job advert for a 21-month post-doc position in an exciting research project titled ‘Low-carbon reorientation in steel, oil refining and chemical industries’. This position will be based at the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (University of Manchester) and is part of the newly established 4- year Industrial Decarbonisation Research and Innovation Centre (IDRIC).
The project will make a social science analysis of the drivers and barriers for low-carbon reorientation in three hard-to-decarbonise industries. It will analyse changes in the strategies, investments and innovation activities of incumbent firms in response to pressures from economic and socio-political contexts, including policies, public debates, markets, and suppliers. The research questions are:
1) What are the barriers and drivers of low-carbon reorientation in these three industries?
2) Conceptualising low-carbon reorientation as a gradual multi-phase process, in what reorientation phase are these three industries?
3) How and why do steel, oil refining and chemical industries vary in their depth and speed of low-carbon reorientation? How might decarbonisation efforts be accelerated?
To address these questions, the project will make three longitudinal case studies that analyse co-evolving interactions between the steel, oil refining and chemical industries and their contexts from 2005 to the present. Data will be collected from different sources, including industry journals, policy documents, expert interviews, statistical databases, and secondary sources (e.g., academic publications, consultancy reports).
Candidates should hold a PhD in innovation studies or related social science field.
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The closing date for applications is 16 November 2021 with interviews planned soon after.
The selected candidate would start as soon as possible, and no later than 1 March 2022.
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