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Value Chain and Sustainability Assessments of European aquaculture value chains

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    Prof DC Little
    Dr Richard Newton
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  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

The EU has a growing demand for seafood yet with stagnating fisheries and low growth in aquaculture production, it has had to meet demand through increased imports. However, the EU has a desire to increase aquaculture production through sustainable intensification to reduce reliance on imports
In this project, we will conduct simultaneous Value Chain Analyses (VCA) and Life Cycle Assessments (LCA) on the key species of the European aquaculture industry and emerging technologies within the sector which may contribute to sustainable intensification and growth within the sector. Together with project partners across the EU we will conduct surveys of 5 key finfish and 3 shellfish species to collect Value Chain and Life Cycle Inventory data up to consumption and including all major nodes of the value chain; feed production, farming, processing, post-processing and consumption.
As much of this work involves survey work within partner countries, extensive periods of travel will be required in order to collect relevant data. The student will construct models using standard software such as SimaPro using the EcoInvent database and will be expected to contribute to constructing an overall sustainability assessment index including aspects of environmental, economic, social sustainability and welfare in collaboration with project partners.

Funding Notes

This PhD project is fully funded by the EU Horizon2020 programme. We welcome applications from EU citizens with adequate EU residency status.

A first or upper second class degree and master’s degree in aquatic science, environmental science, agricultural science or related areas. High level of numeracy and some experience in modelling. Support will be given in country but good foreign language skills would be desirable.

Applicants are welcome to contact Dr. Richard Newton or Prof. Dave Little for further information
Closing date for applications is the 20th of August and interviews will be held on the 31st August.


Please apply sending the following documents to Dr Richard Newton:
A cover letter
Transcript of the degrees
Reference letters or contact details (email) of two referees

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