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.

This is a ful­ly fund­ed PhD — tuition fee and bur­sary

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.

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