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Socio-economic analysis of soilless cultivation for rapid bioenergy feedstock production


   Centre for Environment and Sustainability

  Dr Lirong Liu,  Friday, July 22, 2022  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Reaching Net-Zero greenhouse gas emissions requires extensive changes across the UK economy, where energy innovation is playing a vital role. This project is about a rapid alternative cultivation system for dedicated bioenergy feedstocks. This innovation will bring socio-economic benefits on different scales and under different scenarios. We will understand the profitability of this technology with consideration of life-time revenues and costs. We will quantify the socio-economic benefits of this technology in the UK through an innovative UK-based Computable General Equilibrium model. The expected indicators are GDP, job creation, social welfare, GHG reduction.

We are looking for committed and enthusiastic applicants with knowledge of socio-economic system and biomass feedstock production. Coding experience in MATLAB or GAMS and research experience with Input-Output Analysis or Computable General Equilibrium model is desirable.  

The successful applicant will be supervised by Dr Lirong Liu and will be based at the Centre for Environment and Sustainability. We have a vibrant, interdisciplinary research community tackling the biggest issues faced by society globally and host high profile guest lectures from government and industry. You will receive comprehensive research training and opportunities to participate in conferences, workshops, and seminars to develop professional skills and research network.

Supervisors: Dr Lirong Liu, Dr Zoe M Harris.

This project is open to UK and international students starting in July or October 2022.

Entry requirements

Applicants are expected to hold a first or upper-second class degree in a relevant discipline (or equivalent overseas qualification), or a lower second plus a good Masters degree (distinction normally required).

English language requirements: IELTS Academic 6.5 or above (or equivalent) with 6.0 in each individual category, or equivalent. More about our English language requirements.

How to apply

Applications should be submitted via the Environment and Sustainability PhD programme page on the "Apply" tab. Please clearly state the studentship title and supervisor on your application.

Please prepare to include your CV, degree certificates and transcripts, 2 reference contacts. Please upload a cover letter detailing your suitability to the role under the research proposal section. Applications without cover letters will not be considered.


Funding Notes

Full tuition fee waiver p.a. Stipend at UKRI rates p.a. (currently at £15,609). Research Training Support Grant of £3,000 to cover the funded period. Funded by the University of Surrey.

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