What you get
The PhD studentships are offered for a maximum of three years, renewable on a yearly basis, subject to satisfactory performance on the doctoral degree. The successful candidate will receive a full fee waiver plus a stipend equivalent to the UKRI doctoral stipend, currently £18,622 per annum, paid each year in three termly instalments (typically in October, January and April). In order to prepare students for academic careers, individuals receiving a studentship will be offered the possibility to undertake some teaching and/or marking activities in the School, of up to a maximum of six hours per week during term time, or to apply for any part-time Research Assistant roles that may become available. Any teaching undertaken will be paid at grade 6 of the University’s Doctoral Tutor salary scale in addition to the stipend.
The research area:
This PhD studentships will explore accelerating policies or other interventions to halt and reverse climate change by bringing together academic research, insights from corporate executives, entrepreneurs, scientists and engineers, and engaging directly with policymakers. The Bennett Centre’s innovative approach thus represents a paradigm shift which will:
- set a new pace for policy change that is based on scientific evidence gathered, synthesised and provided to policymakers;
- proactively address the climate crisis with unparalleled speed, whilst retaining scientific rigour;
- operate with great agility to respond to unforeseen geosocial and political crises arising from climate change, including new patterns of migration and food scarcity;
- transcend short-term political agendas and party-political boundaries;
- collaborate with governments and NGOs internationally, to ensure policy change on the global scale required to effectively address these grand challenges.
- Climate change has major implications for global health, innovations, population health outcomes, in particular and more broader disease conditions and one studentship would likely focus on these issues.
Research excellence will be coupled with shaping policy and impact, with clear and actionable reports directly delivered to policymakers while meetings will be held regularly with key stakeholders. An annual Policy Acceleration Summit will provide a critical platform for the exploration and recommendation of evidence-driven targets, and a review of progress against those targets.
Possible topics for research projects include:
- changes in sustainability behaviour and practice, both locally and globally;
- net-zero industry policies in heavy industry, production and manufacturing processes;
- policies that bring about energy and climate justice, at all scales;
- conceptualizing “acceleration” and generating a framework for rapid, deep, sustained sociotechnical change;
- identification of other areas of social importance (food security, poverty, migration, national security) in need of innovation and policy acceleration and techniques to address them.