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What Role do Non-state Actors Play in the Response to Climate Change? - MScR in Global Environmental Challenges

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  • Full or part time
    Dr A Dietzel
  • Application Deadline
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  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

About the project
Although states continue to work together to act on climate change, their response has so far been agonizingly slow-paced. With temperatures rising and climactic changes taking hold across the world, it is increasingly apparent that not enough is being done. And yet, there is room for cautious optimism. A growing ‘alternative response’ is taking shape at the non-state level. Cities, corporations, non-governmental organizations, and even individuals are said to have significant potential to contribute to the climate change response. Despite growing academic and policymaker interest in these non-state actors, very little research has been conducted into the actual impact they are having.

Why choose this opportunity?
You will have the opportunity to explore a key area of the climate change response that has so far been under-researched by scholars. In addition, the research is policy-relevant and may open up opportunities for public engagement and/or engagement with policy makers.

About you
An interest in addressing climate change would be useful.

About the programme
The Cabot Institute Masters by Research is a unique opportunity to work with a leading supervisor to deliver a one-year research project that you are passionate about. The programme will bring together exceptional students from all backgrounds with a common mission – protecting the planet and securing our future. As well as learning from your supervisor, you will learn from your fellow students; coming together to share your ideas and developing your problem-solving skills as part of an interdisciplinary team over the year. As well as being hosted within the Cabot Institute you will have a direct relationship within the relevant School for your research area, allowing you to fully take advantage of a wide-ranging research community.
Alongside your research project, you will benefit from a unique personal development and transferable skills training schedule. These unaccredited, optional events will give you the opportunity to come together with your peers to improve your research skills and develop an innovative approach to the global challenges we face today. You will also be encouraged to propose your own interests for a seminar series, giving you a unique platform to mould your studies and get involved directly with the programme. The training schedule will focus on:
• Interdisciplinarity & Collaboration
• Innovation & Enterprise
• Making your research a success
• Research communications
• Ignite your interests (your chance to propose ideas for a seminar series)
You will also gain access to the Cabot Institute’s network of experts across academia, government, business and industry via networking events. These opportunities will not only support your research, but give you the edge in your future career, whatever that may be.

Funding Notes

Programme fees per year:

UK/EU Full time £6950, Part time £3560

Overseas Full time £21700, Part time £11100

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