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[Met-jobs] Fully-funded PhD studentship at the University of Strathclyde, Scotland: ‘Linking the Impacts of Climate Change on Water Resources and Economic Activity in Scotland’ (for UK/EU applicants)

From Christopher White <>
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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 
- 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 <> with 
the support of Dr Chris White in the Department of Civil and Environmental 
Engineering <>.

For further details and how to apply, please see here: <>

For any questions, please contact Dr McGrane <> or 
Dr White <>. 
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: <>
Email: <>
Phone: +44-141-548-4366

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