Monday, April 13, 2015

Fully Funded PhD Positions in Environmental Governance and Compliance


(thanks to esg)


My colleague, Suzanne Kingston, has just won a €1.5 million grant from the European Research Council for five years. Within it are three PhD positions and one post-doc.

Here's a brief description:

This is an exciting opportunity for talented students to play an important role in a cutting-edge project at the intersection of law, governance, psychology and economics, investigating the way that laws influence our decisions to engage (or not to engage) in environmentally compliant behaviour in Europe.

Non-compliance with the EU’s environmental rules is one of the key weaknesses of the EU’s environmental policy, and the EU has over the past decade brought in rules to encourage decentralised, society-led governance by local private actors, including environmental NGOs but also private individuals and companies, in an attempt to improve compliance levels.  Yet surprisingly little is known about the extent to which this major change in environmental governance rules has actually influenced compliance levels in practice, and why.  The central question of this project is therefore: Can the design of environmental governance rules influence us not only to comply with the letter of the law, but also to go further?

Funded by the European Research Council, you will form part of an interdisciplinary team of six people, comprising the Principal Investigator Dr. Suzanne Kingston, a postdoctoral researcher, the 3 Ph.D. students and a research assistant.  Specifically, we are looking for:
  • 1 Ph.D. candidate with a degree in Irish law or the law of another common law jurisdiction, or cognate discipline.  Where the application is for this position, the applicant should be proficient in English;
  • 1 Ph.D. candidate with a degree in French law, or cognate discipline.  Where the application is for this position, the applicant should be proficient in French and English;
  • 1 Ph.D candidate with a degree in Danish law, or cognate discipline.  Where the application is for this position, the applicant should be proficient in Danish and English.
You can find more information at the UCD page. They are for 4 years and funded at €18,000 per year.

This is a great opportunity.


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