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PhD Studentship: Localised Energy Generation and Storage for EV Fleet Vehicle Charging

Thursday, March 21st, 2019

We are delighted to announce that we have a funded PhD opportunity working on a project titled ‘Localised Energy Generation and Storage for EV Fleet Vehicle Charging’.


Dr Erica Ballantyne – Logistics & Supply Chain Research Centre

Professor David Stone – Centre for Research into Electrical Energy Storage and Applications

Project description

Continued population growth has led to increased transport demands, to, from, and within urban areas. This has significantly impacted upon urban air quality, resulting in increased pressure to improve air quality and address sources of pollution from transport. Many local authorities in the UK (and beyond) are tackling air pollution through the introduction of Clean Air Zones and Low Emission Zones as part of the government’s broader Air Quality Plan. These encourage the exploration and adoption of cleaner emission and cleaner fuelled vehicles, particularly for commercial fleets that are the main focus of many clean air zone policies.

Electric Vehicles (EVs) are a potentially effective technological response to reduce road transport emissions. However, EVs are not entirely emission free, with many using grid generated electricity to charge on-board batteries. Further, growing promotion of EV use, from private cars to commercial vehicle fleets, particularly in urban environments, has practical implications around the challenge of electricity grid capacity for mass EV charging, requiring significant infrastructure investment to upgrade the existing grid supply in the UK.

This interdisciplinary PhD project seeks to:

  • Examine the feasibility of using EV batteries for grid support and localised energy storage for all-electric and hybrid-electric vehicle fleets.
  • Determine the impact on emissions reduction of using localised energy storage through EVs at mass charging points.
  • Explore the economic, and socio-political aspects of energy storage and revenue streams from EV usage.
  • Evaluate the business case for using commercial EV fleets for pseudo-stationary energy storage using EVs.
  • Determine the barriers and drivers for fleet EV users to utilise mass energy storage and charging facilities.
  • Assess the suitability of fleet vehicle depot locations for EV grid storage and charging.
  • Identify and evaluate the technical barriers to implementation of EV grid storage in commercial fleet locations and maximise the benefits to all players.


The studentship is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Doctoral Training Studentship scheme and is open to UK/EU citizens. The EPSRC DTP Grant will pay RCUK fees and stipend for up to 3.5 years and a RTSG of £1000 per annum.

Start dates

We recommend that students start on 1 October 2019 in order to attend compulsory training. However, it may be possible to start earlier.

Closing date for applications

Applications will be considered until a suitable candidate has been identified. For the 1 October start date, a full application must have been received by 17 June 2019.

How to apply

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For an informal discussion, please contact

Art for Art’s sake? Mission driven values and the role of creativity in a time of rupture

Wednesday, February 27th, 2019

Patrons queuing outside a the site gallery in Sheffield.

  • Drs Elizabeth Carnegie and Andreana Drencheva are curating a special issue of Arts and the Market investigating Art in a time of rupture
  • Submissions are invited that address the overarching theme of understanding how rupture, complex and rapid change impacts on support for art, artists, and artists’ spaces

Debates about the role and importance of the arts as a social good have never been more keenly felt than in recent years. At the local level, current debates about the death of the high street  are linked to the loss of community as well as equity, with the potential solution that empty shops be used for artist’s spaces and local theatre. Initiatives such as Theatre Delicatessen in Sheffield, remind us that local and national governments accept that the provision of cultural and community arts spaces remain vital to shaping identity, a sense of community and belonging, yet they do so in increasingly constrained circumstances. 

Art in a changing climate

The landscape for local, national, and international art and artists’ spaces has changed considerably in recent years and is continuing to change, as arts organisations and initiatives are increasingly being, and indeed required to be, mission-driven. ‘Mission-driven arts organisations’ we can define at an umbrella term that brings together diverse organisations and initiatives that pursue both social and artistic or cultural objectives. Thus, mission-driven arts organisations are diverse and employ numerous organising forms, such as social enterprises, co-operatives, social movements, temporary organisations and initiatives.

However, at their core is the pursuit of social objectives, which also requires the management of often conflicting artistic, economic, cultural, and social demands. In this context, artists’ lived experiences are marked by tensions and contradictions as they negotiate precarious careers, and develop their creative and artistic values within a challenging marketplace. A question that might be asked here is whether artists value in this context is determined by engagement, or to put that another way conforms to the values of funders. Can artists thus survive, and thrive on the ‘outside’?

This topic has rarely seemed more timely or worthy of debate as we experience a point of rupture within wider society as the intersection of globalisation, nationalism, and neoliberalism creates multidimensional uncertainty that shapes the opportunities, responsibilities, work arrangements, and lived experiences of artists, artist-led initiatives, and cultural organisations. The resultant limited access to funding with shifting priorities, market fragmentation, and public policy place demands on arts organisations and initiatives to change their business models and become more ‘entrepreneurial’ and ‘resilient’.

Call for papers

For this special edition we aim to try and make sense of how artists and mission-driven art organisations navigate the uncertainty of contemporary artistic careers in the context of the social, economic, and technological uncertainty of our times? This question is not only timely from a practice perspective, but also creates an opportunity for dialogue between rapidly growing, yet fragmented, research streams across the cultural and creative industries. This issue will provide an opportunity for a vibrant conversation that for the first time brings together different viewpoints to understand how artists and arts organisations cope with and thrive in today’s uncertainty to catalyse positive social change, while meeting economic demands.

The overarching theme of this special edition is to understand how rupture and complex and rapid change impacts on support for art, artists, and artists’ spaces and in doing so to provide cutting-edge insights relevant for contemporary theory, practice and teaching. It is in this spirit that we are calling for papers that shed light on the foundations and nature of mission-driven art organisations and initiatives across levels of analysis: from individuals and organisations to communities and institutions.

The deadline for submission is 15 May 2019, and full guidance can be found here:

Cementing our link with Japan: the International Doctoral Programme with Kobe

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

As 2016 comes to an end, we reflect on a successful year of developing international partnerships with other world-leading schools. For Dr Naoko Komori, a lecturer in accounting, this has seen her achieve her personal academic goal – creating a shared learning space between East and West.

Naoko has been a key player in building a relationship with Kobe University’s Graduate School of Business Administration, with whom Sheffield has launched an innovative International Doctoral Programme (IDP).

The structure of this unique provides an opportunity for PhD students to study at both the host and partner university and benefit from supervision at both – graduating with two PhDs. Dr Komori commented: “This cross-cultural learning experience is an exciting development, for both schools and myself. I am aware that there is too much indigenous knowledge in Japan that remains untranslated in the international academic arena – I hope that the IDP will expand this dialogue.

Dr Komori has been growing the relationship with Kobe for almost two years, since she was invited to deliver a lecture to young Japanese academics. Following a successful visit with the Dean of Sheffield University Management School at the start of 2016, she is returning in 2017 with Dr Tim Vorley, Associate Dean for Research Impact, to further build the mutual intellectual exchange.

Dr Komori concluded: “The IDP is just the start of this relationship – I’m looking forward to exploring more potential future collaborations.”

Fantastic PhD scholarships at the Management School 2015

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

If you’ve considered studying for a PhD in 2015, here’s your chance to be supervised by some of Sheffield University Management School’s world-leading academics.

We’ve allocated £330,000 towards project and open PhD opportunities.

CRAFiC, the Centre for Research into Accounting and Finance in Context, is offering seven project opportunities with supervision from across the centre which seeks to encourage and conduct rigorous research into the ways in which accounting and finance are constituted. They also aim to contribute to the cutting edge of research in accounting and finance that have relevance for the wider economy and the society at large.

From ‘Management Accounting Innovations’ to ‘Social Accounting and Democratic Accountability’, the seven available projects with CRAFiC are available to apply for until 10 April. Find out more about scholarships and funding at SUMS here.

CREED, the Centre for Regional Economic and Enterprise Development, is offering two PhD project opportunities in ‘How do SMEs Access the Funding they need to Support Business Activities’ and ‘Entrepreneurship in a Corporate Context’.

Working with academics such as Drs Tim Vorley, Nick Williams, Peter Rodgers and Robert Wapshott, as well as Professor Josephine Maltby from CRAFiC, these opportunities present an exciting opportunity to candidates focusing on the increasingly important areas of regional development and entrepreneurship. You can view SUMS scholarships here, and they also carry the deadline of 10 April 2015.

CReiMS, a cluster which looks at Critical Research in Marketing and Society, is hosting three PhD project opportunities on themes including maximising the social value of festival sponsorship in the UK, and sustainable behaviour and sustainability education.

Sheffield University Management School’s burgeoning Marketing/Creative and Cultural Industries Management division is an exciting place to conduct your study, and CReiMS draws upon the strong narrative of sustainability, ethical, international and consumer research that is currently an integral part of it. Discover information on SUMS’ scholarships here.

World leading authorities in wellbeing, occupational/work psychology and leadership await at the Management School’s Institute of Work Psychology (IWP). They are offering five supervision opportunities; ‘Exploring the Benefitial Effects of Work as a Route to Social Inclusion’, ‘Unexpected Leadership in times of Uncertainty’, ‘Reducing Intergroup Conflict through Leadership’, ‘Innovation in Virtual Work’, and ‘The Challenges of Collaboration for Innovation’.

With supervisors including Drs Eva Selenko, Malcolm Patterson, David Rast, Carolyn Axtell, Kamal Birdi and Anna Topakas, these projects provide an amazing opportunity to aspiring scholars with an interests in developing and testing theory about the effects of work on employee wellbeing and performance, and doing so using rigorous quantitative and qualitative methods, with particular emphasis being placed on the use of longitudinal and change studies.

IWP provide a rigorous yet friendly research environment, rich with expertise. Discover information on SUMS’ scholarships here.

LSCM, the research centre for Logistics and Supply Chain Management, offers you the opportunity to be supervised by internationally-recognised, leading experts in this very current topic. They are offering three project opportunities in ‘Transitional Change in the Low Carbon Energy Industry’, ‘Housing Crisis in the UK: Can Crowdfunding the Custom/Self-build Sector Provide a Solution’ and ‘Big Data for Regional Growth in SMEs’.

The centre focuses on research, development and application of leading edge multi-disciplinary work which impacts on logistics and supply chain management nationally and internationally. The team works with stakeholders including other academics, industrialists, businesses and policy makers on R&D, knowledge exchange, consultancy, executive education and training on these important areas. You can read about all of SUMS’ scholarship opportunities here.

Sheffield University Management School’s Strategy and International Business research group also have three fantastic opportunities open to potential scholars. Led by Dr Martina McGuinness, a supervisor in one of the projects, the group encompasses a large variety of interrelated research from strategies in emerging markets to the importance of cultural interplay.

Carrying the same deadline of 10 April 2015, applicants can choose from projects focusing on community resilience in an age of austerity, interactions between the home and overseas operations of emerging economies multinational enterprises, and social business behaviour in post-Soviet economies. Read about scholarship opportunities here.

Finally, the Work, Organisations and Employment Relations Research Centre (WOERRC) has four fantastic project scholarships for aspiring researchers with an interdisciplinary approach to interests relating to work, employment and the labour market.

The opportunities, titled ‘Flexibility and Security in European Labour Markets’, ‘Speaking Out in Organisational Climates of Silence’, ‘Delivering Work – Exploring Labour Process Change in the Parcel Delivery Sector’ and ‘Disability and Work: A Comparison across European Countries’, are supervised by some of the Management School’s leading academics who are well connected in academic and practitioner circles.

WOERRC facilitates collaboration between researchers from different academic fields and disciplines and in so doing aims to promote theoretical and methodological innovation, provide fresh analytical insights and strengthen the evidence base. Discover the scholarship opportunities here.