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ACPO / Home Office - The Carbon Cost of Crime: A study of the synergies between moving to a low crime and low carbon society

Important description
The University of Surrey hosts a prestigious EPSRC-funded Industrial Doctorate Centre offering an EngD in Sustainability for Engineering and Energy Systems (SEES). The SEES EngD is a four-year doctorate for researchers who aspire to key leadership positions in industry. The programme is academically equivalent to a PhD, but has one major difference: the student (or ‘Research Engineer’) spends the majority of his/her time based with a sponsor organisation, working on commercial research priorities. REs return to the University for short courses, conferences and seminars designed to develop specialist technical knowledge and exceptional business skills.

A studentship is available with the Home Office and the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) Secured by Design. It is estimated that around 1% of the UK’s carbon footprint can be attributed to ‘crime’ – this project aims to establish the costs and benefits of various crime prevention solutions, in order to bring about new solutions, policy measures, regulations and/or compliance standards that are both cost-effective and reduce overall carbon emissions.

The Research Engineer appointed will use scenario analysis to quantify the monetary and carbon impacts of crime. This will involve qualitative methods such as semi-structured interviews, and quantitative methods such as input-output Life Cycle Assessment.

Outputs and benefits of this project are expected to include:

• An increased understanding of the wider impacts of crime;
• An estimation of the marginal unit cost (in terms of money and carbon) of specific crimes. In addition to this, estimation of the unit cost (in terms of money and carbon) of future preventive solutions/measures to combat crime in the future;
• Identification of ‘tipping points’ in the costs/benefits concerning specifically new solutions, approaches, measures and or policies and regulative standards;
• A rise in awareness of the carbon implications of crime amongst relevant stakeholders within the wider public sector community. If possible, money-to-carbon conversion factors for some key costs of crime and crime types, to facilitate further modelling of the carbon costs of crime in other contexts.

A full project brief is available upon request from engd@surrey.ac.uk

The Research Engineer will be based in London, with time split between the two Industrial partners, ACPO Secured By Design and the Home Office.

Due to the secure nature of some of the sites where the RE will be asked to work, the applicant must be a UK national and security checks will be carried out.

Person Specification
We are looking for an independent, self motivated and confident individual with exceptional interpersonal skills and aptitude/enthusiasm for working on interdisciplinary, collaborative research. They should be a creative thinking with a strong interest in environmental issues. The suitable candidate will hold a degree in economics, engineering, science or similar (at least a 2.1) and preferably an MSc in a relevant subject. They will be competent in mathematics and able to effectively engage with stakeholders, carry out interviews and conduct workshops. Project management experience would be an advantage.

Eligibility and other criteria
(Students Worldwide)
This research project has funding attached. Applications for this project are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full department and project details for further information.

Application deadline
* 28 January 2013

Additional information, and important URL
The successful candidate must be willing and able to obtain Counter-Terrorism Clearance, in order to be able to work routinely within Home Office and police buildings.

Funding Details
The current stipends for EngD studentships are £19,800 per annum or above (normally tax-free). To be eligible for funding, applicants must demonstrate a relevant connection with the UK (see www.epsrc.ac.uk/PostgraduateTraining/StudentEligibility.htm).


Closing date: 28th January

To apply: please visit the ‘Available Projects’ section of our website (www.surrey.ac.uk/sees). For further information, please contact engd@surrey.ac.uk or 01483 684036.

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