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WBS PhD Studentship Available on ‘The Future of the International Oil Company’ Commencing in October 2019

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    Prof M Bradshaw
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  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
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About This PhD Project

Project Description

This WBS studentship is linked to a research project on the ‘Geopolitical Economy of Energy System Transformation’ that is being funded by the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC - as part of a programme of research on UK Energy in Global Context. This is an exciting opportunity to conduct research leading to a PhD in Business and Management at WBS. The project is located within the Strategy and International Business Group and will be supervised by Professor Michael Bradshaw and Professor David Elmes.

In the post-Paris Agreement world, there is growing recognition that the need to decarbonise the global energy system presents an existential threat to the established international oil companies (IOCs). Pressure from environmental NGOs and shareholders is forcing oil companies to consider the impact of climate change mitigation on their future business prospects. The aim of this research studentship is to examine the various responses of the IOCs as they seek strategies to deal with what is being called ‘transition risk.’ The successful candidate will work within a multi-disciplinary research team based at Warwick, Durham and UCL. They will also have an opportunity to attend various UKERC events.

Skills Required

A good knowledge in one of the following fields: strategy and international business, economic geography, international political economy. It would also be advantageous if the student had an understanding of the global energy system. The student is expected to have good communication skills, and willingness to participate in a multi-disciplinary research team.

Scholarship details

4 year scholarship covering Home/EU fees plus a stipend of approximately £15,009 per annum subject to confirmation of RCUK rates

Minimum entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class honours degree from a British university, or an equivalent from an overseas university; plus a relevant masters degree ideally with a distinction in the dissertation.

Application deadline: 25th July 2019

For informal queries please contact Professor Michael Bradshaw at: [Email Address Removed].
For enquiries on how to apply please contact the Doctoral Programme Office at [Email Address Removed] or +44 (0)24 7652 4754, or start your application online at

Your application must include a supporting research proposal (approximately 2,000 words) about your initial research ideas and how you would approach the topic of the ‘Future of the International Oil Company’. Click here for further information on thesupporting documentation to accompany your submission.:

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