PhD candidate in STS with focus on sustainable hydropower development

Updated: 17 days ago
Deadline: 01 Jan 2022

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About the position

At NTNU, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture , we have a 3-year vacancy for a PhD Candidate in STS (science and technology studies). The PhD position is part of the interdisciplinary project SusHydro – Sustainable hydropower development and reservoir management as an enabler of the renewable energy transition and an accelerator to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The PhD will further be part of the Centre of Technology and Society and the research group on energy, climate and the environment .

The SusHydro project seeks to find innovative and cross-sectoral solutions that shed light on a wider range of services that hydropower and water reservoirs can contribute to, and focuses on how synergies and conflicts between different sustainable development goals can be identified and balanced. SusHydro will do this by putting together a team of experienced professionals and talented young researchers with a background in hydrology and water resource analysis, life cycle assessment, modeling of the energy system, economics, biology and social science and humanities. Solutions will be developed through case studies in Norway and areas of Africa with rich hydropower resources.

This specific PhD project addresses sustainable hydropower development from social science and humanities perspectives. Based on theoretical concepts such as energy justice and energy citizenship, the candidate will study controversies about hydropower and water reservoirs and their multiple uses and services and explore controversies that might emerge in the navigation between different sustainable development goals. As part of this work, the candidate will investigate processes of public participation related to hydropower development in Norway and possibly Sweden. This PhD project will employ qualitative social science methods such as interviews, focus groups, document analysis and participatory observation.

Interdisciplinary collaboration within the SusHydro project and the Centre for energy, climate and environment are envisaged.


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