Nottingham Business School (NBS), a leading European consortium, which has recently secured a substantial amount of funding to help recruit 15 full-time PhD students. As part of the Horizon2020, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, Innovative Training Networks the Smart-BEEjS Human-Centric Energy Districts: Smart Value Generation by Building Efficiency and Energy Justice for Sustainable Living project has been awarded.

About the project:
  • Smart-BEEjS is a consortium of 8 universities and research centres, supported by 16 non-academic entities, in the United Kingdom, Italy, Portugal, Austria, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain and Switzerland
  • Each of the 15 PhD researchers will be working towards a unique PhD degree, supported by a carefully chosen supervisory team that maximises both scientific excellence as well as interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral collaboration.

Starting Date: 1 October 2019

Requirements:

  • Master’s level or equivalent in relevant discipline
  • Knowledge of various research methodologies
  • UG degree in relevant discipline or equivalent
  • Early-stage researchers (ESR) are those who are, at the time of recruitment by the host organisation, in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers and not have a doctoral degree.
  • Conditions of international mobility of researchers: candidates are required to undertake trans-national mobility (i.e. move from one country to another) when taking up the appointment. He/she must not have resided or carried out your main activity (e.g. work, studies) in the country where you have been recruited “for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before your recruitment date”.
  • The mobility rule is related to the residence and not to the nationality.
  • English language: Network fellows (ESRs) must demonstrate that their ability to understand and express themselves in both written and spoken English is sufficiently high for them to derive the full benefit from the network training.

Host institutions:

  1. Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University (NTU) – ESR7 & ESR12.
  2. Institute for Renewable Energy, Accademia Europea di Bolzano (EURAC) – ESR8 & ESR11.
  3. Institute of Energy Systems and Electrical Drives, Technische Universität Wien
  4. (TUW) – ESR6 & ESR7.
  5. Centre for Psychological Research and Social Intervention, Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL) – ESR1 & ESR2.
  6. Department of Renewable Energy, Instituto Tecnológico de Canarias S.A. (ITC) ESR5 & ESR14.
  7. Sustainability Research Group, Department of Social Sciences, University of Basel (Basel) – ESR10 & ESR13.
  8. Urban Economics Group, Wageningen University and Research (WUR) – ESR3 & ESR15.
  9. Environment and Resources Department, RWI- Leibniz Institute for Economic Research (RWI) – ESR9.

Projects available (Title and relevant Work Package(s):

  1. Citizens’ perceptions of PEDs: An integration framework of citizens’ socio-psychological factors with stakeholders’ economic and political priorities.
  2. Inclusive PEDs: Case Study Lessons for energy justice and eliminating energy poverty.
  3. PED Planning: interdependences between agents (stakeholders) and their physical and psychological drivers and barriers.
  4. Looking Inside the District: Agent Based Simulation of pathways towards affordable and inclusive PEDs.
  5. Techno-economic analysis of Grid-Connected MicroGrids of PEDs
  6. Transforming district heating infrastructure towards future proof systems in line with PED characteristics
  7. Integrating PEDs with the future of urban mobility: Renewable energy generation strategy by PED networks for an ultra-low carbon transport system demand for 2030.
  8. Testing Behaviourally Informed interventions to tackle Energy Poverty in Social Housing Districts.
  9. Monetary and non-monetary measures for reducing dependency on fossil-fuel related mobility needs
  10. Zero emissions or super conservation in PEDs: Policies and incentives that form citizens’ attitudes and trends of consumption behavior
  11. Prioritisation of interventions and measures in districts: a spatial decision support model to support policy makers.
  12. Business Model Archetypes for Value Generation by PEDs.
  13. Users as change agents: User driven innovations.
  14. Bankability of Grid-Connected High RES penetration MicroGrids.
  15. Backcasting PEDs: an ABM approach
—————–Quick Overview————-
Organization Nottingham Trent University
Country United Kingdom, Italy, Portugal, Austria, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain and Switzerland
Fellowship Level Doctoral
Subject areas Engineering, Energy engineering
Fellowship amount As per MSCA rules
Eligibility Open to all nationalities
Deadline 30 June 2019
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