20 PhD Scholarships (Climate Change Adaptation+)

University of Graz

Graz, Austria 🇦🇹

Call for applications 2018

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The DK Climate Change at the University of Graz is looking for 20 PhD students (project assistant without doctorate) in the interdisciplinary Doktoratskolleg “Climate Change—Uncertainties, Thresholds and Coping Strategies”.

Scientific concept

The dissertation projects in the DK phase 2 (2018 to 2022) will address two main research questions:

  1. What are, from the point of view of the disciplines in the DK, scientifically sound, efficient and ethically defensible strategies for a transition towards a low-carbon and climate-robust economy and society and how can the necessary qualitative transformation be politically and legally implemented and legitimated?
  2. How should we deal with uncertainties and risks related to hydro-meteorological changes, in particular extreme events, and their associated consequences?

The research will be organized in three overlapping clusters, each addressing main aspects of the shared research questions. This approach enables the early-stage DK researchers to realize—besides their disciplinary research—scientific originality and innovation,  by being already from the outset more engaged in interdisciplinary co-operative work.  The clusters concern the following themes:

Cluster 1: Decision making under uncertainty—normative, legal and economic decision making under uncertainties including the limits of modeling the climate and extreme hydro-meteorological events: concerned with the scientific and empirical presuppositions and boundary conditions of normative, legal and economic decision-making, investigating also the limits and reliability of underlying empirical claims, with a focus on extreme event attribution, and implications for international climate finance;

Cluster 2: Adaptation—regional climate change and adaptation pathways towards a climate-robust economy and society: concerned with the scientific and socio-economic prerequisites of decision-making on adaptation when understood as an element of a transition to a sustainable society and economy;

Cluster 3: Mitigation—interdisciplinary research for effective, fair and legitimate climate change mitigation: concerned with the ways in which developing a sustainable mitigation pathway will have to rely on an interdisciplinary understanding that includes scientific and socio-economic research as well as normative and legal scholarship.

PhD projects open for application

The DK faculty for the DK period 2018 to 2022 consists of 12 professors, covering the research fields physical climate science, meteorology and hydrology, climate and environmental economics, innovation and sustainability research, normative theory, and environmental law. Click the link below to find out more about the PhD projects to apply for.

List of PhD projects to apply for.