PhD Studentship: Environmental Policy, Climate Change Agreements, Governance and Environmental Performance

University of Southampton - Department of Accounting/ Centre for Research in Accounting, Accountability and Governance (CRAAG)

Southampton Business School has studentships available for postgraduate research students admitted full-time onto its PhD programme and commencing their studies in October 2018.

The awards are in the subject area of “Environmental Policy, Climate Change Agreements, Governance and Environmental Performance”.

There has been a considerable amount of global environmental agreements, policies, regulations and acts that have been aimed at managing climate change by improving environmental (carbon) performance through observable reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The recent Paris climate accord/agreement is an epitome of these reforms. However, the extent which the objectives inherent within the global climate change and management agreements can be achieved is arguably contingent on the extent to which owners, managers, directors and executives of public corporations, especially large multinational corporations are willing to engage with the expectations such agreements. Using a global sample of firms and quantitative data relating to climate change agreements, environmental (GHG) policies and environmental (carbon) performance  that will be collected from public databases, such as DataStream, CSMAR, WRDS, Asset4 and KLD, this project will examine the relationship among climate change agreements, corporate environmental policies, governance structures, executive compensation, firm value and environmental performance.

Research in this subject area is currently undertaken by members of the Department of Accounting and the Centre for Research in Accounting, Accountability and Governance (CRAAG)

Please ensure that in the online application form you enter in the dedicated spaces:

  • The title of the research area as “Environmental Policy, Climate Change Agreements, Governance and Environmental Performance”
  • For funding, that you wish to be considered for the 2018/2019 Faculty PGR Scholarship
  • The successful candidate will start on 1 October 2018. The scholarship will offer full tuition fee and maintenance funding for 3 years. The doctoral stipend for 2017/18 is currently £14,000.
  • This studentship is only available for full time programmes and is open to applicants from the UK, the EU and overseas.
  • As part of the application you will be required to submit a CV, research proposal, degree certificate and transcripts, two academic references and proof of English language proficiency.
  • The deadline for applications is 15 February 2018. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be informed of interview arrangements between February and March 2018.
  • The awards will be allocated by end of April, with the outcome being communicated to the candidates in May.

Contact Details for applicant

If you wish to discuss any details of the studentship informally, please contact:

For specific research subject enquiries (i.e. research proposal):

For general programme enquiries:

For general administrative enquiries (i.e. submission of the application online, documents required, deadlines, etc.):

  • Postgraduate Research Admissions, Faculty of Business, Law and Art. Email: Telephone: +44(0)23 8059 2562.

How to apply

To apply please follow the ‘Apply’ link on the following webpage:

PhD Business Studies & Management: 

Please mention reference FBLA-BUS-016 in the scholarship section of your application.

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