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Sustainability transitions in project settings


Key facts

Type of research degree
Application deadline
Ongoing deadline
Country eligibility
International (open to all nationalities, including the UK)
Dr Luca Sabini
School of Civil Engineering
<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Summary</h2>

The PhD focus is to accelerate our understanding of sustainability transition in project contexts, i.e., the long-term, multi-dimensional, and fundamental transformation processes through which socio-technical systems such as projects shift to more sustainable modes of production and consumption<br /> <br /> With more and more organisations relying on some form of project organizing to create value, the research should aim to understand the whys, whats and hows of sustainability transitions in the context of projects. Research can address enablers and constraints at individual, organizational and systemic level toward this type of transitions. <br /> <br /> It is of fundamental importance to understand sustainability transitions in terms of aspects such as power, agency politics, governance, geography, ethics and practice (K&ouml;hler et al., 2019). Sustainability transitions are also known for affecting different dimensions (e.g., technologies, markets, infrastructures, behaviour) and many actors, each with their own agency (Kooter et al., 2021). <br /> <br /> Applicants are required to develop a solid research proposal with a clear empirical focus on green transition and sustainability. The level of analysis may range from micro to macro or address the interplay between different layers. A wide range of methodologies and methods including new and innovative methods is also welcome. The research should explicitly address the expected implications and potential contributions to sustainability transitions. Research that critiques the current approaches to sustainability transitions is also welcome. <br /> <br /> Interested candidates with focus on project management contexts, may possess different disciplinary backgrounds, such as business and management studies, engineering, political science and international relations, sociology and cultural studies, anthropology, geography, development studies, or media and communication studies.

<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Full description</h2>

<p>Guidance on writing a research proposal can be found here: <a href=""></a>&nbsp;</p>

<h2 class="heading">How to apply</h2>

<p>Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the&nbsp;<a href="">University&#39;s website</a>. Please state clearly in the Planned Course of Study section that you are applying for <em><strong>PhD Civil Engineering FT,</strong></em>&nbsp;in the research information section&nbsp;that the research degree you wish to be considered for is <em><strong>Sustainability transitions in project settings</strong></em>&nbsp;as well as <a href="">Dr Luca Sabini</a> as your proposed supervisor&nbsp;and in the finance section, please state clearly&nbsp;<em><strong>the funding that you are applying for, if you are self-funding or externally sponsored</strong></em>.</p> <p>If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University&#39;s minimum English language requirements (below).</p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px"><em>As an international research-intensive university, we welcome students from all walks of life and from across the world. We foster an inclusive environment where all can flourish and prosper, and we are proud of our strong commitment to student education. Across all Faculties we are dedicated to diversifying our community and we welcome the unique contributions that individuals can bring, and particularly encourage applications from, but not limited to Black, Asian, people who belong to a minority ethnic community, people who identify as LGBT+ and people with disabilities. Applicants will always be selected based on merit and ability.</em></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing">Applications will be considered on an ongoing basis. &nbsp;Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the supervisors for an informal discussion before making a formal application. We also advise that you apply at the earliest opportunity as the application and selection process may close early, should we receive a sufficient number of applications or that a suitable candidate is appointed.</p> <p>Please note that you must provide the following documents in support of your application by the closing date of 3 April 2024 for Leeds Opportunity Research Scholarship or 8 April 2024 for Leeds Doctoral Scholarship:</p> <ul> <li>Full Transcripts of all degree study or if in final year of study, full transcripts to date</li> <li>Research Proposal &ndash;&nbsp;please see project description for information on what your proposal must focus on</li> <li>CV</li> </ul>

<h2 class="heading heading--sm">Entry requirements</h2>

Applicants to research degree programmes should normally have at least a first class or an upper second class British Bachelors Honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate discipline. The criteria for entry for some research degrees may be higher, for example, several faculties, also require a Masters degree. Applicants are advised to check with the relevant School prior to making an application. Applicants who are uncertain about the requirements for a particular research degree are advised to contact the School or Graduate School prior to making an application.

<h2 class="heading heading--sm">English language requirements</h2>

The minimum English language entry requirement for research postgraduate research study is an IELTS of 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in each component (reading, writing, listening and speaking) or equivalent. The test must be dated within two years of the start date of the course in order to be valid. Some schools and faculties have a higher requirement.

<h2 class="heading">Funding on offer</h2>

<p style="margin-bottom:12px"><strong>Self-Funded or externally sponsored students are welcome to apply.</strong></p> <p><strong>UK</strong>&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;The&nbsp;<a href="">Leeds Doctoral Scholarships</a> and <a href="">Leeds Opportunity Research Scholarship</a> are available to UK applicants (open from October 2023). <a href="">Alumni Bursary</a> is available to graduates of the University of Leeds.</p> <p><strong>Non-UK</strong> &ndash;The&nbsp;<a href="">China Scholarship Council - University of Leeds Scholarship</a>&nbsp;is available to nationals of China (now closed for 2024/25 entry). The&nbsp;<a href="">Leeds Marshall Scholarship</a>&nbsp;is available to support US citizens. <a href="">Alumni Bursary</a> is available to graduates of the University of Leeds.</p> <p><strong>Important:&nbsp;</strong> Any costs associated with your arrival at the University of Leeds to start your PhD including flights, immigration health surcharge/medical insurance and Visa costs are <strong>not </strong>covered under these studentships.</p> <p>Please refer to the <a href="">UKCISA</a> website for information regarding Fee Status for Non-UK Nationals.</p>

<h2 class="heading">Contact details</h2>

<p>For further information about this project, please contact Dr Luca Sabini, by email to&nbsp;<a href=""></a>.</p> <p>For queries on the application process, please contact Doctoral College Admissions, by email to&nbsp;<a href="" title="Email School of Civil Engineering"></a></p>

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