Two 3 year fully funded PhD studentships in the DEMAND Centre are available to start in January 2014. The Dynamics of Energy Mobility and Demand Centre is a newly established social science led research centre, funded for 5 years by the RCUK energy programme and involving nine University partners and non-academic collaborators. It takes forward a distinctive research agenda investigating the foundations and dynamics of energy demand and the implications for practical interventions to reduce carbon emissions. The studentships based at Lancaster build on and contribute to the themes of the Centre’s research programme: see www.demand.ac.uk for details.
Successful applicants will join a vibrant academic community both at Lancaster and across the DEMAND consortium, including postdoctoral researchers and other PhD students. This will provide many added benefitsin terms of the development of strong academic and non-academic networks and involvement in summer schools, workshops, seminars and reading and writing groups.
The PhD studentships provide an exciting opportunity to bring fresh perspectives to bear on fundamental questions about the social, infrastructural and institutional bases of energy demand and how these change. Ideas and concepts from different traditions – including political science, history, human geography, social theories of practice; normative theory; technology/innovation studies, organisation/management studies – all have a part to play in developing this agenda, and we are keen to attract students with relevant interests and experience across the social sciences.
Each PhD will have two supervisors at Lancaster (for example: Elizabeth Shove, Gordon Walker, Allison Hui, Nicola Spurling), with others from partner Universities potentially involved in supervisory teams.
For more information, see http://www.demand.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/PhD-Studentships-in-the-DEMAND-Centre-sept13.pdf.