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How can universities work best with their regional businesses to deliver a transition to a low carbon economy?

CGE Reference: LU001

Get paid to do a PhD with the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation at Lancaster University.

Three year, funded PhD linked with enterprise Ref. No. LU001 

  • Be part of the multi award winning Centre for Global Eco-Innovation within a cohort of talented graduates working on exciting business-led research. The Centre was declared “The outstanding knowledge exchange and commercialisation initiative in the UK”. 

  • This project is based at Lancaster University, so you will gain your PhD from a Top Ten University, recognised as The Times and Sunday Times University of the Year 2018 and International University of the Year 2020. You will also work alongside colleagues at partner institutions across the North West. 

  • Finish in a strong position to enter a competitive job market in the UK and overseas.  

  • Get paid £1,455 per month tax-free till June 2023. 

  • Your UK/EU tuition fees are paid (international candidates will need to pay remaining fees). 

This project seeks to establish how the universities can best support business recovery and growth following an unprecedented crisis, whilst also delivering a transition to a low carbon economy. 

Politicians, councils, business and increasingly the public are starting to recognise a “climate change emergency” which on environmental timescales needs drastic and urgent action if we are to reduce global warming to less than 1.5OC.  This project is timely and essential to prioritise future activity and ensure funding delivers effective support for business. 

We are seeking a candidate with a background in business, management and/or innovation and entrepreneurship to assess the activities of the Eco-I NW project and wider Centre for Global Eco-Innovation activities.  You should be passionate about applied research, business collaboration, innovation and the wider debate about the balance between economic growth and sustainability. This research involves analysis of government policy, audits and business performance and would suit those with an interest in economic development and the low carbon agenda. 

Eco-I NW is a £14m ambitious and pioneering business R&D programme with 6 participating HEIs, each delivering a range of business-led research activities. The programme’s aim is to develop new and innovative business products and processes which can ultimately lead to a lower carbon economy. Eco-I NW takes a challenge-led approach rather than being technology-driven, consistent with the UK Clean Growth Strategy and IPCC report. This is a pilot project to establish a regional approach and allows a diverse set of institutions to be studied as well as a variety of delivery mechanisms. 

The research follows on from Lancaster University’s Science Innovation Audit (2018) highlighting the North West as best placed to exploit clean and sustainable business growth.  

The successful candidate will monitor and evaluate the activities and outcomes of the project, analysing how well the project’s activities support business growth and recovery following the current crisis, how well they create longer-term relationships between business and academia, and how well the activities support businesses in achieving not only growth, but also low carbon goals from 2020-2023. The candidate will work closely with colleagues, researchers and businesses across the partnership of 6 regional universities in order to collect and analyse both qualitative and quantitative data. 

The successful candidate will have a 2:1 or first degree in a management related discipline, or a science discipline that includes an element of management or business. You should have a passion for the business environment and an understanding of the challenges of sustainability versus economic growth. 

This PhD will be supervised by Dr Joanne Larty from the Lancaster University Management School  


Apply Here 

Deadline: 19th August 2020 

Start: October 2020 

This project is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund and is subject to confirmation of funding. For further information about the Eco-I NW project please see our website. 


Download the application documents for this project here.