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The carbon footprint of research W/M

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General information

Reference : UMR5593-SOPELB-002
Workplace : VAULX EN VELIN
Date of publication : Friday, September 04, 2020
Scientific Responsible name : Jean-Pierre Nicolas & Natacha Gondran
Type of Contract : PhD Student contract / Thesis offer
Contract Period : 36 months
Start date of the thesis : 1 October 2020
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : 2 135,00 € gross monthly

Description of the thesis topic

The carbon footprint of research: an interdisciplinary investigation to conceive an assessment grid for carbon emissions linked to a research project.
In the perspective of a low carbon transition, this thesis proposes to contribute to the conception of a method that can be used by a project leader to estimate the emissions and the potential impacts on climate change of his/her research project. Two distinct and complementary parts will be explored in the thesis, linked to research practices on the one hand, but also, on the other hand, to the contribution of this same research to a low carbon transition.
In addition, the carbon footprint of a project and its potential contribution to the reduction of carbon emissions can be of very different levels and natures, depending on the types of research and the disciplines involved. To enable the methodology to take these differences into account, the thesis will focus on research work from two clear differentiated laboratories, one from engineering sciences and the other from humanities and social sciences.

Work Context

The Transport, Urban Planning and Economics Laboratory (LAET, www.laet.science) is an academic research unit attached to the CNRS (National Centre for Scientific Research), the University Lyon 2 and the ENTPE engineering school, which are all members of the University of Lyon. LAET's research staff is composed of 28 permanents and 34 contractuals (engineers, teachers, researchers and phD). The unit is specialised in transport, mobility and land use issues. Its two main academic disciplines are economics and urban planning but also from others such as management, geography, sociology or political science.
Considering the interdisciplinary topic of the thesis, the phD student will work under the supervision of Jean-Pierre Nicolas, CNRS researcher HDR in urban planning at LAET and Natacha Gondran, Professor at Mines Saint Etienne and researcher in environnemental science at the Institut Fayol UMR 5600 EVS.

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