International Society for Industrial Ecology

PhD and Postdoc Opportunities - University of Leeds

05 Apr 2017 4:11 PM | Preeth Srinivasaraghavan (Administrator)

Title: PhD and Postdoc Positions

Institution: Sustainability Research Institute, School of Earth & Environment, University of Leeds

Location: Leeds, UK

Deadline: 

  • PhD: April 28, 2017
  • Postdoc: May 22, 2017

Project Summary

The Living Well Within Limits (LiLi) project is an ambitious interdisciplinary programme, addressing crucial but understudied questions: What are the biophysical resources, more specifically energy, required to achieve human well-being? What influence do social and technical provisioning systems have on the levels of resource use associated with well-being? The LiLi project’s ambitious aim is to construct the conceptual and methodological framework upon which this type of research can be carried forward, and to apply it using both quantitative and qualitative methods to analyse and model the energy requirements of well-being. The LiLi project is based on an innovative framework (shown below), integrating biophysical resource use, the social and physical provisioning systems which draw up on these resources as inputs, and the social outcomes which depend upon them.

PhD: This PhD project within LiLi will principally pursue quantitative analysis at the international level. The analysis should focus on explaining the role of provisioning systems in explaining variations and trends in the “environmental efficiency of well-being”.

Postdoc: You will be working in collaboration with other researchers within the LiLi project within the School of Earth and Environment’s Sustainability Research Institute (SRI) and will also be a member of a cross-faculty research group concerned with the political economy of technology and infrastructure, coordinated by Professor Andrew Brown of the Economics Division of Leeds University Business School. There will also be opportunities to contribute to wider research and teaching initiatives across the School of Earth and Environment, Faculty of Environment, and University.

The research consists in in depth analysis of the systems that provision electricity in at least 6 countries, highlighting performance in terms of access, affordability and equity, and effectiveness in terms of human need satisfaction. You should have (or be close to obtaining) a PhD in the field of economics, political economy or economic geography, the social science of energy systems, or a closely allied discipline and a strong background in a relevant field of economics, political economy, or economic geography. You will have excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of stakeholders.

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