View All Vacancies

PhD Studentship (ESRC South Coast DTP) - The Just Transition: Decarbonisation and Poverty

Politics & International Relations

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £14553
Annual stipend of £14553 (2017/18 RCUK rate) plus payment of programme fees
Closing Date:   Wednesday 31 January 2018
Reference:  SCDTP947017CC

The Just Transition: Decarbonisation and Poverty

A fully funded studentship awarded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership (SCDTP) commencing in 2018/19 Academic Year.

Supervisory Team:

Professor Chris Armstrong (Politics & International Relations, Lead Supervisor) (, Doctor Fiona Woollard (Philosophy)

Avoiding dangerous climate change is an urgent priority. But mitigation strategies can themselves produce injustices. In particular, leaving fossil fuels in the ground will produce losses for many people currently dependent upon their extraction for their livelihoods. This project will investigate what claims the losers from decarbonisation might have to assistance from either their own state or from the international community, especially when the effect of decarbonisation is to prolong their poverty. You will use the skills of political theory and political philosophy to develop an account of the appropriate way to theorise, and to respond to, these losses.

Skills Required

The research questions are in the first instance normative inquiries, which can be pursued with the tools provided by political theory and philosophy. But a good understanding of the nature of climate change, and of the potential economic impacts of decarbonisation, will also be important. The University has abundant experience in the technical aspects of both climate change, and climate change mitigation.


South Coast DTP Funding provides an annual maintenance grant (tax free) of £14553 (2017/18 RCUK rate), plus payment of all programme fees.  Other funding available for SCDTP funded students can be found on the SCDTP website (

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

Application Procedure

The closing date and time for applications is 11.59pm 31st January 2018.  The full application procedure, the funding application form, and more information on the South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership can be found at:

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

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position



Forgotten Details


Mindful Employer Disability Confident Leader HR Excellence In Research Stonewall Diversity Champion Athena Swan Silver Award - University of Southampton Committed to being an Inclusive Employer