The Centre for Transport Research within the School of Geosciences at the University of Aberdeen has access to funding to support a PhD studentship to examine 'Transport Disruptions Associated with Climate Change: Perceptions of Risk and Uncertainty'
“Extreme” weather events are perceived to be occurring more frequently. Transport systems need to be resilient to these changes, or adapt to them. But faced with uncertainty, what is deemed acceptable disruption or risk, and at what cost? This research recognises that putting climate adaptation into practice requires an interdisciplinary approach that recognises the social limits to adaptive capacity and relates these to recent and likely future scenarios of the frequency, severity and impact of extreme weather events and associated transport disruption. It will employ several interrelated techniques such as the development of adaptation scenarios, Q-sorting methodology to gauge stakeholder perceptions and modelling to link the presence of physical risks and limits to perceptions or climate related disruption in the UK. Ultimately the research will develop understanding of how future scenario modelling of options for mitigation and adaptation in the transport sector can incorporate an assessment of social risk and limits to adaptability. This project will link researchers in a School of Geosciences from social and natural perspectives, with scientists working across social/natural boundaries at the James Hutton Institute and the Scottish CXC centre (16 research institutions in Scotland).
The closing date for the receipt of applications is Friday 23rd November 2012. Apply online here: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/clsm/graduate/prospective-students/research-programmes/phd/environment--food-security/
Succesfull applicants will be interviewed in January. The studentship can begin any time before end 2013.
Informal inquiries can be made to Jillian Anable (email@example.com)