About the project
To respond to the climate emergency, Sweden plans to double the amount of electricity generated using low carbon technologies such as wind turbines. The MISTRA Electrification research consortium involves both academics and industry partners and aims to create actionable knowledge for a feasible and fair transition to a sustainable, efficient energy system in Sweden. The program of research will help to realise the potential for low-carbon electricity to decarbonise industry, heating and transport; inform decisions taken by government and industry; accelerate Sweden’s progress towards its energy and climate targets; and support mutual learning regarding the unfolding energy transition.
Summary of the role
The post will involve conducting research (including fieldwork in Sweden as appropriate) on citizen engagement with low carbon energy projects. This will encompass (a) work with stakeholders from policy and business sectors exploring assumptions about social acceptability and community objections, as well as (b) work with citizens on low carbon energy technologies (e.g. wind energy projects) in different regional and landscape contexts.
Applicants will possess a relevant PhD in Human Geography, Environmental Psychology or other relevant social science (or equivalent qualification/experience in a related field of study) and possess sufficient specialist knowledge in the discipline to develop research programmes and methodologies. Applicants will be able to extend intellectual understanding on the social acceptability of energy transitions, undertake research of high methodological rigour, write up findings in high quality journal publications and generate impact on policy and practice. You will have the ability to conduct fieldwork in Sweden, work collaboratively with other disciplines, and to communicate effectively with stakeholders.
What we can offer you
- Freedom (and the support) to pursue your intellectual interests and to work creatively across disciplines to produce internationally exciting research;
- Support teams that understand the University wide research and teaching goals and partner with our academics accordingly
- An Innovation, Impact and Business directorate that works closely with our academics providing specialist support for external engagement and development
- Our Exeter Academic initiative supporting high performing academics to achieve their potential and develop their career
- A multitude of staff benefits including sector leading benefits around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 weeks full pay), Paternity leave (up to 6 weeks full pay), and a new Fertility Treatment Policy
- A beautiful campus set in the heart of stunning Devon
For more information, and how to apply, see: ‘Click here’
The closing date for applications is Monday 25th October. Interviews will take place during week commencing Monday November 15th and be conducted online.