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ENV East Doctoral Training Partnership


Applications to the EnvEast Doctoral Training Partnership are now closed.

Below you can browse some of the PhD projects we have previously funded; if you would like to be informed when applications open, or if you have any questions about EnvEast and our application process, please email us.

Projects previously funded by EnvEast


An integrated assessment of policies for sustainable management of climate change and land use

Project description

Climate change presents an increasing challenge to the global economy and human well-being, through its impacts on human and natural systems. The UK Stern Review estimated that climate change has been estimated to cause economic losses of 5-20% of GDP, but could be significantly reduced, however, if global mean temperature rise was constrained to 2°C above pre-industrial levels (Warren et al 2013  . However, climate change mitigation and adaptation processes interact with agricultural systems, ecosystems and the economy, creating a complex nexus of interactions.  New 21st century socioeconomic scenarios have recently been created that envisage global population growing to 14 billion by 2100, with global GDP per capita increasing from an average 10,000  today to 35-155,000  US$(2005) in 2100 ( Concurrently, global food production needs to increase by 70% if the world’s population reaches nine billion and its food demand is to be met, fuelling a concurrent projected 50% increase in water demand.  Hence, climate change policy needs to be explored in the context of land use change policy.  

In this context the Tyndall Centre has created a set of coupled integrated assessment models under the EU ERMITAGE project ( Enhancing Robustness and Model Integration for The Assessment of Global Environmental Change.  These allow researchers to explore linkages between climate change impacts, climate change mitigation and land use/land management policy. The student will base their study on these coupled models and will have the opportunity to collaborate with some of the EU partners such as the EPFL in Switzerland, the Potsdam Institute in Germany, and the Open University in the UK.  Support to attend an international conference will also be provided.

The aims of this studentship are:

  1. Explore the outcomes of climate change-related policy instruments
  2. Explore the outcomes of  land related policy instruments
  3. Explore the effects of combinations of climate change and land related policies
  4. Identify combinations of climate change and land use change/management policies which are synergistic, or which conflict or have unsustainable outcomes
The student will be free to choose to study various policies, for example setting biofuel targets for the energy sector, applying carbon taxes, reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD), and ecosystem protection strategies. In so doing they will explore relationships between biofuel cropping and food, or between energy and fertiliser prices, in the context of climate change mitigation.  Exploring robustness of conclusions to uncertainties in models and data will be an important component of the research.
Dr Helen He
  • Start date 1 October 2014