Ireland University of Ireland PhD Studentship in Valuation of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
The Department of Economics offers an opportunity to carry out doctoral research with an interdisciplinary team of researchers focusing in particular on the value of ecosystem services and biodiversity in managed landscapes in Ireland. It is part of an innovative project awarded to NUIG to undertake applied economics research into the economic and social values of agro-biodiversity in the Republic of Ireland. The candidates duties will include research on environmental valuation of biodiversity and ecosystem services and the methodological and theoretical issues related to this.
This is a 36 month full time fully funded studentship, to begin in September 2008. The studentship is being funded through the Department of Agriculture and Foods Stimulus fund and offers tuition fees and a stipend for 3 years (EUR 21,000 per annum). Additional funds are available for traveling to conferences and research visits. Successful candidates will be provided with computing and office facilities and will be joining a dynamic team of young researchers. The candidate will work under the supervision of Dr. Tom van Rensburg (Department of Economics, NUIG) and Dr. Salvatore Di Falco (University of Kent, UK) and in close affiliation with Dr. Chaosheng Zhang from the Department of Geography (NUIG). The candidate will work closely with another PhD student (ecologist) as well as with a team of Research Scientists, and faculty staff from NUIG. You can read more about the Department of Economics and this project as well as the ENRE (environmental and natural resource economics) group at http://economics.nuigalway.ie
Candidates should have, or expect to obtain an MA or MSc degree in Economics, or, Agricultural and Resource Economics, Environmental Economics and Management, econometrics or related fields. Research should lead to a PhD thesis as well as to publications in international refereed journals. Essential skills: strong competency with quantitative analysis and experience with econometric software and Geographic Information Systems modelling programs.
Informal contacts concerning the post may be made to Tom van Rensburg: thomas.vanrensburg[ at ]nuigalway.ie / Tel: +353 91 493858 or Salvatore Di Falco. s.difalco[ at ]kent.ac.uk / Tel: ++44 207 5942696.
Applicants should submit a letter outlining their suitability for the position plus a full curriculum vitae, to include the names and contact details of three referees, by post to:
Dr. Thomas van Rensburg, Lecturer in Economics
Department of Economics
National University of Ireland
Newcastle Road, Galway or
by e-mail to: thomas.vanrensburg[ at ]nuigalway.ie
Closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00 p.m. on Friday 11th July 2008.
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