Doing a PhD with SEI at our York office gives you the opportunity to study in a beautiful medieval city in northern England, surrounded by world-class researchers who are working on environment and development issues at a local, national, regional and global level.
Our staff and PhD students sit together in a large, bright office in a new building on the Heslington West campus at the University of York. We are an international and diverse group of people, welcoming of everyone. We offer full and part-time options for study.
Our goal is to bring about change for sustainable development by bridging science and policy through integrated analysis that supports decision makers. We are consistently in the top ten global Environment think tanks, which demonstrates our success in achieving this ambitious aim.
We are part of the White Rose Economics and Social Research Council Doctoral Training Centre, and welcome discussions with students who are interested in pursuing PhD study in the social sciences. The deadline for applications is 1st February 2017, so please get in touch with our SEI PhD co-ordinator Sarah West (firstname.lastname@example.org) to begin the application process.
More information can be found here https://www.york.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees-funding/research/esrc/
Recently announced Autumn 2016:
Lead supervisor on both PhDs - Dr Andreas Heinemeyer
Our York office undertakes research in wide variety of fields including air quality, climate change, sustainable consumption and production, well-being and behavioural change, participatory research (including citizen science), and ecosystem services.
We are looking for enthusiastic, motivated and talented students to undertake postgraduate study in these research areas.
Although you will be based in our York office, there is the opportunity to work with researchers across the different SEI centres (Stockholm, Sweden; Boston, California and Seattle (USA), Bangkok, Thailand; Nairobi, Kenya; Oxford, UK) and with colleagues in other departments at the University of York.
We are located within the Environment Building at the University of York, and we enjoy close research and teaching collaboration with the Environment Department. You will have access to all the University facilities (library, undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, our network of world-class researchers, training and development opportunities, student support services).
We have limited places available for postgraduate study so have strict eligibility criteria. You need a good (1st or 2.1) undergraduate degree, excellent English proficiency and a proven dedication to environmental research.
Details of fees for studying at York can be found here, which also provides information on how you can get help with obtaining funding.
The first step in applying for a PhD at SEI York is to get in touch with your potential supervisor. A list of SEI staff eligible to be first or second supervisor can be found below. Other SEI staff can also provide support with supervising PhD students, please see the Our staff pages for details.
Mike Ashmore - air quality, including impacts on ecosystems and human health, citizen science
Iain Brown - climate change and sustainable development, integrated approaches to decision making
Patrick Bueker - air pollution and it's effects on agricultural yields, forests, and human health
Steve Cinderby - community resilience, urbanisation and their links to well-being
Lisa Emberson - air pollution and climate change, and their impacts on agricultural yields and ecosystem productivity
Jon Ensor - community-based adaptation, human rights
John Forrester - community resilience, social systems, sustainable development
Andreas Heinemeyer - terrestrial carbon cycling, with a particular focus on peatlands
Kevin Hicks - air pollution impacts on terrestrial ecosystems, ecosystem services, and policy engagement
Johan Kuylenstierna - climate change and air pollution, policy processes
Corrado Topi - global supply chains, ecosystem services, predictive modelling, green economy
Harry Vallack - air pollution emission inventory preparation and scenario building
Chris West - sustainable consumption and production, supply-chain impacts
Sarah West - citizen science, participatory research, science communication, environmental education
After you have contacted a potential supervisor, they may request further information on your research ideas and follow up with a Skype / phone call. If they feel your work is a good fit for SEI, then you will be invited to formally apply through the University of York http://www.york.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/, usually via Environmental Economics and Environmental Management MPhil or PhD.
The following students are at least 50% under the supervision of SEI staff:
Supervisors: Dieter Schwela and Lisa Emberson.
Andriannah's research focuses specifically on the contribution of road transport emissions to air pollution in Sub-Saharan African cities.
Read her blog posts here:
Andriannah - testing car emissions.
Supervisor: Andreas Heinemeyer
Defra project (BD5104) on peatland management and ecosystem services in the UK.
Phoebe - Sphagnum spreading on the Dales.
Supervisor: Professor James H. Clark from the Green Chemistry Centre at the University of York
She works between the Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence and the Green Economics Research Group (GECO) at SEI York.
Supervisors: Dr Gina Mills and Dr Lisa Emberson
She works between the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH), and SEI York.
Her research project focusses on quantifying the effect which rising levels of ground-level ozone around the world is likely to have on the growth, physiology and yield of soybean and wheat.
Student: Chubamenla Jamir
Supervisor: Lisa Emberson
Research: Assessing Ozone impacts on arable crops in South Asia.
Chuba's research investigated the impacts of the air pollutant ozone on key staple crops of south Asia (wheat, rice, soybean and potato) and found that yield losses of between 5 and 15% occurred frequently across the region. The study was also able to identify co-varying factors that contributed to risk including proximity to ozone precursor emission sources, local meteorology and crop physiology. This information was used to identify phenological traits (crop sowing dates and maturing periods) that might alter the sensitivity of new cultivars to ozone for use in informing future crop biotechnology efforts.
Chuba is now Assistant Professor at the Department for Natural Resources at TERI University, India. Visit her page here.