Bioenergy production affects food prices. Electricity and agriculture are dependent on water availability. Water and crops are impacted by climate change. People, prices, and natural systems are all interconnected.
Interactions between the energy, water and food systems under a changing climate are an important research frontier in applied environmental science. Systems models incorporating both economic and biophysical processes are needed to understand the complexity of these interactions, and to provide policy-relevant insight.
Dr Charlie Wilson, University of East Anglia, is offering a PhD on ‘Modelling the energy-water-food nexus‘ as part of the EnvEast NERC Doctoral Training Partnership to develop a nexus model.
Apply by 23:59 on Wednesday 6 January 2016, for start in Oct 2016.
The aim of this PhD project is to develop a simple model of the energy-water-food nexus and validate the model against historical data. This will contribute to basic scientific understanding and will build confidence in more complex models.
The successful applicant should have, or be working towards, a good degree in a physical or environmental science, or should have equivalent vocational experience. An MSc in a relevant subject would be advantageous. Experience of systems modelling is essential. Familiarity with both economic concepts and methods as well as biophysical concepts and methods is desirable.
Deadline – please apply by 23:59 on Wednesday 6 January 2016. For information and the appliiction form, go to ‘Modelling the energy-water-food nexus‘ on the EnvEast website.
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