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SCDTP Studentship - Designing interventions to prevent plastics from getting into the sea: A behavioural-science approach to understand and improve the decision rules of stakeholders in Citarum river

Southampton Business School

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £14777
(18/19 UKRI rate)
Closing Date:  Thursday 24 January 2019
Reference:  1079618TR


Designing interventions to prevent plastics from getting into the sea: A behavioural-science approach to understand and improve the decision rules of stakeholders in Citarum river

A fully funded studentship awarded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership (SCDTP) commencing in 2019/20 Academic Year.

Supervisory Team:

Bhakti Stephan Onggo (B.S.S.Onggo@soton.ac.uk), Konstantinos Katsikopoulos

Plastic waste getting into the sea is a major issue. Study has found significant plastic debris inside sea birds and fish. This research aims to design policy interventions to prevent plastic waste from getting into the sea by identifying the decision-making rules of key stakeholders. We will use techniques from behavioural science and social science simulation to develop a model that helps us evaluate the possible impacts of various interventions. The case study is the community in Citarum river which is one of the most polluted river in the world.

Skills Required

A good knowledge in one of the following fields: Management Science, Behavioral Science (broadly construed, including Psychology); a willingness to learn agent-based simulation and interview design; good communication skills, knowledge of basic Indonesian language is useful but not necessary; willingness to travel to Bandung for the data collection.

Funding

South Coast DTP Funding provides an annual maintenance grant (tax free) of £14777 (2018/19 UKRI rate), plus payment of all programme fees.  Other funding available for SCDTP funded students can be found on the SCDTP website (www.southcoastdtp.ac.uk).

Funding is provided for 3 years full-time PhD study (pro-rata for part-time students).  Applications for 1+3 funding for students completing a Master's year prior to the commencement of PhD study are also welcome (details available at www.southcoastdtp.ac.uk).

Application Procedure

The closing date and time for applications is 11.59pm on 24th January 2019.  The full application procedure, the funding application form, and more information on the South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership can be found at: http://southcoastdtp.ac.uk/apply/

For further information about this project, please contact the lead supervisor detailed above.  For questions relating to the application procedure, or for more information about the SCDTP, please visit the SCDTP website or contact us at scdtp@soton.ac.uk

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