Please use reference number: SCEBE/22S/002/TJ
This project is available as a 3 years full-time PhD study programme with expected start date of 1 October 2022
The next 10 years will be crucial for the global drive to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. There is growing consensus that mitigation of these emissions should happen in accordance with the principles of just transition. A just transition towards ‘clean’ energy does not put a disproportionate economic and social burden on workers and communities dependent on the fossil fuel industry for their livelihoods, and supports households and communities that are least capable of adopting new technologies and energy systems.
Mitigation of GHGs will require significant mobilisation of scientific knowledge, technological innovation, financial resources, professional expertise, and civil society. However, rather than a solely technical challenge, a just transition will also be driven by socio-economic factors that affect adoption of technological solutions, and generate cascading effects of this adoption on society. This process can be facilitated greatly by creative technological solutions that stem from interdisciplinary collaboration between natural sciences, social sciences, health sciences and engineering.
The Centre for Climate Justice at Glasgow Caledonian University conducts research and educational activities on climate justice with the goal of promoting challenging conversations on the societal impacts of climate change and gain deeper insights of climate inequality. The Centre is based at the School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment (SCEBE) specializing in Applied Computer Games, Applied Science, Civil Engineering & Environmental Management, Computing, Construction & Surveying, Cyber Security & Networks, Electrical & Electronic Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.
Building on work already completed by the Centre for Climate Justice and in collaboration with the research centres for SMART Technology and Built Environment Asset Management, this project will focus on the concept of just transition through technology development/adoption, broadly defined, that address relevant issues in key sectors/issues: energy, health, social work, economic development or water & agriculture.
The successful candidate will have a First-Class or 2:1 Honours degree and a Master’s degree (Merit or higher) in a field relevant to the research proposal. They will have demonstrable experience of successful interdisciplinary collaboration on research projects pertaining to climate or environmental issues.
Candidates must include an outline of their ideas on linking broadly defined technology/technological development & adoption with just transition (via the ‘research proposal’ section of the application form; maximum of 750 words excluding references).