen development by engaging directly with the Committee on Climate Change. There will be opportunities for the successful applicant to attend training and networking activities of EPSRC Sustainable Hydrogen Centre for Doctoral Training. Funding is available for the student to attend international conferences, workshops and network meetings. The student will have opportunity to work with experts from the real industry.


Entry requirements
Applicants should have a first or upper second class UK honours degree, or equivalent, in a related discipline, such as Human Geography, Sociology and Psychology or any other relevant social science and humanities based subject. The successful candidate will have a good understanding in the fields of energy policy, science and technology studies, energy transitions, as well as have familiarity with spatial analysis tools, such as Arc GIS.

Funding Notes

Sponsored by EPSRC - Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council through the Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) scheme and industrial partners Cadent Gas Ltd and the Committee on Climate Change.

This PhD studentship will cover full Cranfield University UK/EU tuition fees and Stipend of approximate £18,000 per year (tax-free) for three years. Additional support is available towards further research expenses, such as travel and subsistence for research visits and conferences.

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