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PHD position in Decision Making under Uncertainty and Climate Change Economics

Employeur : Lille Economics and Management (LEM - UMR CNRS 9221)

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France : Lille

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Job Description:

Lille Economics and Management (LEM, CNRS UMR 9221, IESEG School of Management and Université Lille 1) is recruiting a new PhD student who will join a team of researchers to work on decision making under uncertainty in climate change economics.

The PhD project will contribute to the research project INDUCED (INtegrating Deep Uncertainty in Climate changE moDelling) whose objective is to propose new ways of incorporating preferences people have with respect to deep uncertainty in the decision-making processes related to climate policy.

In particular, the project will address three challenges: (i) theoretical investigation of the properties of alternative models that have been proposed to deal with deep uncertainty, (ii) experimental study of alternative approaches, measurement of the intensity of deep uncertainty aversion that could be directly used in the process of decision making in the face of deep uncertainty and its relationship to the concept rationality; and (iii) investigation of the effect of contextual frameworks for decision-makers.

The successful candidate will become part of the LEM Lab and be a member of the doctoral school. He/she will be working under the supervision of Profs. LoĂŻc Berger, Louis Eeckhoudt, David Crainich, and Giuseppe Attanasi (LEM). He/she will be based in Lille (on the site of IESEG School of Management).

The candidate is also expected to spend a substantial proportion of his/her time at Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM) and Bocconi University in Milan. During his/her stay in Milan, the candidate will work under the supervision of Prof. Valentina Bosetti and with support from Prof. Massimo Marinacci.

The global aim of the French-Italian collaboration is to address long-lasting cooperation in decision-making under uncertainty regarding environmental issues.

The selected applicant is expected to begin his/her assignment in late 2017. The appointment is for 3 years. Gross salary will be competitive with other European research and academic institutions. 

Profil / Qualifications Requises

The successful applicant should hold a Master’s degree in Economics, or Engineering, Mathematics or Physics coupled with a solid economic background. He/she has graduated with excellent grades (at least top 5% of the class). A high interest and motivation for topics related to decision theory, experimental economics, environmental and climate change economics is essential. Ideally, the candidate will possess a background in one or two of these fields. Very good quantitative and mathematical skills, interest in economic theory, very good writing and communication skills, and fluency in English are required. A high level of team-spirit is also essential.

The appointment includes the writing of a dissertation in the candidate’s field of interest and providing support for the research project and possibly teaching. An integral part of the work is publishing research results in peer-reviewed academic journals. The PhD thesis is to be completed within three years.

Along with the PhD thesis, the successful applicant is expected to complete the doctoral economic program at Lille 1. 


Applicants should send a detailed curriculum vitae (with list of publications if applicable), a cover letter (no more than one page), copies of Bachelor and Master degrees including transcript of records, contact details of the last institution (address, phone number, email address), a copy of the master thesis, one or more letter of recommendation by academic/scientific advisor (e.g. supervisor of the master thesis, professor, researcher), and a statement (1-2 pages) that describes your motivation for doing a PhD in our group. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please submit all files electronically in a single PDF file named ”[your name]_INDUCED–PhD application” and with the same subject name to Loïc Berger ( induced.project@gmail.com ).


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