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Eco-innovations for Sustainable Consumption - MScR in Global Environmental Challenges

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  • Full or part time
    Prof D Southerton
  • Application Deadline
    No more applications being accepted
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

About the Project
Many eco-innovations promise more sustainable ways of life. Eco-innovations can be technological (such as energy saving lightbulbs, solar panels, electric vehicles, paper straws) or organisational (such as local food networks, online service sharing platforms, car sharing schemes or cycling schemes such as Yo-bike). This project will employ a case study approach of a selected ‘eco-innovation’ and employ a range of methodologies (from content analysis, interviews, participant observation or use of survey data) to critically examine ‘claims’ to its sustainability, how the eco-innovation is expected to ‘diffuse’ across society, and to explore ‘consumer’ uptake.

Why Choose this Opportunity
You will have the opportunity to examine and understand how eco-innovations emerge, spread and to critically assess their potential for achieving sustainability. You will work with a leading scholar in the study of sustainable consumption and innovation transitions. This project is ideal for students interested in a career that seeks to develop innovative ways for fostering sustainable forms of consumption.

About You
Students will benefit from undergraduate training in a social science subject.

About the programme
The Cabot Institute Masters by Research is a unique opportunity to work with a leading supervisor to deliver a one-year research project that you are passionate about. The programme will bring together exceptional students from all backgrounds with a common mission – protecting the planet and securing our future. As well as learning from your supervisor, you will learn from your fellow students; coming together to share your ideas and developing your problem-solving skills as part of an interdisciplinary team over the year. As well as being hosted within the Cabot Institute you will have a direct relationship within the relevant School for your research area, allowing you to fully take advantage of a wide-ranging research community.
Alongside your research project, you will benefit from a unique personal development and transferable skills training schedule. These unaccredited, optional events will give you the opportunity to come together with your peers to improve your research skills and develop an innovative approach to the global challenges we face today. You will also be encouraged to propose your own interests for a seminar series, giving you a unique platform to mould your studies and get involved directly with the programme. The training schedule will focus on:
• Interdisciplinarity & Collaboration
• Innovation & Enterprise
• Making your research a success
• Research communications
• Ignite your interests (your chance to propose ideas for a seminar series)
You will also gain access to the Cabot Institute’s network of experts across academia, government, business and industry via networking events. These opportunities will not only support your research, but give you the edge in your future career, whatever that may be.

Funding Notes

Programme fees per year:
UK/EU Full time £6950, Part time £3560
Overseas Full time £21700, Part time £11100



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