UK : Phd at University of Stirling - A Clean Engine for Regeneration? Hydro-electricity and Environmental Impact, 1945 - 2008. Energy, Climate Change and Adaptation Research Cluster

A Clean Engine for Regeneration? Hydro-electricity and Environmental Impact, 1945 - 2008. Energy, Climate Change and Adaptation Research Cluster

University of Stirling

As part of a major initiative to explore issues of Energy, Climate Change and Adaptation, the University of Stirling is offering a doctoral research studentship on ‘A Clean Engine for Regeneration? Hydro-electricity and Environmental Impact, 1945-2008’. This will focus on hydro-electric energy policy in Scotland and Norway since 1945. The studentship will be for the value of £16,240. Suitably qualified applicants with a good first degree in history, politics, environmental science or geography, or who may have studied hydrology, fluvial geomorphology or aquatic ecology, are encouraged to apply. You should also be keen to develop an understanding of the environmental impact of hydropower generation and environmental policy relating to water and renewables.
This thesis will provide an Environmental History of Hydroelectricity in Britain, set into the wider context of the North Atlantic/northern European experience. Its primary foci will be Scotland and Norway, two of the first countries to begin commercial exploitation of this form of power generation (Scotland 1896, Norway 1906). The research will compare and contrast governmental policy in both countries towards hydropower, and explore public perceptions of and the environmental debate surrounding development. A central issue will be the causes and consequences of the major expansion of hydropower in both Scotland and Norway in the third quarter of the 20th century and the divergent paths followed thereafter, within a chronological span framed by the inception of the UK’s post-1945 energy policy and the sequence of White Papers and Reports of 2003-7 (the 2003 Energy White Paper, the Energy Review Report of 2006, the Energy White Paper of May 2007), and subsequent public statements on Britain’s future energy needs. It will have particular reference to the political, social economic and environmental/ecological controversies and debates surrounding the location and impact of generation schemes on a local, regional/provincial and national scale, exploring recurring conflicts crudely characterised as between economic interests and environmental/cultural pressure groups.
Application Process:
The deadline for applications is 15 February 2010.
Informal enquiries in the first instance may be made to Professor Richard Oram ( Applicants should ensure that they have submitted an application for postgraduate admission to the Postgraduate Admission Office, University of Stirling, STIRLING, FK9 4LA.
Please also submit a brief CV and an abstract outlining the nature of your interest in this research topic to Professor Richard Oram, Centre for Environmental History and Policy, School of History and Politics, University of Stirling, STIRLING, FK9 4LA. email:
All documentation must be submitted by 15 February 2010. It is anticipated that the studentship will start on 1 March 2010.

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