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 (CSUS) at Michigan State University 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 (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:

Please apply here 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<>, the School of Marine Science and Policy<>, and 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 and Co-PIs George Parsons and Steven Hegedus
For questions, and if you intend to apply for a research assistantship, you should contact Professor Jeremy Firestone,

New ETROD & City Industries, Aug. 19

The next ETROD & CityIndustries session is scheduled for Thursday, August 19th, 4pm CEST. We’ll discuss with Gargi Bhattacharyya the fourth chapter of her book “Racial Capitalism“. If you feel like joining this online dialogue and haven’t already signed up and received the chapter, please email Katja Müller