About the Project
What are the main economic and social costs that are associated with the use of anaerobic digestion technologies to convert organic waste into chemicals and materials?
What key factors that influence firm or society’s strategic decisions when adopting anaerobic digestion technologies?
What potential new markets (both domestic and global) would be generated as a result of increased volume of chemicals produced through the use of anaerobic digestion technologies and how might the adoption of these new technologies disrupt existing chemical markets?
To answer these questions, a detailed Cost-Benefit Analysis will be applied to new technologies to evaluate the potential net economic benefits of the new technologies and to explore the impacts of cost reductions e,g, associated with learning by doing. To provide an analysis of the incentives for firms to adopt the new technologies this framework will be extended to allow for risk. The exploration of the potential disruptive impact of the new technologies at the market level may consider the impact on prices, market shares and social welfare associated with wide-scale adoption by applying both analytical and simulation methods.
The successful applicant is expected to have (or be close to graduating with) an MSc in Energy Economics or Economics or in a related area e.g. an MSc in engineering with significant prior training in economics and management, and to have evidence of research potential. S/He will need to have an interest in the broader energy issues and will be expected to work in an interdisciplinary environment
Formal applications can be completed online: https://www.abdn.ac.uk/pgap/login.php
• Apply for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Economics
• State the name of the lead supervisor as the Name of Proposed Supervisor
• State ‘Leverhulme CDT in Sustainable Production of Chemicals and Materials’ as the Intended Source of Funding
• State the exact project title on the application form
Selection will be made on the basis of academic merit.
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