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Understanding impacts of environment-related payments on farm level production and economy through integrated spatial modelling

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Sunday, March 03, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

In the last few decades, farmers have made changes to their farming strategies to accommodate incentives for environmental protection measures. The onset of the UK withdrawal from the European Union and the publication of the UK ‘‘Agricultural Bill’ offers a major change in incentives towards support for environmental outcomes through the introduction of schemes for environmental land management.

These changes bring uncertainty towards farm planning and will impact current production levels. Moreover, environmental related policies will incur large spatial variabilities. Exploring the spatial distribution of these economic and environmental impacts adds to our understanding of prescribed and hypothetical payment structures to improve ex-ante evaluation of policy changes. This PhD aims to develop an integrated model to improve understanding of regional changes in farming systems under environment protection support payments that may incur in the UK post-Brexit.

This represents a collaboration between SRUC and the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) and will be based partly in SRUC, King’s Buildings, Edinburgh and partly in College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies, NUIG. Some of the student’s time will also be spent in University of Nottingham. The student will be registered at NUIG.

Applicants should have a background in quantitative approaches towards modelling. A first degree in a quantitative discipline, preferably with a strong component on mathematical modelling or econometrics is required. An MSc in a subject related to economics or agricultural economics is desirable. The candidate will have demonstrable skills in the analysis and handling of large data sets. The studentship will start on September 9th, 2019. The student will be based partly at King’s Buildings, SRUC in Edinburgh and partly in College of Arts, Social Science and Celtic Studies, NUI in Galway.

Funding Notes

The stipend will be set at UKRI recommended levels for a 3.5 year-period and the studentship is funded to pay domestic tuition fee levels for UK/EU students. The student will receive an annual student stipend of £14,777 (£15,009 in 2019/20). This studentship will fund to pay the tuition fees at home fees rate only. International students must provide evidence of sufficient funds to cover the higher international student tuition fee level (approximately £16,740 per year would be required).

How good is research at SRUC - Scotland’s Rural College in Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science?
(joint submission with University of Edinburgh)

FTE Category A staff submitted: 57.37

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