The impact of a national renewable energy strategy on the Energy Estuary

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About this project

This PhD project will be an empirical study of the impact of national renewable energy strategies on the Humber region. It will be based on surveys of the general public and of local businesses, to determine how the two groups perceive the strategy and how they are adapting to it. A key aim will be to identify the features that distinguish firms and individuals who are adapting most successfully, and patterns in that adaptation. It will also be important to develop metrics defining what is meant by a “successful” strategy in this context, and where the impact mainly falls.

The project would be complementary to existing studies being carried out at the University, such as those related to Green Port Hull and the Siemens investment in Hull. Primary data collection will be required; the resulting data sets will be open to a variety of methods of analysis. The project may also make use of the video wall visualisation facilities.


Next steps


Full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarships will include fees at the ‘home/EU' student rate and maintenance (£14,553 in 2017/18) for three years, depending on satisfactory progress.

Full-time International Fee PhD Studentships will include full fees at the International student rate for three years, dependent on satisfactory progress.

PhD students at the University of Hull follow modules for research and transferable skills development and gain a Masters level Certificate, or Diploma, in Research Training, in addition to their research degree.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a master’s degree in economics (or cognate subject), good econometric skills, a willingness to engage in survey data collection, and an interest in energy and the environment.  An ability to work with others is important, as the scholarship is one of a number being awarded on the theme ‘Lowering the cost of the off-shore wind supply chain: From policy and strategy to execution’.

How to apply

Applications for Scholarship Consideration at the University of Hull should be made through the Postgraduate Application system

Successful applicants will be informed of the award as soon as possible and by 8th May 2017 at the latest.

Application deadline: 20 March 2017

Research options:

PhD: 3 years (full-time)


£14,496 (estimated in 2017-18)