|From||Christopher White <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date||Sat, 4 May 2019 15:19:48 +0000|
Global water resource systems are the pathway via which some of the worst impacts of climate change will be transmitted to society and our critical economic sectors. Hydrometeorological extremes, such as droughts and floods, will have increasingly profound consequences on key sectors and their supply chains. The impacts of climate change on the global economy are projected to be substantial if we carry on a ‘business as usual’ trajectory, with water scarcity and increased water resource variability likely to be a major factor in global economic losses. This PhD project will analyse the interconnections between water resources and economic activities, seeking to address the challenges that water intensive sectors may face as a consequence of climate change. Initially, this project will focus on the Scottish economy, analysing the interlinkages between water resources and economic outputs at multiple spatial scales. The project will combine economic data analysis, water resource mapping, climate change projections and economic and policy modelling exercises to assess the potential economic impacts of a “shock” to the available water resources in Scotland. This multidisciplinary project will see the successful candidate engage with economists, policy-makers, earth system scientists, and engineers, developing a number of skills in data analysis, economic modelling and geospatial analysis of resource stresses. There will be opportunities to engage with industry, regional and national governments and technologists through connection to the University of Strathclyde’s Global Environmental Monitoring and Measurement Centre that connects to a number of major international partners, including Stanford University in the USA. The academic supervisors, Dr Scott McGrane and Dr Chris White at the University of Strathclyde, have combined technical expertise in water resource analysis, climate change and natural hazards, economic modelling and environmental policy assessment. This ensures successful development of the student’s skills through this work, and the production of robust, transparent and academically important output. Additionally, the lead supervisor Dr McGrane is based in the Department of Economics, home of the Fraser of Allander Institute, which is a leading impartial economic research institute and has a supportive culture for policy relevant applied research, high impact dissemination channels and an international reputation in economic modelling. This PhD scholarship is being funded as part of an exciting new Centre for Doctoral Training programme at the University of Strathclyde in Global Environmental Monitoring and Policy (GEMaP). This programme will bring together researchers from interdisciplinary research backgrounds and provide a unique training experience in science, policy, economics and metrology, and provide an opportunity for the successful candidate to work with a cohort of PhD researchers working in related fields. This scholarship and will cover UK/EU fees, and provide an annual stipend of circa £15,000 (full time) per annum. International candidates can be considered for the project, providing they can provide additional funding to cover the difference in fees. The studentship has eligibility criteria as outlined below: - A minimum of a UK equivalent upper second-class honours degree (2:1) in economics, geography, environmental science or a closely related subject - A Masters degree (or equivalent) in economics, hydrology, water resources management, environmental science, or a closely related subject - An interest in climate modelling, economic modelling and water resource management at a national scale - An ability to undertake independent research - Evidence of, or willingness to, work with stakeholders including private business, local and national government and scientific research organisations (Desirable) - Preference will be given to candidates with experience of data acquisition and data analysis/programming skills (e.g., R, Python, or MATLAB) - Experience of using GIS systems (e.g., ArcGIS, GRASS, QGIS) would be advantageous, but not essential - Candidates who are not native English speakers will be required to provide evidence for their English skills (such as by IELTS or similar tests approved by UKVI, or a degree completed in an English speaking country) The successful candidate’s supervision will be led by Dr Scott McGrane in the Department of Economics < https://www.strath.ac.uk/staff/mcgranescottdr/> with the support of Dr Chris White in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering <https://www.strath.ac.uk/staff/whitechristopherdr/>. For further details and how to apply, please see here: < https://www.strath.ac.uk/studywithus/postgraduateresearchopportunities/businesspgropportunities/economicspgropportunities/cdtimpactsofclimatechangeonwaterresourcesandeconomicactivityinscotland/> For any questions, please contact Dr McGrane < email@example.com> or Dr White <firstname.lastname@example.org>. ----- Dr Chris White Senior Lecturer & Director of Postgraduate Research Centre for Water, Environment, Sustainability and Public Health Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering University of Strathclyde Web: <https://www.strath.ac.uk/staff/whitechristopherdr/> Email: <email@example.com> Phone: +44-141-548-4366
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