Social tipping dynamics in energy transitions occur when a small change or intervention has a large effect on emission reductions. Tipping occurs for example when clean technologies such as electric vehicle become cheaper than fossil fuel cars or when more sustainable behaviors such as energy saving or cycling become the norm. The FAST project aims to explain and model social tipping dynamics and interventions in energy transitions. Understanding and mobilizing social tipping dynamics is crucial to accelerate the energy transition.
As a PhD student, you will do empirical research into social tipping dynamics using qualitative and quantitative research approaches, looking into technology-driven solutions as well as socio-economic and behavioral drivers for the energy transition. You will join a young and vibrant multidisciplinary team working on accelerating sustainability transitions and will participate in PhD training and project workshops. You will be part of a larger group of PhD students that work on similar topics (have a look at the NEON project and the TIS website for an impression).
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The positions will be embedded in the TIS group (Technology, Innovation and Society) of the department of Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences and the Eindhoven Institute for Renewable Energy Systems (EIRES).
The PhD students will be supervised by prof. Floor Alkemade. The TU/e mission is to educate students and advance knowledge in science and technology for the benefit of humanity. We are a young university at the center of one of the most powerful technology hubs in the world; Brainport Eindhoven. Inclusive transitions towards sustainability is a key research theme of our department.
For further information about the research project, please contact prof. Floor Alkemade (f.alkemade[at]tue.nl).
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Candidates should submit their applications through the TU/e application platform.
The application must include the following documents in English (please note that a maximum of 5 documents of 2 MB each can be uploaded):
Deadline for application is 1 May 2023, but we will close the vacancy as soon as suitable candidates are found. The envisioned starting date is September 2023.