Exploring Net-Zero energy transition in the socio-economic system

In this project, we will develop a set of energy-disaggregated systematic models to quantify the impacts of Net-Zero energy transition in the socio-economic system, supporting the related decision-making in the UK.

Start date
1 January 2022
Duration
3 years
Application deadline
Funding information
  • Full tuition fee waiver p.a. (UK and international students)
  • Stipend at UKRI rates p.a. (currently at £15,609)
  • Research Training Support Grant of £3,000 to cover the funded period.

 

About

Reaching Net-Zero greenhouse gas emissions requires extensive changes across the UK economy, where energy transition is playing a vital role. The investigation of optimized transition pathway is complex, which involves a large number of environmental, economic, social, technical and political factors. Systematic models are desired to simulate the potential impacts of various options from multiple perspectives.

In this project, we will develop a set of energy-disaggregated systematic models to quantify the impacts of Net-Zero energy transition in the socio-economic system, supporting the related decision-making in the UK. We will explore the environmental and economic performances of different low carbon energy technologies with consideration of future improvements. Systematic models covering all sectors will be developed to quantify the impacts of Net-Zero energy transitions on relevant industries, as well as the environment and society.

We are looking for committed and enthusiastic applicants with knowledge of energy transition and socio-economic system. Coding experience in MATLAB or GAMS and research experience with Input-Output Analysis or Computable General Equilibrium model is desirable.   

The successful applicant will be supervised by Dr Lirong Liu and will be based at the Centre for Environment and Sustainability. We have a vibrant, interdisciplinary research community tackling the biggest issues faced by society globally and host high profile guest lectures from government and industry. You will receive comprehensive research training and opportunities to participate in conferences, workshops, and seminars to develop professional skills and research network.

Related links
Centre for Environment and Sustainability

Eligibility criteria

Applicants are expected to hold a first or upper-second class degree in a relevant discipline (or equivalent overseas qualification), or a lower second plus a good Masters degree (distinction normally required).

This studentship is for UK and international students.

IELTS requirements: If English is not your first language, you will be required to have an IELTS Academic of 6.5 or above (or equivalent), with no sub-test score below 6.  

How to apply

Applications should be submitted via the Environment and Sustainability PhD programme page on the "Apply" tab. Please clearly state the studentship title and supervisor on your application.

Please prepare to include your CV, degree certificates and transcripts, 2 reference contacts. Please upload a cover letter under the research proposal section.


Application deadline

Contact details

Lirong Liu
15 BA 02
Telephone: +44 (0)1483 689271
E-mail: lirong.liu@surrey.ac.uk
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