Do you want to be part of the team that builds towards a more efficient exploitation of on-shore and urban wind energy resources and are you looking for a PhD position? Then maybe this is your next project!
Applicants are encouraged to apply for this PhD position to conduct research on co-production of on-shore and urban wind energy as part of the Marie Curie European Training Network (ETN) 'zEPHYR': 'Towards a more efficient exploitation of on-shore and urban wind energy resources' (https://h2020-zephyr.eu/
). Within the project, a total of 15 PhD positions are available at 8 universities, 1 research centre and 4 industries. This project is focused on the development of performant wind farms by addressing simultaneously the individual performance of each turbine composing the wind farm, and the efficient harvesting of the local wind resources in on-shore and urban environments. Deeper understanding of public engagement and other human factors are important elements in the project.
Based at the Environmental Policy Group (ENP)
at Wageningen University, you will conduct independent research as one of the fellows of the zEPHYR project. In your PhD project, you contribute to comprehensive interdisciplinary approach to urban wind turbine engagement that goes beyond conventional ideas about (non)acceptance of wind turbines, based on solid theoretical and empirical research (e.g. through case studies, interviews and other qualitative and quantitative methodologies). In doing so, you contribute to novel governance approaches to on-shore and urban wind turbines that help stakeholders decide on how and where to develop urban wind projects.
Within the Marie Curie training network, there is considerable freedom to incorporate your own ideas, develop your own research profile, and reflect on the (in)possibilities of interdisciplinary research in the field of wind energy and public and stakeholder participation. Furthermore, you will be part of an international training network with 15 PhDs and will regularly attend and help organise workshops, trainings and meetings in one of the partner countries. Longer 'secondmends' are envisioned at partner universities and a company in Belgium and England.