University of St Andrews

PhD Funding Opportunities

PhD in Environmental Economics

Funding Status: fully funded competitive studentship

This is an opportunity for an exceptional student to undertake a PhD with the newly-formed environmental economics cluster within the Environment and Society Research Group, Department of Geography and Sustainable Development (DGSD). Areas of research which we are interested in supervising include the economics of ecosystem services and biodiversity, offset trading and Payment for Ecosystem Service schemes, and the economics of sustainable development.

DGSD is part of the School of Geography and Geosciences and has a thriving postgraduate community, with over 40 research postgraduates at various stages in their research. A further 25+ postgraduates take taught Masters courses annually. We have an excellent research environment, with several major research centres attached to the Department. The Department is very well equipped for a whole range of research in physical and human sciences. All doctoral students belong to a relevant research group and are encouraged to attend regular seminars, participate in the Department's annual Postgraduate Research Conference, and present their work at national and international conferences.

Funding Notes:  A studentship at Research Council rates plus fees at home (EU) rates will be paid for 3 years. The starting date is 27 September 2014. 

Applications: Applications are invited from excellent candidates who have, or will have by the start date, an MSc in Economics, Environmental Economics, Environmental Management or a closely-related discipline/field.

All interested candidates should send:

  1. A Letter of Application (max 500 words)
  2. A 3-page outline of your planned PhD research.  Send these to the postgraduate secretary, Helen Olaez. Please make sure your letter of application clearly states that it is for the “PhD studentship in environmental economics”.  
  3. In addition you must complete a University of St Andrews application for postgraduate study (for details of the application process see our Postgraduate application page). You should select: PhD Sustainable Development (Science) as your programme choice.

The deadline for all three items is 1 April 2014.

A short-list of candidates will be interviewed prior to the award being made: interviews will take place in May 2014.

Application Enquiries:  Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Nick Hanley and sent to Helen Olaez.