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University of Strathclyde

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Glasgow
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 21st February 2024
Closes: 20th May 2024
 

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Project title: “Smart and fair? The (in)justices of smart, low-carbon energy solutions for UK homes”

Project summary: Affordable smart low-carbon solutions therefore need to be implemented more swiftly, and at greater scale, if the UK is to achieve net-zero. Where progress is being made, it is often higher-income, owner occupier households that are driving adoption and enjoying the reductions in bills they afford. This PhD examines where (in)justices currently reside in the UK’s deployment of smart, low-carbon solutions, and the underpinning factors responsible for these. It aims to identify and stress-test the types of market and policy interventions that could tackle smart energy injustices and help to ensure that all households are able to benefit from the smart energy revolution.

Deadline: 3rd April 2024

Duration: 36 months

Funding: Funded

Funding towards:

  • Home fee
  • Stipend -UKRI stipend rate for UK students.
  • Travel costs
  • Research training
  • Data collection

Funding details: Fully-funded scholarship for 3 years covers all university tuition fees (at UK level) and an annual tax-free stipend. International students are also eligible to apply, but they will need to find other funding sources to cover the difference between the home and international tuition fees. Exceptional international candidates may be provided funding for this difference. 

The PhD is part-funded in partnership by National Energy Action (NEA) – the UK’s leading fuel poverty charity - and examines where (in)justices currently reside in the UK’s deployment of smart, low-carbon solutions, and the underpinning factors responsible for these and Affordable Warmth Solutions (AWS) with contribution from the Malcolm Wicks Memorial Fund.

Number of places: 1

Number of places extra: There will be a shortlisting and interview process.

RCUK eligibility: No

Selection criteria

  • A background in social science (business and management, economics, sociology or any other cognate discipline) with a first or 2:1 UK Honours degree, or overseas equivalent. We also welcome applicants with an engineering or science background, who demonstrate a strong interest in the topic.
  • A Masters degree or equivalent work experience in a relevant subject will be strongly preferred.
  • A strong understanding of:
    • Energy markets, business models, policy and regulation
    • Energy and social justice
    • Low-carbon and smart energy solutions
    • Fuel poverty
  • Excellent analytical skills and a demonstrable aptitude to undertake research and develop into an independent researcher
  • Excellent qualitative research methods, especially documentary analysis, interviews, workshop and/or focus groups. Also, quantitative skills to manipulate larger datasets and undertake basic statistics are desirable.
  • Excellent written and oral English language skills (see the application page for minimum test scores if English is not your first language).
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a proven ability to build strong working relationships.

Primary Supervisor: Professor Matthew Hannon

Additional Supervisor/s: Dr Iain Cairns

Further information: If there is any further information related to the opportunity you would like to include, please use this space to do so.

Contact Details: matthew.hannon@strath.ac.uk

Publication Date: ASAP

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