PhD Grant by dandanhuanghuang


									PhD Studentship

Topic: Agricultural Production, Risk and Climate Change Adaptation

Starting Date: 3/2008 (3 years)

A studentship exists for a PhD student, EU national, within the University of Kent,
Kent Business School, Wye Campus, Applied Economics and Business
Management Group.

The successful applicant will work in the area of agricultural production risk and
adaptation strategies to climate change: Farmers in Europe will face significantly
changing climatic conditions in the coming decades, e.g. elevated carbon dioxide
concentrations, reduced summer rainfalls and increased temperature levels. In
addition, agricultural production in the EU will face significantly changing market
conditions as a consequence of ongoing market liberalisation. The overall aim of this
PhD project will be to model, analyse and assess the simultaneously occurring
impacts of climate and price changes by focusing on the production of different crops
in one or several EU Member States (a combination between EU-15 and New
Member States). Available data sets as well as data collected during the course of
the project will be used. An (classical or Bayesian) econometric based crop
production model should be developed incorporating biophysical relations with
respect to soil and water and targeting the analysis and simulation of climate change
induced risk adaptation at the micro level. Everything possible will be done for the
successful candidate to spend some time (3 months) at a US university to work with
leading economists on project related modelling issues.

The successful candidate will be integrated into research and possibly teaching
activities of the Applied Economics and Business Management group.
The successful candidate must have a Masters or equivalent degree in Economics,
Agricultural Economics or Natural Resource Economics with a strong
background in quantitative methods. Interdisciplinary experience in soil and water
related sciences is an asset.

The position is conditional on the eligibility of the candidate to register for a PhD with
the University of Kent. The bursary will be £13,500 for the first year, tuition fees will
be paid for the student.

Please send a covering letter and CV containing names of two referees to
Dr. Johannes Sauer, Applied Economics and Business Management Group, Kent
Business School, Imperial College Wye Campus, Wye, Ashford, Kent, UK, 0044-
(0)20759-42602, or

Closing date for applications: Friday 21st December 2007

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