About the Project
This PhD project aims to identify how the fields of IA and TA can collaborate to ensure that the anticipated impacts of the fourth industrial revolution are understood, and are considered by decision-makers. The specific objectives are:
1) To identify the enablers and barriers to the institutionalisation of TA.
2) To determine how TA methods and techniques can be incorporated into mandatory IA processes.
3) To evaluate the effectiveness of a modified IA process as a basis for improving decision making.
The research will help to develop a number of skills including:
• Research design
• Expert elicitation
• Stakeholder engagement
• Documentary analysis
• Interview techniques
The student will be embedded in the 3S (Science, Society and Sustainability) research group (https://3sresearch.org/) within the School of Environmental Sciences.
UK candidates who are eligible for Research Council studentships and who develop their own research proposals on this topic are able to apply for ESRC funding for 2020/21 entry. Please see http://senss-dtp.ac.uk/ for more information and contact Alan Bond ([Email Address Removed]) if you are eligible.
Project supervisor: https://people.uea.ac.uk/alan_bond
Mode of study: Full time
Start date: October 2020
Entry requirements: First degree (2:1 or above) in Environmental Sciences, Geography, Ecology, Social Sciences or Planning.
A bench fee is also payable on top of the tuition fee to cover specialist equipment or laboratory costs required for the research. Applicants should contact the primary supervisor for further information about the fee associated with the project.
Porter, A L (1995), "Technology Assessment", Impact Assessment, 13(2), pages 135-151.
Retief, F, A Bond, J Pope, A Morrison-Saunders and N King (2016), "Global megatrends and their implications for environmental assessment practice", Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 61, pages 52-60.
Schwab, K (2016), "The Fourth Industrial Revolution: what it means, how to respond", available at , last accessed 10 May 2019.
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