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Plastics Pollution, International Environmental Law and Earth System Governance

Project Description

The problems posed by plastics pollution are becoming increasingly obvious to all. At the same time efforts to curb that pollution appear somewhat faltering in nature. Our understanding of the ability of international law to tackle plastics pollution is also somewhat limited. Actions may be taken under a variety of treaties such as the Basel Convention, but questions arise as to how actions to curb pollution interact with provisions under other, seemingly unrelated, regimes such as those governed by the World Trade Organisation? Addressing these questions requires connections to be made between international law and the Earth System Governance agenda. This studentship is focused on these interactions and on the potential pathways to successful/effective regulation of plastics that may be provided through Earth Systems Governance.

Contact Professor Elizabeth Kirk ()

Applicants should have a first or upper second class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant area. Applicants with a relevant Masters degree are particularly welcome. Applicants should possess excellent academic writing and English language communication skills and an ability to work to deadlines.

An application of a 1-page CV, a 1-page covering letter and a 1500-2000 word summary indicating how you would propose to tackle the research issues outlined above, should be emailed to Maureen Young (). Those called for interview will be required to complete an application form and prepare a presentation. Please quote project Reference number in the subject line of the email.

Closing Date: 10th March 2020
Interviews for those called to interview: 1st May 2020
Start Date: 1st of September 2020

Funding Notes

The studentship covers the cost of UK/EU fees and an annual stipend of £15,009 (subject to revision in line with the UKRI PhD stipend rates) for a maximum of 3 years.
Suitably qualified candidates world wide may apply, although international students must self-fund the difference between the International and UK/EU fee rate, which will be £9,667.

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