Two Funded PhD Studentship Positions: Net Zero Carbon Energy Systems at the University of Surrey

Two PhD Studentship Positions: Net Zero Carbon Energy Systems at the University of Surrey

Two Funded PhD Studentship Positions: Net Zero Carbon Energy Systems at the University of Surrey are currently open for application.

Application Deadline: 20th May 2022


Reaching the target of net zero emissions locally, nationally and globally has assumed importance as the international community tries to negotiate the developmental challenges while remaining with the planetary boundaries. The race to develop sustainable solutions for the global transformation within a limited time horizon is a major challenge. This is even more challenging when the society faces many other struggles, including those related to their basic needs on a day-to-day basis. But climate actions could be designed to generate wider socio-economic benefits that could support sustainable development objectives at different levels. Yet, such integration of Sustainable Development Goals into climate actions is rare and the challenges arise due to lack of appropriate tools and appropriate governance arrangements that can support the decision-making process at the local level.

Two projects proposed here would thus focus on addressing the above challenges.

  1. Open-access net-zero energy decision support systems at the local level. The aim of the work is to develop an open access user friendly decision support system that can be used by local decision makers for supporting the roll-out of net zero energy programmes and plans at the local level. Identification of needs, model development and validation of the model through local application will form the main activities of the project.
  2. Integrating Climate Actions with the Sustainable Development Goals at the local level: The work aims to develop alternative governance arrangements that would facilitate integration of local climate actions with the SDGs through co-benefits, efficiency gains and effective governance. Through a participatory approach, the project will interact with stakeholders and investigate ways of delivering SDG-integrated climate actions at the local level.

Supervisors: Prof. Subhes Bhattacharyya, Prof. Jhuma Sadhukhan, Mr Ian Christie, Dr Lirong Liu.


The scholarships cover fee waiver, stipend, and £1k p.a. training/travel costs. Funded by the University of Surrey.

This project is open to UK and international students starting in October 2022.


  1. Applicants are expected to hold a first or upper second class first degree in a relevant discipline plus a good Masters degree, preferably with distinction.
  2. English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 or above with 6.0 in individual component.


Applications should be submitted via the Environment and Sustainability PhD programme page on the “Apply” tab.

Please state clearly the studentship project that you would like to apply for and the name of your intended supervisor.

Closing date for applications

20 May 2022

Application enquiries

For application enquiries, please contact Prof. Subhes Bhattacharyya ([email protected]).

Studentship ref: PGR-2122-134

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