Two 3-Year PhD Studentships, University of Sussex Business School, UK

Postdoctoral Position in UK United Kingdom

Two 3-Year PhD Studentships: The University of Sussex Business School invites applications for Two 3-year PhD Studentships on “Innovation and Policy Acceleration.” These studentships will delve into leveraging technical innovation, finance, policy change, or social change to expedite progress in addressing societal challenges like climate change, energy insecurity, poverty, healthcare, and industrial manufacturing. One studentship will focus on general issues around net-zero societies, while the other is likely to concentrate on climate change and global health.

Study Area

The research will be conducted in the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex Business School. Focused on science, technology, and innovation policy, SPRU aims to accelerate societal impact through innovative policies and practices to address global challenges.

Scholarship Description

Two 3-Year PhD Studentships on “Innovation and Policy Acceleration” at SPRU, University of Sussex Business School (2024)

The successful candidates will be part of the Bennett Centre for Innovation and Policy Acceleration, contributing to research that brings about urgent policies to tackle societal challenges. The research area encompasses halting and reversing climate change, with a paradigm-shifting approach to set a new pace for policy change based on scientific evidence.


The studentships are open to UK/EU and overseas applicants. Candidates should hold a minimum upper second-class honours degree and either possess or be working towards a Master’s degree in a related subject. Proficiency in English (IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 in each section) is required.

Required Documents

  1. Research proposal addressing one of the specified topics.
  2. Proof of proficiency in English (IELTS certificate).
  3. Application for a PhD place in Science and Technology Policy Studies.

How to Apply

Interested candidates must apply for a PhD place in Science and Technology Policy Studies at the University of Sussex Business School, submitting a research proposal. Details of the application process are available here. For queries, contact

Last Date for Apply

The application deadline is 17 April 2024, 23:59 (GMT).


We encourage applications from diverse backgrounds and perspectives, fostering inclusivity regardless of ethnicity, age, disability, gender, or sexual orientation. For general inquiries, contact, and for research topics, reach out to Benjamin Sovacool at



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