This 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) and national oil companies (NOCs), as well as the wider supply chain. Pressure from the financial community, environmental NGOs and shareholders is forcing oil companies to consider the impact of climate change on their future business prospects. The aim of this research studentship is to examine the various responses of the oil and gas industry as it seeks 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. Applicants are asked to put forward their own proposal for PhD research within this broad area of ‘Managing the Energy Transition.’ The proposal must make clear how the proposed research will draw on theories and methods in Business and Management, as well as related fields of energy research in the social sciences.
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 full-time scholarship covering Home/EU fees plus a stipend of approximately £15,300 per annum subject to confirmation of RCUK rates. Non-Home/EU applicants are eligible to apply but they will have to cover the fee differential between the Home/EU fee and the overseas fee).
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.