The Energy, Environment and Resilience pathway

One of the most significant challenges facing humanity is the extent to which the global demand for energy, food and water is placing pressure on the climate and other environmental resources, which in turn poses significant threats to human health, security and prosperity.

To fully appreciate the challenges that we face and potential solutions, we often require interdisciplinary insights, drawing on understandings of relevant social and natural science and technological disciplines. However, academic training is often highly disciplinary in nature, failing to prepare researchers for the multi-faceted challenges they face.

The 'Energy, Environment and Resilience' training pathway of the DTC explicitly responds to this deficit and to the strategic challenges in this area. It builds on existing interdisciplinary projects currently underway in the University as part of the Research Councils' programmes such as 'Living With Environmental Change' and 'The Energy Programme', including specific initiatives such as the ‘Energy and Communities Venture'.

There are excellent opportunities for students to undertake innovative PhD research that cuts across different aspects of social science represented within the DTC and across the boundaries between social science and engineering, life sciences and complexity science. Supervisory teams will themselves be interdisciplinary, drawing on relevant expertise from across the University.

The programme is for 4 years in recognition that candidates are likely to require training and the development of advanced knowledge in more than one discipline.

Applications should be made to the relevant academic disciplinary groups that fall within the DTC (e.g. economics, education, geography, politics, psychology, sociology, statistics, etc.), marked for consideration under the DTC Energy, Environment and Resilience Pathway. In the research proposal, an indication of the potential non-social science discipline(s) that might be involved in supervision should be provided. It is preferable that candidates have approached relevant supervisors from across the university before applying.

Information for prospective supervisors about the application process can be found in this downloadable pdf Guidance on how to apply.

Prospective students should apply using the online application form. Please select Faculty of Social and Human Sciences, marked for consideration under the EER.

Current Environment and Resilience Pathway PhD Students

Name Full time/part time Topic Email
Paul Rouse Part-time Governance and regulation o fgeo-engineering
Tom Rushby Full-time Modelling a household carbon allowance scheme
Radhika Dave Full-time Ecosystem based adaptation
Tudor Vilcan Full-time The governance of climate resilience

Current and prospective students can find information about training opportunities and progression in this downloadable pdf Guidance training.

For enquires about the Energy, Environment and Resilience pathway, please contact Dr Milena Büchs (Social Sciences) on or Emma Tompkins on