Apply for PhD scholarship - Technologies for Adaptation

Tuesday 11 Jul 17


The Centre on Energy, Climate and Sustainable Development of the UNEP DTU Partnership, invites applications for a PhD research project focused on technologies for climate change adaptation in the context of sustainable development. Read the full job vacancy advertisement here.

Project aims
The PhD project has an overall focus on technologies for adaptation in the context of sustainable development, and specifically on the means to evaluate costs, benefits and climate risk reduction potential from their implementation. The project will provide enhanced conceptual, methodological and empirical insights into assessment of the potential for enhancing climate resilience and reducing climate risks in developing countries through technologies.

Research methodology
There is scope within the project for pursuing an interdisciplinary framework of analysis combining different theoretical perspectives as well as methodological approaches. The research should however include a strong element of socio-economics and economic theory. Research methods should mostly be in the form of quantitative (primarily secondary) data collection and analysis, complemented with framework and methodology development and qualitative data collection and analysis.

Candidates should have a Master’s degree in a relevant social science discipline (for example economics, agricultural economics, development studies), with proven skills in socio-economic assessments, and ideally with a focus or component on technologies and climate change adaptation in developing countries.

Strong oral and written English communication skills are essential. Experience from working in a developing country is an asset. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate the ability to work independently, to plan and carry out independent research, including field work in developing countries. Candidates are expected to have a high degree of self-motivation, leading their research project with the support of two co-supervisors.


Please submit your online application no later than 25 August 2017.

Applications must be submitted as one pdf file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please click the link "Apply online," fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one pdf file. The file must include:

- A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
- Curriculum vitae
- Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
- Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and excel spreadsheet here)
- Project proposal, including background, rationale, methodological approach, case study ideas (max 6 pages)
- Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master's degree, but cannot begin before having received it. The aim is to start the study in December 2017.

The PhD student will be selected through a competitive application process. Online applications will be screened against a set of criteria and a shortlist of candidates will be invited to an interview and to present their project proposals (via skype if based abroad). The assessment process and final selection will be made by the project supervisor in collaboration with an assessment committee.

Salary and appointment terms

The salary and appointment terms are consistent with the current rules for PhD degree students. The period of employment is 3 years. The place of employment is the Centre on Energy, Climate and Sustainable Development of the UNEP DTU Partnership, located at the UN City in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Further information

The project supervisor, Sara Traerup,, can be contacted directly to answer any specific questions.




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