PhD studentship vacancy at SPERI: Sustainable resource use and economic growth

An exciting opportunity has risen for a Doctoral Researcher to join the SPERI team funded by the Max Batley Grantham Scholarship.

The Max Batley Grantham Scholarship is organised in partnership with the Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures. This studentship is tenable for four years from 1 October 2016 and will be based at the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI), under the principal supervision of Professor Colin Hay. Professor James Wilsdon (Politics), Dr Craig Berry (SPERI) and Professor Peter Horton (Molecular Biology and Biotechnology) will support the project as additional supervisors.

The contemporary global economic crisis and environmental crisis are intimately related. Yet the existing political economy literature has little to say about the relationship between economic growth and environmental sustainability. SPERI is therefore seeking to recruit a doctoral researcher for an innovative, cross-disciplinary research project which explores the economy/environment relationship. At its core, the doctoral research will reflect on a single, disarmingly simple, core research question: what is sustainable resource use and what are its implications for economic growth? A full description of the vacancy is available here in Pdf format.

The studentships cover the cost of home/EU rate tuition fees. Students will receive an annual stipend of £17,335, rising with inflation thereafter. Support for travel and consumables (RTSG) will also be made available at standard rate of £2,627 per annum, with an additional one-off allowance of £1,000 for a computer in the first year.

This studentship would also encompass an extensive training programme, and opportunities for engagement with the public, policy-makers and industry, as part of the Grantham Scholars programme.

Applicants should apply online for admission to the Politics Department’s PhD programme via

Applicants must enclose with their application:

  1. A CV
  2. A research proposal of a maximum of two pages in length. This research proposal will include the scope of the proposed research, relationship to the current literature, the questions to be addressed and research methods to be employed.*
  3. A 200 word supporting statement. Your statement should outline your aspirations and motivation for studying in the Grantham Centre, outlining any relevant experience.

Applications must be received by 7 March 2016. Short interviews with shortlisted candidates will be held via Skype or telephone 24 March 2016 between 09:00 and 12:00 GMT.

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* This would correspond on the online form to the 500-1000 word statement.