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PhD in Economics: The Regional and National Economic Effects of Sustainable Intensification, Cardiff University, UK

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August 28, 2015

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About the PhD Studentship

Applications are invited for a prestigious 3 year full- time PhD Economics studentship, based in Cardiff Business School at Cardiff University, commencing 1 October 2015.

This award is generously funded by the National Research Network for Low Carbon Energy and the Environment. It is available as a 39 month award only, for the research phase of PhD Economics. The PhD research would be part of a wider project involving Bangor University and Aberystwyth University (Dr James Gibbons, Dr David Styles, Dr Jon Moorby) examining a life cycle assessment of the environmental and economic effects of dairy and beef production consolidation pathways. Further details are available in a project summary by request from Professor M. Munday. The PhD studentship (The regional and national economic effects of sustainable intensification) will focus on modelling the national and regional economic impacts of different dairy and beef consolidation and intensification scenarios. Applicants must have already successfully completed economics research methods training in the form of an ESRC-recognised MSc Economics and possibly an ESRC-recognised MRes Advanced Economics, and will ideally have received training in economic modelling techniques including general equilibrium theory.

Project title: The regional and national economic effects of sustainable intensification

The PhD is part of a wider project “Consequential life cycle assessment of environmental & economic effects of dairy and beef consolidation and intensification pathways” (CLEANER COWS). The CLEANER COWS project will examine sustainable intensification of dairy production at a UK level taking into account possible indirect land use change in other countries associated with feed imports, and is expected to generate high-impact results of international significance relating to agricultural policy and farm management. The project team combines expertise in farm-scale life cycle assessment (Bangor University), animal husbandry (Aberystwyth University) and economics (Cardiff University).

The successful candidate will seek to examine the regional and national economic consequences of different farm consolidation pathways and sustainable intensification interventions. Ideally the candidate will have a good understanding of stochastic general equilibrium modelling and input-output modelling frameworks. Experience of DSGE and/or CGE modelling, and an interest in rural economic development and rural economy, would be desirable.

Funding

This studentship consists of full UK/EU tuition fees, as well as a Doctoral Stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum (£14,057 p.a. for 2015/16, updated each year).

The studentship is very generously funded by National Research Network for Low Carbon Energy and the Environment (NRN-LCEE).

Additional funding of the value £3000 p.a. for travel, conferences and IT equipment is available.

One studentship is available.

Eligibility

Residency: This studentship is open to students of any nationality. Students classified as international for fee purposes have to self-fund the difference between home and international fees.

Academic criteria: Applicants must have already successfully completed economics research methods training in the form of an ESRC-recognised MSc Economics (or closely related). In addition, it would be advantageous if students have an ESRC-recognised MRes Advanced Economics.

How to Apply

In the first instance, you should submit a CV & Covering Letter by email to Ms Elsie Phillips atPhillipsE2@cardiff.ac.uk, or by post to:

Ms Elsie Phillips,
PhD Programme Office
Cardiff Business School
Aberconway Building, Colum Drive
CARDIFF CF10 3EU
Wales, United Kingdom

The successful candidate will then be invited to submit a standard application for Postgraduate Study via the Online Application Service.

The deadline for applications is 28 August 2015.

Cardiff University reserves the right to close applications early should sufficient applications be received.

Further Information

For further information please contact Professor Max Munday by email mundaymc@cardiff.ac.uk or by phone +44 (0)29 2087 5089.

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