A research group of the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers)
Funded PhD Studentship in low carbon vehicle ownership
23rd Mar 2015
Fully funded ESRC PhD studentship “The dynamics of household low carbon vehicle ownership and use”
School of Geosciences, Department of Geography and Environment, University of Aberdeen Supervised by Professor Jillian Anable and Dr Caitlin Cottrill
Application deadline: Sunday 5th April, 2015
This funded three year ESRC studentship (funded for EU citizens only) will focus on what happens to mobility patterns and energy demand in the home once a low carbon or alternatively fuelled vehicle is acquired.
This project will focus on the dynamic interaction between the new technology and patterns of use by applying a socio-technical perspective to the household adoption of low carbon vehicles. It will examine changes in mobility-related energy demand linked to changes in travel patterns and changes in domestic energy use related to vehicle charging or other related behaviour adaptations. The project might apply longitudinal statistical and/or ethnographic approaches with households as they acquire and assimilate an ultra-low carbon vehicle as a first, additional or substitute car.
This studentship will be linked to the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) (www.ukerc.ac.uk ), which is the largest inter-disciplinary energy investment of the UK Research Councils’ Energy Programme. The primary objective of UKERC Phase 3 is to explore the UK energy transition in an uncertain world and the synergies and trade-offs between the key drivers for this transition. The studentship will be funded by ESRC through the Scottish Graduate School of Sciences (SGSSS http://www.socsciscotland.ac.uk) through the accredited pathway for Environment, Climate Change and Energy.
Eligibility for funding
We are only able to accept applications from EU citizens, resident in the EU. Funding eligibility is according to esrc criteria (i.e. fees and living expenses for UK students; fees only for other EU students). http://www.esrc.ac.uk/_images/ESRC-Postgraduate-Funding-Guide-DTCs_tcm8-28310.pdf. The studentship will cover tuition fees and for UK residents will also provide a maintenance grant of ~£13,590 per year for 3 years.
Applicants must hold a first class or upper second class honours degree from a UK university, or the overseas equivalent, or a Master’s degree with commendation or distinction. Degree qualifications gained from outside the UK, or a combination of qualifications and/or experience that is equivalent to a relevant UK degree, may be accepted.
We are open to high quality proposals from people with a strong background in any area of the social sciences. Methodologies could include micro or macro-level statistical methods as well as in depth qualitative work. The strongest candidates will have a proven aptitude for combining quantitative and qualitative methodological and analytical approaches.
For further information on eligibility see: http://www.esrc.ac.uk/_images/ESRC-Postgraduate-Funding-Guide-DTCs_tcm8-28310.pdf
How to make an application
Applicants in the first instance are encouraged to contact Professor Jillian Anable by email (email@example.com) or phone: 01227 273795.
Applications should be made through the University of Aberdeen website at at http://www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.aspx?PJID=60973 and http://www.abdn.ac.uk/cops/graduate/phd-vacancies-347.php
Closing date for online applications – 5th April 2015 As this is a funded studentship, it is expected that there will be a subsequent competitive process with interviews held in late mid April 2015.