In the first instance, this initiative is supported by a £1.55M investment from the Leverhulme Trust and Lancaster University in The Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarship Programme that will facilitate the development of this new PhD over the next seven years (2018-2025).
The The Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarship Programme will provide a new cadre of 21 PhDs, equipped with a “tool kit” of methods that can be applied within their own research and be applied to “think through” the likely consequences of their research. This toolkit will involve the analysis and application of the cradle-to-cradle (c2c) philosophy, circular economy, eco-innovation etc, married to intensive training in communication techniques– so that PhDs are better equipped to talk to boards, government, regulators and legislators and policy makers.
Initial Scholarships are being awarded in:
- Sociology and physics in the area of data storage and nanotechnology (contact Dr Nicola Spurling,Professor Richard Harper, Dr Ben Robinson or Dr Samuel Jarvis).
- In chemistry and computer science on the topic of new post-cobalt battery technologies (contact Dr Kathryn Toghill,Dr Nuria Tapiaruiz, Dr P.Garraghan or Professor Richard Harper.
- In energy production and in particular at the intersection of public understanding of and long-term research in, nuclear fuels and its substitutes. (Contact Dr Emily Spiers, Professor Rebecca Braunor Dr Sam Murphy)