The aim of the proposed Ph. D. project is to develop and evaluate alternative scenarios for spatially dispersed Net Zero lifestyles that entail viable rural communities and economies; with the viability being demonstrated through spatial agent-based social simulation. The following research questions could be investigated in pursuit of this aim, though the student will be encouraged to develop these questions themself:
The main methods taken will be through a combination of literature review and computational modelling, with an emphasis on agent-based modelling. The student will be encouraged to develop and take ownership of the project aim and research questions, including modelling approach, with the proviso that the approach taken does justice to social complexity and takes a whole systems perspective.
The main activities in the first 12-18 months of the project will be reviewing relevant interdisciplinary literature, training on modelling methodologies (especially agent-based modelling) and underpinning technology and infrastructure, and developing and refining a prototype agent-based model to address the first of the above research questions.
This 4 yr PhD project is part of a competition jointly funded by The James Hutton Institute and the University of Glasgow. This opportunity is open to UK and International students and provides funding to cover stipend and UK level tuition only.