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What Would A ‘Just Transition’ In Bristol Look Like?

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  • Full or part time
    Dr E Atkins
    Dr J House
  • Application Deadline
    No more applications being accepted
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

About the Project
In November 2018, Bristol declared a ‘climate emergency’ and pledged to be carbon-neutral by 2030. This comes with radical policy implications, with such action likely to have far-reaching and cross-sectoral consequences. However, there is also a danger that such a low carbon transition may create new or exacerbate pre-existing patterns of inequality (Bridge et al. 2013; Balta-Ozkan et al. 2015). Whilst there is tendency to present sustainability transitions as ‘win-win’ scenarios, it is important to pay attention to the differential costs and benefits of these transitions, the different levels of access to decision-making held by diverse people and communities, and different perceptions of both what the issue is and how it should be addressed (Blythe et al. 2017; Blythe et al. 2018; Ajibade 2017).

This project will unpack what Bristol’s 2030 vision may mean for the spatial and social dynamics in the city. Drawing on qualitative research methods, it will engage with local organisations to explore how notions of energy democracy, environmental justice and just transition can provide routes to advance democratisation and participation in the energy and environmental politics of Bristol. In doing so, it will assert the importance of questions of politics, justice and equity in relation to Bristol’s 2030 target.

Why Choose this Opportunity
You will have the opportunity to engage with and build networks between researchers, local community groups and policy-makers across Bristol. In addition, you will work alongside researchers from both the natural and social sciences – gaining extensive experience in interdisciplinary exchange and collaboration – an emergent space of sustainability science.

About You
We welcome applications from candidates with a knowledge of both qualitative research methods and the interactions between environmental policies addressing GHG emissions and urban areas.

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

How good is research at University of Bristol in Geography, Environmental Studies and Archaeology?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 46.45

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