Real-life Enterprise Resilience in International Water Utilities – PhD Studentship

Cranfield University - School of Water, Energy and Environment

Start Date: 6th Feb
Eligibility: UK, EU, Rest of the world
Duration of award: 3 years
Supervisors: Dr. Simon Jude, Dr. Heather Smith

Sponsored by the Water Research Foundation and 11 international water utilities, this studentship will provide a bursary of up to £17,500 - £ 18,500 p.a. (tax free) plus fees* for three years

An exciting three year fully funded PhD studentship at Cranfield University investigating real-life enterprise resilience in the water utility sector, funded by the Water Research Foundation and 11 international water utilities.

The long term goal of this research, funded by Water Research Foundation and 11 international water utilities, is to further improve the maturity of the water utility sector’s capabilities in risk governance so they can become more resilient enterprises. A principal motivation is the need to maintain the confidence of stakeholders in utilities’ capacity to manage the substantive changes they face; in the short-, mid- and long-term by building genuine organisational resilience to the challenges ahead in the sector. The demonstrable management of risk and opportunity - expressed by a pragmatic and positive organisational commitment to risk management across the portfolio of risks that a utility faces - has become a key requirement of responsible utility management. In addition to this, in recognition of climate adaptation, infrastructure and financial challenges, utilities now find themselves needing to demonstrate resilience across their enterprise. This represents an organisational capability beyond just good risk management. This project will therefore explain what is required and how enterprise resilience can be achieved in practice.

The studentship provides a unique opportunity to work with 11 international water utilities and we are seeking a highly motivated candidate with an interest and aptitude for interdisciplinary research, particularly resilience, risk governance, decision-making, policy and social sciences. The candidate will be a member of the Cranfield Doctoral Network and will receive excellent support in terms of training and mentoring.

For full project details visit https://www.cranfield.ac.uk/research/phd/real-life-enterprise-resilience-in-international-water-utilities-phd

Entry requirements:
Applicants should have a first or second class UK honours degree or equivalent and should be highly motivated an interest and aptitude for interdisciplinary research, particularly resilience, risk governance, decision-making, policy and social sciences. The ideal candidate should have some understanding the water utility sector and the risk and resilience challenges it faces. The candidate should be self-motivated, have good communication skills for regular interaction with other stakeholders, with an interest for industrial research.

Funding:
* To be eligible for this funding we require that applicants are under no restrictions regarding how long they can stay in the UK i.e. have no visa restrictions or applicant has “settled status”. 

How to apply:
For further information please contact: Dr. Simon Jude, E: s.jude@cranfield.ac.uk, T: (0) 1234 4295

If you are eligible to apply for this research studentship, please complete the online application form

For further information contact us today:
Admissions
T: +44 (0)1234 758082
E: studywater@cranfield.ac.uk

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South East England