Political Economy of Electricity Provision Research Fellow

Research Fellow, in the Political Economy of Electricity Provision

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge?  Do you have a background in economics, political economy, economic geography or ecological economics, and an interest in energy studies?  Do you want to further your career in one of the UK’s leading research intensive Universities?

You will participate in a radical and visionary Leverhulme Research Leadership project “Living Well Within Limits (LiLi)” awarded to Dr. Julia Steinberger, aiming to understand how energy use relates to human well-being with the focus being on the provisioning systems of electricity across multiple countries. The research project will compare and evaluate the performance of different systems of electricity provision, enabling the identification of systems that are able to provide sufficient services to meet universal needs while moving away from energy intensive provision.

You will be working in collaboration with other researchers within the LiLi project within the School of Earth and Environment’s Sustainability Research Institute (SRI) and will also be a member of a cross-faculty research group concerned with the political economy of technology and infrastructure, coordinated by Professor Andrew Brown of the Economics Division of Leeds University Business School. There will also be opportunities to contribute to wider research and teaching initiatives across the School of Earth and Environment, Faculty of Environment, and University.

The research consists in in depth analysis of the systems that provision electricity in at least 6 countries, highlighting performance in terms of access, affordability and equity, and effectiveness in terms of human need satisfaction. You should have (or be close to obtaining) a PhD in the field of economics, political economy or economic geography, the social science of energy systems, or a closely allied discipline and a strong background in a relevant field of economics, political economy, or economic geography. You will have excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of stakeholders.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

Dr. Julia Steinberger, Associate Professor in Ecological Economics and Industrial Ecology

Tel: +44 (0) 785 607 9625, email: J.K.Steinberger@leeds.ac.uk


Location:  Leeds – Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Environment
School/Institute:  School of Earth and Environment
Category:  Research
Grade:  Grade 7
Salary:  £32,004 to £38,183 p.a.
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (24 months due to external funding)
Closing Date:  Monday 22 May 2017
Reference:  ENVEE1156
Downloads:  Candidate Brief
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