Small World Consulting


Year Industry-led Funded PhD: Ref. No. CGE 29

Developing and Testing a Next Generation Carbon Accounting Tool for Businesses

There are two different ways of assessing how much carbon is embodied in goods and services: the top-down environmental input-output approach and the more widely understood process-based lifecycle analysis approach. Neither of these are usually adequate on their own, and combining them in a ‘hybrid’ carbon accounting method is challenging. This project will develop and test a hybrid tool which is both practical to use and realistic in terms of the management information it delivers to businesses. This will entail integrating a new quasi-multiregional input-output model with more specific process-based lifecycle analysis into a business-friendly product, validating the results and testing the tool with real clients.

The successful applicant will be self-reliant, will be able to work directly with major corporate clients and will have advanced Excel skills, or the ability to acquire them quickly.

Industry Partner

This doctoral research project will be supervised by Lancaster University and Small World Consulting Limited (SWC). SWC has a leading reputation in delivering product and supply chain GHG metrics for organisations including BT, Apple, Booths, many other businesses, several city and county councils. SWC is currently advising CDP on its company supply chain engagement and assessment guidelines.

Why Apply?

By joining the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation you will receive £15,000 tax free per year, have your postgraduate tuition fees paid for by your partner business, worth  £4,121/year (fees for Non EU/UK graduates are subsidised from £17,085/year to £12,964/year), become part of a cohort of graduates working with an award-winning team on business-led R&D, and finish in a strong position to enter a competitive job market in the UK and overseas. This post is subject to confirmation of European Union funding.

Application Deadline

18th September 2016

Provisional interview date 23rd September with view to starting in October 2016

How to apply

To apply for this opportunity please email with:

The Centre for Global Eco-Innovation

This doctoral research project is one of a cohort of industry-led funded research projects from the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation, an international alliance supporting university-business collaboration. The Centre delivers high quality, business-led research to create eco-innovative technologies, products and services.

At the heart of the Centre are people who are researching, developing and innovating to address global challenges, including energy, water, natural capital, resource efficiency, food, and waste, to deliver economic, social and environmental benefits. Launched in 2012 the Centre and has won two national awards for its ground breaking approach to sustainable R&D and knowledge exchange.