The socio-economic and financial implications of hydrogen use for transport and gas supply - Funded PhD Scholarship


Hydrogen and fuel cell technology have the potential to largely contribute to the decarbonization of the energy system. The possible applications to the transport, to the industrial and to the household sectors are receiving increasing attentions from academic researches, business activities, and public authorities. Having the potential to be integrated into all component of the energy system, hydrogen is providing substantial opportunities to decarbonize the energy structure. The overall economic value of its utilization is expected to increase rapidly with spillover effects across activities and employment generation.

The Manchester Fuel Cell Innovation Center is a new £4.1M part funded by European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) research center established by Manchester Metropolitan University. The center with its world-leading academics is working in collaboration with small-medium enterprises and regional institutions to develop the latest catalytic materials and to identify cost-effective application strategies.

The Future Economies research center is an interdisciplinary research center that combines the fields of economics and political economy to analyse the future policy challenges and the related strategies and responses of business, policymakers and civil society. The Green Economies research area of the Future Economies research center is particularly focused to identify how technological development, consumer behavior and macroeconomic policies can be combined to promote a more sustainable economic structure.

The collaboration between the Manchester Fuel Cell Innovation Center and the Future Economies research center will then be oriented to investigate the main drivers, barriers and economic implications of hydrogen uses.

Aims and objectives

The aim of the project is to investigate the main socio-economic and financial implications related to the use of hydrogen in transport and gas supply.
The main objectives will be oriented to:

  • To investigate the potential applications of in the North West of England;
  • To investigate the potential benefits and costs across sectors and activities;
  • To investigate the main socio-economic and financial implications;
  • To work in collaboration with local authorities to identify the most cost-effective and sustainable implementation strategies.

Specific requirements of the project

Experience in the following areas:

  • Energy Economics
  • Energy and Economic Modelling
  • Interdisciplinary approach

Student eligibility

This opportunity is open to UK, EU, and International Applicants.


Informal enquiries can be made to:

Dr Valeria Andreoni – Senior Lecturer Economics,

How to Apply

The quickest and most efficient way to apply for this course is to apply online. This way, you can also track your application at each stage of the process.

Please quote the reference: BL-VA-2019-hydrogen.

Please complete the additional Postgraduate Research Degree Supplementary Informationdocument and upload it to the Student documents section of your online application. This collects important information about your research application and there may be delays if you do not submit this document.

Before you apply, we recommend that you:

  • Contact the relevant Research Degrees Co-ordinator within your chosen area of interest to discuss the project or your ideas.
  • Ensure that you have gathered the necessary supporting documents required and submit them along with your application where possible: references, passport copy, qualification transcripts and certificates, English language proficiency evidence where relevant.

Next Stages of Your Application

We will contact you to let you know the initial outcome of your application, and invite you to attend an interview where appropriate.

Once the university is satisfied with the following, we will send you an offer letter informing you that you have been offered a place of study:

  • Your research proposal
  • The entry requirements have been met
  • You have satisfactory references
  • We have the expertise and resources to be able to supervise you
  • And you have had a successful interview

Some offers may be conditional upon achieving certain grades in your examinations, or successfully completing a particular programme. You must satisfy these conditions before we can confirm your unconditional place.

Closing date

19 August 2019


Interviews will be held in September 2019, with the successful applicant expected to start in October 2019


  • Application deadline: Aug 19, 2019
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Cavendish North, Lower Ormond Street, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, M15 6BX
  • PhD and Postdoc Positions
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