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Doctoral programs at University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland

Below are two doctoral programs offered by University College Dublin (UCD) in Ireland, which has recently become an EfD Center.

The following doctoral programs may be of interest to researchers interested in environmental and development economics:

PhD in Economics: You can find more information about the program and how to apply at this link:

If you would like to learn more about the application process, the program, whether it’s possible to waive the application fee, and funding opportunities, I recommend contacting our coordinator, Lesley Tohill (, and the Director of the School’s Doctoral Program, Dr. Nora Strecker ( Please note that to be considered for a scholarship, you must submit your application by January 26, 2024, and include a research proposal.

If admitted to the doctoral program, you will be assigned a supervisor based on your research interests (I am one of the potential supervisors in Energy Economics, Environment, or Natural Resources).

PhD in Global Human Development: Please refer to the information at this link and contact Dara Gannon ( and Professor Krishna Vadlamannati ( The deadline for applying to this program is in July, but you can inquire about more information and funding opportunities from the contacts provided. In this joint program, part of the time is spent at UCD in Ireland and part at a university in Africa or Asia. This program is suitable for government personnel and public officials (such as higher education academics and research institute scholars).

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PhD Scholarship in Forest Economics

We are seeking a doctoral student to join the Department of Forest Economics at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in Umeå. The doctoral student will work on the project “Role of conservation interventions in preventing degradation of the Atlantic forests of Argentina,” funded by the Swedish Research Council for Sustainable Development (FORMAS). REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) initiatives aim to prevent emissions and conserve forest area and integrity. Previous research has evaluated their effectiveness in preventing deforestation but has largely neglected degradation. This is crucial for society as degradation is a major source of forest carbon emissions and can lead to the loss of vital ecosystem services for local communities. In this project, we will assess the extent to which REDD+ initiatives have prevented forest degradation in the context of the Atlantic forest of Argentina. The Atlantic forest is one of the terrestrial ecosystems with the highest endemic biodiversity in the world.

The ideal candidate for this position is someone fully committed to research in forest conservation and has a basic background in research methods. The candidate will be responsible for integrating knowledge of economics and forest resource management into the design of relevant research, developing pertinent research questions, applying econometric tools and other appropriate analytical methods, drafting scientific manuscripts, and producing a doctoral thesis suitable for examination. The doctoral program includes courses. The doctoral program consists of 4 years of full-time studies, and the position is contracted based on annual evaluations.

Requirements: To be eligible, the candidate must have at least a Master’s degree in economics or a related field (e.g., agricultural economics, natural resource economics, forest economics), or a strong quantitative interdisciplinary program. Additional merits will be considered for knowledge in natural resource economics and demonstrated ability to integrate forestry and economic concepts. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English are required. Practical knowledge of Spanish is preferable but not mandatory. Additional merits include (a) experience in scientific manuscript writing, (b) documented advanced knowledge using GIS software, (c) documented advanced knowledge using R, SAS, Stata, or other analytical software.

Workplace: Umeå, Sweden

Application: Applications are accepted until February 16, 2024.

Applicants must submit:

  • A CV
  • A two-page research statement
  • Copies of academic degrees and transcripts
  • A copy of the master’s thesis
  • Contact information for at least two referees who can attest to the candidate’s qualifications
  • Certified proficiency in the English language
  • If applicable, copies of relevant publications

Candidates are encouraged to review the research of Francisco X. Aguilar, Professor in the Department of Forest Economics. Questions related to the application can be sent to All details about this position are available online at:

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PhD Position in the Sustainable Forest Transitions Project

PhD Scholarship on the Social and Environmental Outcomes of Reforestation Processes.

Deadline: February 12, 2024, Midnight (GMT)

Interviews: February 22, 2024.

Scholarship Funding:

The Sustainable Forest Transitions (SFT) project is recruiting a full-time PhD student at the Global Development Institute (University of Manchester) starting September 2024 to work on one of two themes:

  • Theme 1: Evaluation of the social and environmental outcomes of reforestation drivers using publicly available large-scale social and environmental datasets.
  • Theme 2: Development of rapid evidence synthesis methods and products using emerging artificial intelligence tools and other existing systematic review instruments.

This position is fully funded for 3.5 years, covering tuition fees, an annual maintenance stipend of £18,622 (TBC for 2024-25), and research-related travel. You will be part of a multidisciplinary research team led by Dr. Johan Oldekop, which includes postdoctoral researchers, PhD students, case country partners, and other affiliated researchers.

Primary Supervisor: Dr. Johan Oldekop

About the Project:

The aim of SFT is to enhance understanding of the social and environmental outcomes of reforestation drivers worldwide. SFT is a five-year, £1.7 million project selected by the European Research Council and funded through a UKRI Research Frontier grant hosted by the Global Development Institute. The project is investigating the changing nature of forest cover and human development at an unprecedented global scale and in specific case study countries such as Mexico, Brazil, India, Nepal, and Indonesia.

The scholarship is open to international students. For more information, including how to apply, please follow this link:](

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PhD Scholarship in Sustainable Climate Policy – Carbon Pricing Instruments

A full-time doctoral scholarship starting in September 2024. The scholarships include a tuition fee waiver and an annual stipend. The School also offers a research support allowance to cover conferences, courses, fieldwork, or other academic activities. Additionally, full-time scholars are typically offered the opportunity to undertake paid teaching support activities each academic year.

This scholarship focuses on the theme: “Sustainable Climate Policy: Economic, Social, and Environmental Dimensions of Carbon Pricing Instruments.”

Nº de ref. SoSS-2024-006

First Supervisor: Dr. Claudia Aravena.

Department: Economics

Campus: Edinburgh

In its commitment to addressing climate change through decarbonizing the economy, the UK and other countries have set the ambitious goal of achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Some of the policy mechanisms considered include carbon pricing and carbon markets (e.g., cap and trade systems, voluntary carbon markets). This research project aims to conduct a comprehensive analysis of the design and effects of carbon pricing instruments through a multidimensional approach, studying the complex interactions between carbon pricing policies and their broader socioeconomic and environmental implications. Specific research topics include, among others: the impact of carbon pricing and carbon markets on decision-making and industry competitiveness; economic growth, equity, justice, social opposition/acceptability; impact on vulnerable communities, and effectiveness in emissions reduction. The project is open to analyzing one or multiple countries, with a particular interest in comparisons between developed and developing countries. The research may employ a combination of quantitative and qualitative analysis with advanced econometrics, surveys, and interviews.

For informal inquiries, please contact Dr. Claudia Aravena at

In addition to meeting the general criteria for doctoral admission, candidates for this project are desirable to have a Master’s degree in Economics or a closely related field.

Link for detailed information

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PhD programmes at University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland

Here are two Ph.D. programmes offered by the University College Dublin (UCD) in Ireland, which has recently become an EfD Centre.

For researchers with an interest in environmental and development economics, the following Ph.D. programmes might be of interest:

  • Ph.D. in Economics: At this link, you can find more information on the programme and how to apply: . If you want to know more about the application process, the programme, whether it’s possible to waive the application fee, and funding opportunities, I recommend that you get in touch with our coordinator, Lesley Tohill ( ), and the School’s Ph.D. Director, Dr Nora Strecker ( ). Note that to be considered for a scholarship you must apply by January 26, 2024, and include a research proposal. If you are admitted to the Ph.D. programme then you will be matched to a supervisor based on your research interests (I’m one of the potential supervisors in Energy, Environment, or Natural Resources Economics).
  •  PhD in Global Human Development: See information at this link and contact Dara Gannon ( ) and Professor Krishna Vadlamannati ( ). The deadline to apply for this programme should be in July, but you can ask the contacts for more information and funding opportunities. In this joint programme, you spend part of the time at UCD in Ireland and part of the time at a university in Africa or Asia. This programme is suitable for government personnel and public servants (such as Higher Education academics, and research institutes).

The university offers other programmes that may be of interest, for example a Ph.D. in Quantitative and Computational Social Science and a Ph.D. in Environmental Policy. More information on how Ph.D. programmes are organised at UCD and all the programmes on offer can be found here: