PhD Studentship: Life Cycle Assessment of soil management to fight climate change

Cranfield University

Eligibility: UK, EU
Application Deadline: ASAP
Start Date: ASAP
Duration of award
: 3 years
Ref: SWEE0017

Cranfield Supervisors:
Dr.  Pietro Goglio
Dr. Adrian Williams

External supervision from:

Prof. Matt Williams, University of Edinburgh

Dr Saran Sohi, University of Edinburgh

Sponsored by NERC, this studentship will provide a bursary of up to £14553 (tax free) plus fees* for 3 years

This PhD studentship is part of the NERC-funded Soils-R-GGREAT project. The PhD focuses on the consequential Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of managing agricultural and forestry systems through increased soil carbon and biochar addition, worldwide. This PhD offers a unique opportunity to interact with a range of several leading universities to tackle and fight climate change.

You will work within the SOILS-R-GGREAT project which aims at assessing the soil management to tackle climate change.   

During the PhD, you will also investigate possible approaches for robust, fast and systematic data collection for large Life Cycle Inventory datasets. You will also learn and apply extensively the tools models and techniques necessary to carry out consequential LCA in the agricultural and forestry sectors. The studentship will also offer the opportunity to explore the technical challenges of carrying out a consequential LCA at global scale.

You will be based at Cranfield University with frequent interactions with the Universities of Edinburgh and Aberdeen, and SRUC. You will contribute to some data collection of agricultural and forestry systems.

You will also liaise with other partners overseas to derive better data quality for different regions of the world.

Your research constitutes a striking contribution in the field of LCA of land based greenhouse gas removal GGR and it will allow you to develop an expertise in assessing technologies to fight climate change and increase sustainability of the world economy. 

You will be based with the GGRA team at the Cranfield Environmental and Agricultural Informatics (CEAI), which is part of the School of Water, Energy, and Environment and Agri-Food (SWEE). You will be part of the (Greenhouse Gas Removal from the Atmosphere) GGRA team together with other staff. 

Entry requirements:

You should have a first or upper second class UK honours degree or equivalent in a related discipline, such as agricultural science, soil sciences, applied mathematics or economics. If you are expecting to have a degree, you are still eligible under the conditions that the degree is obtained by January 2018. Some experience and knowledge on LCA is required. You should be confident with modelling and database management. Ideally you should have some experience in publishing either by submitting a scientific publication, a poster or full paper in proceedings of a national or international conference as a first or co-author. You should be highly interested in holistic approaches, sustainability and climate change.


The PhD funding is eligible to UK and EU nationals, residents in UK and EU.

How to apply:

For further information please contact: Dr. Pietro Goglio, E:, T: (0) 1234 750111 Ext: 4293; skype: p.goglio

If you are eligible to apply for this research studentship, please email Dr Pietro Goglio

For further information:
School of Water, Energy, Environment and Agrifood
T: 44 (0)1234 758008

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