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PhD Studentship: Operationalising Justice in Energy Infrastructure

Cranfield University

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Cranfield
Funding for: Self-funded Students
Funding amount: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time, Part Time
Placed On: 13th November 2023
Closes: 13th February 2024
Reference: SWEE0237

Eligibility & Related Project Details

Fee status of eligible applicants: Any Fee Status (UK/EU & RoW)

Duration of Award if full time preferred*:  3 years

Duration of Award if part time preferred: 6 years

Supervisors- 1st Supervisor: Professor Nazmiye Ozkan   

2nd Supervisor: Dr Elisabeth Shrimpton

Note: external supervisor: TBC

This PhD project aims to design, apply and validate a tool to embed justice concepts into energy and energy-water infrastructure design. The project will operate at the intersection of social science and engineering by engaging with the social and justice spheres that surround changes to infrastructure systems. The goal is to prompt thoughtful and just infrastructure change, maximising the benefits new systems can bring.

This project provides a rare opportunity to work in a truly interdisciplinary and applied setting. The social science investigations envisaged by the project will support engineering and  new infrastructure systems. The project investigations are likely to include:

  • A review of the current articulations of energy, water and infrastructure justice and the extent they meet the requirements of a just transition (leaving no-one behind), future generations, non-Western ideologies, past injustices and the environment.
  • The extent that justice principles form part of ethical and responsible science and engineering practices in relation to infrastructure projects.
  • What questions or tools could be embedded into science and engineering practices to encourage not just sustainable systems but just systems.

The vision is for the justice agenda to be as mainstreamed as concepts such as resilience and sustainability in this field. There is flexibility in how that is achieved, and the student will be given scope to design, and project plan their PhD with those goals in mind. The student will be based at Cranfield University’s Centre for Energy Systems and Strategy and will have access to projects such as HyPT ( Global Hydrogen Production Technologies (HyPT) ),  DeSol (Desolination) , industry contacts as well as the Energy and Water Schools. The PhD could be undertaken full time (3 years) or part-time (6 years).

We also welcome enquiries from students wishing to undertake Masters by Research or PhD study relating to analysis of other aspects of Energy Justice and a Just Transition and would support applications for funded PhD places through the ESRC SENSS Doctoral Training Partnership for October 2024 entry.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a first or second class UK honours degree or equivalent in a related discipline. This project would suit students from a range of backgrounds including social science, law or engineering wishing to undertake social science research. Enquiries are also welcome from potential applicants with relevant experience in the energy or energy-water sectors.

Funding

This is a self-funded project

How to apply

For further information please contact: Professor Nazmiye Ozkan n.ozkan@cranfield.ac.uk or Dr Elisabeth Shrimpton Elisabeth.Shrimpton@cranfield.ac.uk

For information about applications please contact: E: studyenergy@cranfield.ac.uk

If you are eligible to apply for this studentship, please complete the online application form stating the reference number SWEE0237

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