Postdoc position in Southern New England (U.S.) on Regional Community Attitudes Regarding Procedural and Distributive Justice Dimensions in Offshore Wind Power Development

A new project on offshore wind power development is looking for a graduate research fellow/assistant for a comparative case study characterizing regional community attitudes regarding procedural and distributive justice dimensions of offshore wind development (power generation and transmission). This research is in collaboration with Dr. David Bidwell, (University of Rhode Island), Dr. Tiffany Smythe (U.S. Coast Guard Academy faculty member), and Dr. Kelsey Leonard (University of Waterloo). You must apply and be accepted as a University of Delaware (UD) graduate student to be eligible for the assistantship. Additional details are in the attached. Ideally the candidate will matriculate in February (Spring) 2022.
 
We intend to focus on thirteen Southern New England communities, including federally-recognized Tribal Nations, a traditional fishing community, an economically-marginalized community, and an island community. We seek to identify and assess community concerns and attitudes regarding the procedural and distributive justice dimensions of offshore wind power development and to examine differences in attitudes among communities. The research effort will involve interviews during 2022 and an online attitudinal survey of community members in 2023. Experience with community-based participatory research is an asset.
 
The assistantship includes a tuition waiver for the Fall and Spring semesters and a stipend. Twelve-month stipends are approximately $29,000. Depending on individual circumstance, a 9-month stipend can be considered. From a research perspective, it is highly desirable if an applicant can matriculate in spring (February) 2022, although fall 2022 admission (with summer 2022 funding) will be considered as well. To be considered for Spring 2022, please submit your application (https://www.udel.edu/academics/colleges/grad/prospective-students/grad-admissions/) by November 30. Review of applications will begin immediately.
 
Funding for the research is provided by a partnership among the US Northeast Sea Grant Consortium, NOAA, and the Department of Energy<https://seagrant.mit.edu/ocean-energy-research/>, along with graduate research funding established by UD and the Delaware Municipal Electric Corporation (DEMEC) as part of the transfer of renewable energy credits (RECs) generated by UD’s 2MW wind turbine<http://www.ceoe.udel.edu/Lewesturbine> that is located adjacent to the UD College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment’s (CEOE) campus in Lewes, Delaware.
 
If you intend to apply, please email me (Jeremy Firestone) at jf@udel.edu<mailto:jf@udel.edu>.
 


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