Two new PhD Fellowships on offer at ICSC!

Want to do your PhD here with us? Want funding? Two new PhD fellowships are on offer at UCLan’s ICSC. One is in the field of Social Policy, the other in Energy and Society. The deadline is 8th October 2018 – so hurry!

These are funded by the University Alliance DTA3/COFUND Marie Skłodowska-Curie PhD Fellowship programme. Follow this link to find how to apply.

1) Effective Policy and Practice Addressing Supply and Demand in Sex Trafficking

Supervisors: Prof Nicky Stanley,  Prof. Stuart Kirby. and Dr. Sarah Shorrock

Sex trafficking involves the exploitation of women, men, young people and children. It inflicts long term damage on its victims and contravenes principles of human rights and dignity. It is underpinned by and contributes to global inequality. To date, policy and interventions aimed at ending sex trafficking have largely focused on the identification of traffickers and their victims. This study aims to capture and analyse the experience and views of policy makers, practitioners and trafficked people themselves to develop proposals for tackling those factors that contribute to the supply and demand for sex trafficking. The study will be undertaken in Romania and the UK and will focus on both adult and child victims of sex trafficking. The research will be located in UCLan’s new Lancashire Institute of Citizenship, Society and Change and the interdisciplinary supervisory team will be drawn from social work and forensic science. The supervisors have a history of collaboration on this and associated issues with Babeş-Bolyai University, Romania, and Professor Maria Roth at Babeş-Bolyai University has agreed to assist with recruiting, selecting and supporting the PhD candidate.

More details (PDF file download) here.

2) Novel Energy Trading Models to encourage the use of Smart and Renewable Energy (SRE) Technologies

Supervisors include: Dr Champika Liyanage

Large number energy saving technologies have been introduced to households recently (e.g. energy saving lighting and electrical products, smart sockets, solar panels). Due to high capital cost of installation, their growth is largely supported by government subsidy schemes. Thus, their widespread use is hindered, and financial attractiveness remains a key hurdle to overcome due to issues such as lack of awareness, and lack of incentives. With governments scaling back subsidies, it is essential to make these technologies financially viable for households. Most widely accepted approach is to reduce their capital cost through mass manufacture, and income generation through selling saved energy to utility companies. However, the latter is not profitable as the energy saved is sold based on low unit costs set by the utility companies. No other profitable models are available or have been proposed thus far. The key aim of this research is, therefore, to find more attractive energy trading models that could allow households to trade energy they save to energy buyer at a higher price or purchase another product (e.g. selling energy to a supermarket in exchange for grocery vouchers). Herein, energy buyers could be industries who can use traded energy to offset their energy bills.

More details (PDF download) here.




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