PhD Studentship: Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in Power Network Operation (A Study of the Wholesale Electricity Market)

The University of Manchester - EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Power Networks

Supervisors: Dr P Fenn, Dr I Stewart.

Application Deadline: Applications accepted all year round.


Electricity is unique in that it is impractical to store efficiently in any large amount; wholesale markets have developed innovative ways to accommodate this. As a result the potential for complex disputes is huge and similar innovative ways to resolve disputes must be developed. This project will examine the techniques, e.g. the Australia Energy Regulator developed a dispute resolution adviser; and techniques from other sectors will be considered, e.g. Mechanical and Civil Engineering; the supervisor is an arbitrator, mediator, and adjudicator.

Funding Notes

Funding covers tuition fees and annual maintenance payments of £17,500. Students with a first class/2.1 degree (or equivalent), with a background in engineering and physical sciences and humanities, are encouraged to apply.

UK / EU eligible candidates only (EU residents who have been resident in the UK for a minimum of 3 years).

Applications will be reviewed as they are received until a candidate is selected; therefore candidates are encouraged to apply early.

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