The University of Newcastle, Australia

Low Carbon Energy Transition

Closing Date: 10 December 2018

PhD Scholarship

The successful candidate will contribute to a cross-institutional research project investigating the political dynamics of the low carbon energy transition within the Australian energy industry.

A global low carbon energy transition is underway. This is evident in the increasing cost competitiveness of renewable energy, a strident social movement opposing fossil fuels, and the Paris Agreement on climate change. You will have the opportunity to be involved in research that investigates a critical national challenge – the low carbon energy transition – by developing insight into the political dynamics of the process, comparing the role of different actors in the transition and analysing how the Australian energy sector responds to low emission pressures. The results from this research will provide policymakers and industry leaders with the means to develop innovative policies and support Australia’s transition towards a low carbon future. The PhD research project will focus on the challenges faced by one particular energy industry (coal, gas, uranium, solar or wind), or community responses to an industry in transition. This will involve working collaboratively with a team of researchers from the University of Newcastle and the University of Sydney.

PhD Scholarship details

Funding: $27,082 per annum (2018 rate) indexed annually. The living allowance scholarship is for 3.5 years and the tuition fee scholarship is for four years.Scholarships also include up to $1,500 relocation allowance and Overseas Student Health Cover at single rate, for an international candidate.

Supervisor: Professor Daniel Nyberg

Available to: Domestic and International students


Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must an undergraduate honours degree or a research masters in environmental politics, environmental sociology, economic geography, management or in a related discipline. Ideally, you will have a strong background in qualitative data collection and critical analysis. The minimum eligibility criteria for admission must also be met.

Application Procedure

Interested applicants should send an email expressing their interest along with scanned copies of their academic transcripts, CV, a brief statement of their research interests and a proposal that specifically links them to the research project.

Please send the email expressing interest to by 5pm on 10 December 2018.

Applications Close 10 December 2018

Contact Professor Daniel Nyberg
Phone +61 2 4921 7923

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