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Linking the impacts of climate change on water resources and economic activity in Scotland

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  • Full or part time
    Dr S McGrane
    Dr C White
  • Application Deadline
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  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

The Centre for Doctoral Training in Global Environmental Monitoring and Policy (GEMaP) at the University of Strathclyde invites applications for a fully funded PhD position to study the interconnections between climate change, water resources and the economy of Scotland. This Strathclyde CDT will bring together researchers from interdisciplinary research backgrounds and provide a unique training experience in science, policy, economics and metrology, and provide an opportunity for the successful candidate to work with a cohort of PhD researchers working in related fields.

The impacts of climate change on the global economy are projected to be substantial if we carry on a ‘business as usual’ trajectory, with water scarcity and increased water resource variability likely to be a major factor in global economic losses.

This PhD project will assess the interconnections between water resources and economic activities, seeking to address the challenges that water intensive sectors may face due to climate change. The project will be developed in partnership with the successful candidate to suit their own research interests, and will have the flexibility to use either quantitative or qualitative approaches. This project is open to either an applied economics and policy approach, or a more quantitative climate and water resources modelling approach, depending on the skills and interests of the candidate.

The multidisciplinary project will see the successful candidate engage with economists, policy-makers, earth system scientists and engineers, developing a number of skills in data analysis, economic modelling and geospatial analysis of resource stresses. There will be opportunities to engage with industry, regional and national governments, and technologists through connection to the University of Strathclyde’s Global Environmental Monitoring and Measurement Centre that connects to a number of major international partners, including Stanford University.

For full details on eligibility and how to apply, visit the University of Strathclyde website.

Funding Notes

The scholarship will cover Home/EU fees, and provide an annual stipend of circa £15,000 per annum. International candidates can be considered for the project, if they can provide additional funding to cover the difference between Home/EU and International fees.

Prospective applicants should hold:
- A minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree (2:1) in economics, geography, environmental science or a closely related subject
- A Masters degree (or equivalent) in economics, hydrology, water resources management, environmental science, or a closely related subject
- An interest in climate modelling, economic modelling and/or water resource management at a large scale



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