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The economic and environmental benefits of accelerated electric vehicle deployment in the UK

PGR-P-611

Key facts

Type of research degree
PhD
Application deadline
Saturday 29 February 2020
Project start date
Monday 28 September 2020
Country eligibility
UK and EU
Funding
Competition funded
Source of funding
Other
Supervisors
Professor Jillian Anable and Professor Peter Taylor
Schools
Institute for Transport Studies, School of Earth and Environment
<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Summary</h2>

This PhD project provides an opportunity to work as part of the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) and the Priestley International Centre for Climate. The research will examine scenarios for electric vehicle deployment in the UK and the implications for the global production networks of electric vehicles and batteries, exploring the extent to which UK based production could lead both to life-cycle environmental benefits and deliver economic prosperity. The project will appeal to a numerate candidate who enjoys quantitative analysis and is keen to apply a range of environmental and economic techniques to policy relevant research.

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

<p>Reaching net-zero GHG emissions by 2050, will require much faster phase out of petrol and diesel vehicles and accelerated electric vehicle (EV) deployment than will be delivered by the 2040 ban on conventional vehicles currently envisaged in the DfTs &ldquo;The Road to Zero&rdquo; [1]. This represents both an opportunity and a threat for the UK automotive sector. At the same time, as part of its Industrial Strategy, the Government has agreed an Automotive Sector Deal under which both government and industry will invest around a quarter of a billion pounds to develop and manufacture electric vehicles [2].&nbsp;</p> <p>This PhD project will form part of the work of the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC). The research will build on recent EV roadmaps [3,4], as well as UKERC analysis that has modelled different phase-out dates for fossil fuel vehicles and calculated the associated sales and fleet implications for ultra-low emission vehicles [5]. It will examine the implications of these scenarios for the global production networks of electric vehicles and batteries sold in the UK, exploring the extent to which UK based production could lead both to life-cycle environmental benefits and deliver economic prosperity. A further consideration will be the UK&rsquo;s future trading relationship with both Europe and the rest of the world in the light of the Brexit-related negotiations.</p> <p>Potential methods that will be used to examine these issues include: environmental life-cycle analysis, multi-regional input-output modelling and macro-econometric analysis. There is also scope for the project to contribute to methodological advancement through further developing hybrid LCA approaches [6]. The project will therefore appeal to a numerate candidate who enjoys quantitative analysis and is keen to apply a range of environmental and economic techniques in policy relevant research.</p> <p>[1] HM Government. The Road to Zero: Next steps towards cleaner road transport and delivering our Industrial Strategy, 2018.</p> <p>[2] HM Government. Industrial Strategy: Automotive Sector Deal, 2018.</p> <p>[3] Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership. Transport energy infrastructure roadmap to 2050: Electricity roadmap, 2015.</p> <p>[4] Baringa. Electric vehicles roadmap to 2050, 2019.</p> <p>[5] UK Energy Research Centre. Disrupting the UK energy system: causes, impacts and policy implications, 2019.</p> <p>[6] Crawford, R.H., Bontinck, P.A., Stephan, A., Wiedmann, T.O., Yu, M. Hybrid life cycle inventory methods &ndash; A review. <em>Journal of Cleaner Production</em>. 2018, <strong>172</strong>, 1273&ndash;1288.</p>

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

<p>Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.leeds.ac.uk/rsa/prospective_students/apply/I_want_to_apply.html">University&#39;s website</a>. Please state clearly in the research information section&nbsp;that the research degree you wish to be considered for is &ldquo;The economic and environmental benefits of accelerated electric vehicle deployment in the UK&rdquo; as well as Professor Jillian Anable and Professor Peter Taylor as your proposed supervisors.</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><em>We welcome applications from all suitably-qualified candidates, but UK black and minority ethnic (BME) researchers are currently under-represented in our Postgraduate Research community, and we would therefore particularly encourage applications from UK BME candidates. All scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit.</em></p>

<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>This is a 3 years scholarship funded by the University of Leeds through the Priestley International Centre for Climate. The award will provide tuition fees (&pound;4,500 for 2019/20), tax-free stipend at the UK research council rate (&pound;15,009 for 2019/20), and a research training and support grant of &pound;750 per annum.</p>

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

<p>For further information about the research topic, please contact either Prof. Jillian Anable (j.l.anable@leeds.ac.uk) or Prof. Peter Taylor (p.g.taylor@leeds.ac.uk).</p> <p>For queries about the application process or the funding available, please contact the Environment Faculty Graduate School Office (ENV-PGR@leeds.ac.uk).</p>


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