Sustainable Energy Systems

Research on interdisciplinary whole energy systems has seen exponential growth within the Sustainability Research Institute (SRI) in the School of Earth and Environment (SEE) (e.g. involvement in UKERC Phase 3, CCCEP, INDEMAND and iBUILD), with promising connections across the University.  SRI is now recognised as one of the leading authorities in the UK, and is well represented internationally through processes such as the IPCC.  Energy research in the UK was one of the only areas where future funding is protected, and there are plans to increase UK funding in the future.  SRI’s unique perspective on this topic enables us to bid across research councils in this area, addressing NERC, ESRC and EPSRC topics as well as being a central focus for joint centre opportunities.  Energy and climate action are also central to the EU Horizon 2020 societal challenges around which new research opportunities will arise.

The aim of this fellowship is to enhance our research on the quantitative understanding of the linkages between energy, climate, economy and society. You will complement and augment the existing highly successful research within the School and University, allowing further opportunities for continuing these successes.  Your research will have direct relevance to the significant energy and climate policy challenges faced by the UK and globally and you will attract research funding from bodies such as EPSRC.  You will strengthen and further develop strategic partnerships with local, national and international government and businesses and you will develop a research profile that will contribute to the University’s ambition to excel at REF2020, with a sustained record of internationally excellent (and some world-leading) publications and a strong record of presentations at international conferences.

You will also develop research-led teaching in modules related to energy, economy and climate where there is keen demand from students across the University, including several DTCs with SRI PhD students. It is envisaged that you will have a growing influence on energy and climate policy and be able to share this experience with students.

With a PhD in economics or environmental social science,  and/or an interdisciplinary career path in the field of energy and climate change as a postdoctoral researcher, you will have a strong research record in energy and climate policy, the ability to teach at both Undergraduate and Postgraduate level, as well as a clear and compelling vision for personal academic development.

University Grade 8 (£38,511 to £45,954)

For informal enquiries about the role please contact Professor John Barrett, tel: +44 (0)113 343 2394, email:   

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