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Government policies and finance for energy innovation

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  • Full or part time
    Prof J Watson
    Prof M Mazzucato
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  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

The transition to low carbon energy systems will require changes at a speed that is unprecedented in our lifetimes. As international bodies such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the International Energy Agency have argued, these changes will require concerted action to develop and deploy low carbon and energy efficient technologies. This is not only affecting the firms and organisations directly involved, it is also a significant challenge for governments. To what extent can or should governments pursue a more a ‘mission oriented’ approach to energy research, development and demonstration (R,D&D)? Under what conditions and in what ways can they shape or create new markets for clean energy? What is the role of different types of finance, including finance from public sector agencies and state investment banks?

This PhD studentship will investigate the relationship between innovation in energy technologies and systems, finance and government policies. Applicants are invited to propose research topics that fit with this overall theme. Examples could include comparisons of public institutions that provide support for energy R,D&D in the UK and other countries; or research on the relationship between different types of financing institutions and the rate and direction of innovation in the clean energy sector.

The studentship is funded as part of the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC), which was established by the UK Research Councils in 2004. UKERC carries out world-class, interdisciplinary research into sustainable future energy systems from a whole systems perspective. UKERC acts as a focal point of UK energy research, and informs strategies of public, private and third sector organisations.

The studentship is based at SPRU, University of Sussex. SPRU is internationally recognised as a leading centre of research on science, technology and innovation policy. They will also be part of the ESRC Doctoral Training Centre at Sussex.

Funding Notes

Funding for the studentships is for up to three years, full time, and will start in September 2016. Full studentships, including fees and a maintenance allowance (currently £14,057 per annum) are available to applicants eligible for Home/EU fees, and who have been living in the UK for at least three years. EU applicants who have been living in the UK for less than 3 years or are from elsewhere in the EU are eligible for fees-only awards. Full residential eligibility criteria can be found in Annex 1 of the Postgraduate Funding Guide for Accredited Doctoral Training Centres: http://www.esrc.ac.uk/funding-and-guidance/postgraduates/esrc-students/index.aspx

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