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[Met-jobs] PhD studentship at LSE Grantham Research Institute

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Phd Studentship in ‘Nonlinearity, economics and climate change’. Closing date 10th March


This studentship is funded by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC); eligibility criteria may apply


We are advertising for a PhD studentship on nonlinearity, economics and climate change, under the supervision of Dr Simon Dietz and Dr David Stainforth. This will be part of the PhD pathway in Environmental Economics or Environmental Policy and Development, in collaboration with the Department of Geography and Environment.


This project will study economic implications of nonlinearities in the climate system. It combines research in philosophy, nonlinear systems theory, climate modelling and economics.


It will tackle three challenging, highly relevant, yet little-addressed research questions:


How can we describe the behaviour of a nonlinear system like the climate under varying forcing (philosophy and nonlinear-systems theory)?  

What is the basis for ruling out some models as irrelevant to forecasting climate change (climate modelling, economics and philosophy)?

What are the implications of climate nonlinearities for economic decisions (economics and nonlinear-systems theory)?

By better understanding the end-to-end implications of nonlinearity in the climate system, we hope to be able to make a fundamental and novel contribution to our understanding of how to manage climate risk and how to best direct resources to generating policy relevant information about future climate.


This project requires a candidate with a background in quantitative modelling, which may come from economics/related disciplines or from physics/related disciplines.  


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