We are looking for two highly motivated PhD students to join the ecological-economic modelling group at CEC. As part of this group you will be working with pressing societal issues related to agriculture, biodiversity, ecosystem services and climate change. Specifically you will work in a multi-disciplinary environment to develop and apply ecological-economic models. Ultimately, we aim to develop research and models that can inform policy making for achieving Swedish and global sustainability goals.
The PhD projects will focus on two topics a) the economic and environmental impacts of increasing biomass production from agricultural land to meet increasing demand for food and bioenergy, and b) analyzing the potential for ecological intensification of agriculture to balance future food production with environmental goals. The PhD positions will be linked to the FORMAS-funded project Land4biomass, an interdisciplinary research project focusing on the production potential of agricultural biomass and policy instruments to promote a fossil-free society while meeting food production and environmental objectives. Also connected to the project is “Balancing agriculture, conservation and environmental quality: tools for evaluating policy responses” financed by the strategic research environment Biodiversity and Ecosystem services in a Changing Climate (BECC).
Both projects have a common methodology, as ecological-economic modelling based on mathematical programming. Consequently, the positions use quantitative analysis, solving mathematical problems, programming and linking economic and ecological knowledge. Both projects will involve modelling of environmental impacts in collaboration with natural scientists: the first with a focus on GHG emissions, and the second on biodiversity and water pollution. Considerable opportunities for collaboration and mutual modelling support will exist between the two projects.