PhD Student/Research Assistant in Community-Centered Large-Scale Solar Energy @ Michigan State

PhD Student/Research Assistant in Community-Centered Large-Scale Solar Energy: Fully Funded!

The Energy Values Lab in the Department of Community Sustainability https://www.canr.msu.edu/csus/ (CSUS) at Michigan State University https://msu.edu/ seeks one highly motivated PhD student to begin study in Spring or Fall 2022 and assist with a new research project focusing on community-centered large-scale solar development in the US. This project will involve conducting case studies and interviews in existing large-scale solar communities, assisting with surveys, classifying large-scale solar sites, and analyzing and disseminating data. The research will be both quantitative and qualitative and will incorporate a community-based participatory research (CBPR) and structured decision-making https://www.usgs.gov/centers/pwrc/science/structured-decision-making?qt-science_center_objects=0#qt-science_center_objects (SDM) approach.

CSUS is an interdisciplinary department that addresses contemporary issues of sustainability in agriculture, recreation, natural resources, energy, and the environment. Consistent with its mission to assist in the development of sustainable communities, the department offers offers two graduate majors: Community

Please email Assistant Professor Doug Bessette for more information about this position: bessett6@msu.edu mailto:bessett6@msu.edu

Please apply here https://www.canr.msu.edu/csus/graduate/prospective_students/. The application period opens September 1, 2021.

PhD Graduate Research Assistantship examining co-adoption behavior related to residential rooftop photovoltaics and electric vehicles

An exciting opportunity for a prospective PhD student at the University of Delaware, USA, to participate in a multi-institutional 3-year Department of Energy funded research project to better understand trends, barriers, motivations and catalysts to co-adoption of residential rooftop photovoltaics (RPV) and electric vehicles (EVs). The research has three components: (1) semi-structured interviews (2) a survey to examine practices, norms, and attitudes; and (3) choice experiments to test the efficacy of low-cost policy interventions. This is a largely unexplored area in the energy transition.
 
Applicants are required to have training in quantitative social science data analysis, such as econometrics, along with excellent written and oral communication skills. A background in energy policy, social psychology, and/or economics, as well as training in social science data collection, including survey development, and in qualitative social science data methods is desired. Students in historically under-represented groups are especially encouraged to apply.
 
The PhD Graduate Research Assistantship includes a tuition waiver for Fall and Spring semesters and an annual stipend of approximately $29,500. An applicant may matriculate in February (Spring) 2022 (preferred) or September (Fall) 2022. The project commenced July 1, 2021. Please see PhD degree granting-programs in the Biden School of Public Policy and Administration<https://www.bidenschool.udel.edu/>, the School of Marine Science and Policy<https://www.udel.edu/academics/colleges/ceoe/departments/smsp/>, and Economics<https://lerner.udel.edu/departments/economics/>. With grant funding finally in hand, timely application is encouraged. Review of applications begins now.
 
Participating UD Faculty are Principal Investigator (PI) Jeremy Firestone https://www.udel.edu/academics/colleges/ceoe/departments/smsp/faculty/jeremy-firestone/ and Co-PIs George Parsons https://www.udel.edu/academics/colleges/ceoe/departments/smsp/faculty/george-parsons/ and Steven Hegedus https://www.ece.udel.edu/people/faculty/ssh/.
For questions, and if you intend to apply for a research assistantship, you should contact Professor Jeremy Firestone, jf@udel.edu mailto:jf@udel.edu.

PhD course (hybrid) Renewable energy and its contestations, 7-10th June 2021 at NWBU.

The Norwegian University of Life Sciences together with the University of Agder is organising PhD course on “Renewable energy and its contestations” on 7–10th of June 2021. It is likely to take place in form of a hybrid course located at NMBU, Norway.  The course seeks to develop discussion and learning about renewable energy transitions and their contestation. A major goal of the course is to explore socio-technical imaginaries of energy and the environment as a means to respond to conflicts and to rethink the legitimate and just governance of renewable energy. We have lecturers from both the global South and Nordic countries addressing different energy-society conflicts from angles of socio-technical imaginaries and energy justice. We have also invited practitioners/oppositions from wind power development in Norway invited. As such the course opens for discussions across a range of actors to consider different perspectives on sustainable energy transition pathways. Attached you find the 1st call for the course – and the link to the course websitehttps://www.nmbu.no/en/faculty/landsam/department/noragric/research/clusters/rapid/phd-course

New PhD funding opportunity in the UK for research into geological disposal

https://www.mub.eps.manchester.ac.uk/thebeam/2020/11/17/phd-bursary-call-for-social-research-into-geological-disposal/


Funding sufficient for a 4 year UK – and 3+ for o/seas. The Ph.D. can be held at any UK University.  Applications have to be in by 16th December. We’ve done a lot of work to ensure that there is the possibility for genuinely interesting work – for ethnography and for critical engagement with the sector – please encourage any excellent masters or third year students that might connect to any of the themes mentioned  below – which can easily be linked to interests in climate change, materiality, environmental justice, etc. The call is open to all social science disciplines – broadly conceived.   Please spread the word!

  • comparative methods to evaluate social well-being
  • citizen science and deliberative democracy
  • comparative social research on large-scale infrastructure projects
  • value modelling and its application
  • intergenerational ethics
  • institutional learning