About the Project
ECORISC Partner organisation: Defra
Project Overview: This inter-disciplinary project focuses on how to improve the uptake of scientific advice within policy-making focusing upon the case of chemicals in the environment. The failure to properly consider scientific advice within national chemicals policy has wide-ranging policy and environmental implications, which has particular significance in post-Brexit UK as new domestic approaches to the Regulation, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals (UKREACH) is developed and rolled out. Project outputs will include advice for key policy stakeholders and the ECORISC CDT.
Novelty of the Project: This project is novel in its focus upon post-Brexit UK chemicals policy. It seeks to identify the prospects for designing novel and ambitious regulatory approaches through combining scientific evaluation of chemicals’ regulation with social scientific analyses of stakeholders’ perceptions of how to develop and communicate a more effective risk regulation regime.
Expertise that you would develop: You will receive cutting edge social science training in advanced qualitative and quantitative methods & knowledge exchange so you can critically review and analyse policy documents, present scientific data readily understandable to policy stakeholders, and identify new approaches to overcome current weaknesses in the policy regime.
The ECORISC CDT
This project is one of 12 projects being advertised by the NERC-funded ECORISC (Ecotoxicological Risk Assessment Towards Sustainable Chemical Use) Centre for Doctoral Training programme. More information on the CDT can be found at: https://www.york.ac.uk/environment/postgraduate/ecorisc/. Funding will be provided for 3 years and 10 months. During this time you will work on your research project but will also receive a unique and outstanding training in pollution science and transferrable skills.
Over the first two years of their PhD programme, you will receive subject-specific training, in: i) ecotoxicology; ii) environmental chemistry; iii) ecology; and iv) risk assessment; and v) core skills required for an environmental specialist. Successful completion of this training will result in the award of phase 1 of the Certified Environmental Risk Assessor qualification from the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. The formal training programme will be complemented by yearly residential challenge events, ECORISC annual conferences and tailored specialist skills training conducted as group and individual exercises.
ECORISC students will also be required to undertake two workplace experiences based with our business, policy and regulation, third sector and research organisation partners.
An inclusive CDT programme
Inclusivity is at the heart of the ECORISC programme. We strongly encourage applications from under-represented groups and are employing a number of mechanisms, such as the possibility of part-time working, to ensure the programme is open to all. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process. If you have any questions, then please don’t hesitate to contact us at [Email Address Removed].
Eligibility and Application process
The studentships are open to highly motivated UK and international/EU applicants with at least an upper second class Honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject. Successful applicants will be passionate about environmental pollution science and want their science to make a difference.
To be considered for this and other PhD’s offered under the ECORISC CDT, you should initially complete a short online application form available at: https://cardiff.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/ecorisc-cdt-student-application-2020212. Applications should be submitted before 1700 (British Summer Time) on 16th May. Your will be notified of the outcome of the process by 25th May.
Successful applicants, will be provided with an opportunity to meet with supervisory teams and then be invited to submit a project-specific application form which will be used to shortlist candidates for an interview.
If you have any questions on the ECORISC CDT or the application process, please contact us at [Email Address Removed].
Funding will be provided for 3 years and 10 months. During this time you will work on your research project but will also receive a unique and outstanding training in pollution science and transferrable skills.
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