Project
Concerns on the negative impacts of plastics to the environment have led to a shift in plastics production and consumption from petroleum-based to bio-based materials. Though the World Economic Forum has identified bio-plastics as an emerging technology enabling disruptive innovation, our knowledge of the long-term impacts of bio-plastics to the environment, businesses and society seems to be limited.

This project, therefore, aims to answer a seemingly simple, yet important research question: what are the impacts of bio-plastics to the environment, businesses and society? The answers are expected to transform the way in which plastics are consumed in daily life, provide a strong underpinning to the future development of sustainable bio-plastics and ultimately address both the upstream (sourcing) and downstream (consumption/end-of-life) supply chain uncertainties.

Funding
This is a fully funded PhD – tuition fee and bursary

Benefits
Training and Development

The successful candidate will receive comprehensive research training including technical, personal and professional skills. All researchers at Coventry University (from PhD to Professor) are part of the Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability and Development, which provides support with high-quality training and career development activities.

We require a high calibre candidate to be recruited for this fully funded high profile project (subject to meeting Coventry’s entry requirements, including language competencies).

To ensure the success of this ambitious but do-able target, the candidate will be developed and supported throughout the PhD lifecycle. The candidate will be directed to self-manage the project, adhering to the Ethics approval, Research Degree Development Agreement (RDDA) and Researcher Development Activity Plan (RDAP). The candidate will operate under the Vitae Researcher Development Framework.

Formal bi-weekly meeting will be arranged with the candidate. The candidate will complete the mandatory research training programmes, and be encouraged to attend regular research seminars at CBIS and CAWR, academic writing sessions, as well as to present at the PGR seminar series and conferences.

Journal publication plan is embedded into the study plan with an expectation that the candidate produces at least two journal papers before the thesis hand-in. The candidate will also be offered an opportunity to deliver lectures and co-supervise theses. All of the above are aligned with the Concordat of the Career Development of Researchers.

For further information about the position, please follow the link below:

https://www.coventry.ac.uk/research/research-opportunities/research-students/research-studentships/towards-the-circular-plastics-economy-understanding-the-impacts-of-bio-plastics-to-the-environment-businesses-and-society/