Vacancy Announcement - PhD scholarship for studying Blockchain Use for Effective Paris Agreement Implementation

Monday 24 Sep 18
The Low Carbon Development Programme at UNEP DTU Partnership (UDP), invites applications for a PhD research project focused on blockchain (Distributed Ledger Technology, DLT) applications to climate change challenges in the context of sustainable development.

The PhD project will be focusing on the DLTs application in the climate change and sustainable development context, and specifically on the technologies potential to address present gaps and barriers prohibiting efficient implementation of the PA agenda and the SDGs. The project will carry out a neutral assessment of the technology, applying enhanced conceptual, methodological and empirical insights to identify most promising use cases and share lessons learned.

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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, preferably from a real case study.

Candidates should have a Master’s degree in a relevant social science discipline (economics, environment or development studies), with proven skills in socio-economic assessments and experience within climate change and sustainable development area. Prior understanding of the DLT landscape will be a significant plus, although not required.

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 19 October 2018 (local time). Applications must be submitted as one pdf file containing all materials to be given consideration.

To apply, please use 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 and theoretical 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 2 January 2019.

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.

Further information
The project supervisor, Miriam L. Hinostroza, (email -, can be contacted directly to answer any specific questions.



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