Supervisors: Dr Chris Foulds and Dr Rosie Robison, Global Sustainability Institute, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK.
Start date: September 2018, fully funded (annual stipend + fee waiver + additional study expenses) for 3 years.
This fully funded PhD explores the critical conditions for enabling local low-carbon energy transitions, particularly through networks of city local authorities (LAs) across Europe. It is in partnership with Energy Cities – the European Association of LAs in Energy Transition – which is a network organisation with a membership of 1,000+ LAs over 30+ countries.
Despite growing recognition in policy circles that cities represent a fruitful means of addressing energy challenges, research is often dominated by studies on national/international policy or, at least, specific cities in isolation. This PhD thus focuses on questions surrounding the roles, capacities, activities and networks of LA energy policymakers, including (but not limited to):
Energy Cities will provide access to its LA network and allow the PhD researcher to undertake ethnography on one or more of its projects. Additional funding has also been allocated to cover expenses for an extended stay at Energy Cities’ offices. It is through this that participant observation and interview data will be collected, with subsequent insights/recommendations being disseminated to European LAs. Findings will also feed into ARU’s work on the EU platform for energy-related social sciences and humanities (SHAPE ENERGY).
The successful candidate will likely have experience of qualitative research methods and hold a relevant social science Masters.