PhD Scholarship in Sustainable Urban Governance and Smart Grids

Applicants are invited to apply for a PhD scholarship in sustainable energy at Lund University. The funding allows successful candidate to work for 5 years. Applications are invited up to July 22, 2019.

The International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE) is an international and interdisciplinary centre of excellence at Lund University. We advance knowledge on how to catalyse the transition to low-carbon and resource efficient economies across different levels of governance and management. We conduct research across the themes of international and national policy intervention, urban governance and experimentation, business management and practice, and consumption governance.

The doctoral student will work in the area of sustainable urban governance with focus on smart grids. Smart grids connect supply, distribution and use of electricity through various IT solutions. The PhD project has three focuses: 1) map and analyze forms of collaboration and networks linked to Smart grids 2) analyze business models linked to Smart grids 3) analyze different co-operative models and business models prerequisites for contributing to creating sustainable energy systems.

The PhD position will be located at the IIIEE at LU and be part of the ERANET project CLUE (Concepts, planning, demonstration and replication of Local User-friendly Energy communities). The project is conducted in collaboration with Austria, Germany and the UK. In Sweden participate, besides IIIEE, EON, the city of Malm, RISE and several property owners.

The purpose of CLUE is to study how different parts of the energy systems can interact to create sustainable solutions in the long run. The ambition is to study how it is possible to introduce local renewable and intermittent energy on a larger scale into the electricity system. The project will study if, and is such case how, it is possible to leveling out peaks in electricity demand, and by that reduce the need for operating reserve, which is often using fossil fuels. Finally, the project will analyze possible collaborations to achieve a more sustainable energy system.

In the project, the PhD candidate will study how actors can collaborate to achieve sustainable system solutions. This is done by identifying and analyzing possible collaboration models, and by examining how different business models response to different needs actors perceive. Another important issue to be studied is user flexibility and users' possibilities for peak shaving, i.e. to reduce demand during peak hours. Alternative tariff structures will also be analysed.

Different methods can be used for data collection and analysis, such as case studies, survey, participatory observations, focus groups, interviews and workshops.

The main duties of doctoral students are to devote themselves to their research studies which includes participating in research projects and third cycle courses. The work duties will also include teaching and other departmental duties (no more than 20%).

Selection for third-cycle studies is based on the student's potential to profit from such studies. The assessment of potential is made primarily on the basis of academic results from the first and second cycle.

Knowledge and skills relevant to the thesis project and the subject of study. An assessment of ability to work independently and to formulate and tackle research problems. Written and oral communication skills Other experience relevant to the third-cycle studies, e.g. professional experience.

Consideration will also be given to good collaborative skills, drive and independence, and how the applicant, through his or her experience and skills, is deemed to have the abilities necessary for successfully completing the third cycle programme.

Instructions on how to apply

We encourage the applicants to apply to both announced positions on Smart grids! You need to submit the application twice, one to each announcement.

Deadline: July 22, 2019
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