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Making International Climate Cooperation Work: A Quantitative Analysis of Climate Treaty-Making

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Thursday, April 30, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About This PhD Project

Project Description

International relations between countries are often via multilateral agreements. Using climate treaty-making as a pertinent empirical study, this project aims to develop a better understanding of how governments of individual countries make multilateral agreements. Existing models tend to focus on each government’s decision to participate in a treaty, one by one. This is obviously an oversimplification for two reasons: first, in deciding to join an agreement or not, governments will probably be strategic and think about how their own decision affects the likelihood of other countries’ decisions; second, their decision to join an agreement will also depend on which other countries have already joined, and what relation they have with them. These important aspects of treaty-making are currently underexplored. This project seeks to offer a quantitative analysis of international cooperation on climate change by advancing statistical models that are appropriate to capture the above described strategic and social network dynamics. Several governments have already declared a climate emergency, and any successful applicant would not only acquire advanced quantitative methods skills, but would also be trained in using these methods to address a major societal challenge of our time.

Funding Notes

Applicants must meet the following essential criteria:
• Hold an undergraduate degree (at least 2:1/equivalent) or better in a relevant social science subject, including, for instance, international relations, political science, economics, or social statistics
• Demonstrate the ability to undertake independent research
• Have a strong interest in acquiring and/or further developing skills in quantitative research methods and data analysis
• Have basic knowledge in statistical programming or strong interest in acquiring these skills

Students must meet ESRC eligibility criteria. ESRC eligibility information can be found here*:

Award Details:
The scholarship is available as a +3 or a 1+3 programme depending on prior research training. This will be assessed as part of the recruitment process. The programme will commence in September 2020. It includes:
• an annual maintenance stipend at RCUK rate (2020/21 rate £15,285)
• fees at the standard home rate (indicative fee level for 2020/21 £4,407)
• students can also draw on a pooled Research Training Support Grant, usually up to a maximum of £750 per year

Applications will be ranked by a selection panel and applicants will be notified if they have been shortlisted for interview by 4 May 2020. Interviews will take place on 11 May 2020.

All scholarship awards are subject to candidates successfully securing admission to a PhD programme at the University of Strathclyde. Successful scholarship applicants will be invited to apply for admission to the relevant PhD programme after they are selected for funding.

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