Development of a next generation scope 3 carbon accounting tool for business

Get paid to do a PhD with the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation at Lancaster University and Small World Consulting Ltd 

3 Year enterprise-led funded PhD, Ref. No : LU-019
  • 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). 

  • Be part of the multi award winning Centre for Global Eco-Innovation within a cohort of talented graduates working on exciting business-led R&D. 

  • The Centre is based at Lancaster University, so you will gain your PhD from a Top Ten University, recognised as The Sunday Times University of the Year 2018 and International University of the Year 2020. 

  • Finish in a strong position to enter a competitive job market in the UK and overseas or progress on to further study. 

Carbon metrics are essential for enterprise in enabling effective management of their international supply chain carbon. They are also vital if the UK is to become a ‘net zero’ emitter. Two different assessment approaches exist for embodied carbon in goods and services; top-down environmental inputoutput and process-based life cycle analysis. This project aims to develop and test ‘hybrid’ carbon accounting tool which integrates a new quasi-multiregional input-output model with more specific process-based lifecycle analysis into a business-friendly product, meeting a fast-growing requirement for improved supply chain carbon accounting in the corporate world. 

The successful candidate will be educated to Masters level or equivalent in a science discipline minimum grade a high 2:1 and exhibit knowledge of current global scientific issues that impact business and the environment i.e. Climate Change/Net Zero, Sustainable Development Goals, Science Base Targets. 

We would also be looking for the following essential skills and attributes: 

  • Evidence of significant mathematical ability in science 

  • Evidence of transferable skills for working cross sector with small, medium and large enterprise e.g. public sector, industry or academic settings  

  • Ability to develop new specialist competencies in carbon accounting relating to Scope 1, 2 and 3 Green House Gas Emissions required for job role. 

  • The ability to present information in an accurate and appropriate format, and to communicate effectively with a range of groups e.g. businesses, public sector organisations, academics, researchers, and students.  

Enterprise and collaborative partners 

This PhD is a collaborative research project between Lancaster University (supervision by Professor Gordon Blair) and Mike Berners-Lee of Small World Consulting Ltd.   

Small World Consulting (SWC), a ground-breaking sustainability consultancy led by Professor Mike Berners-Lee, expert in carbon footprinting. The team brings together environmental and business expertise, to enable strategic and value enhancing responses to climate change.  


Deadline: Sunday 27th September 2020 

Start: October 2020 / ASAP 

This project is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

Download Application Documents here