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PhD studentship on Bioeconomy

Beacon: Bioeconomy Research Centre

4 Year PhD Studentship

€18,500 Per Annum + €5,500 fee contribution per annum

“Social Acceptance of the Bioeconomy”

Advancing a bio-based economy requires that policymakers are aware of citizen
attitudes, perceptions and understanding of the bioeconomy; what the
bioeconomy/bio-based economy means to people; their acceptance and concerns
about risks arising from a shift to a bio-based economy; and how people would
consider a bio-based economy as a future vision for developing the rural

PhD Research Study: “Societal understanding of the bioeconomy”

The PhD study will primarily employ quantitative methods and includes the
analysis of a large-scale attitudinal survey. This will contribute to gaining
a better understanding of the factors influencing citizen acceptance/rejection
of biologically-based advances in technology, and assist the development of a
coherent policy framework that can support the advancement of the bioeconomy
in Ireland and internationally.


Applicants should have a good honours degree. A Masters in an appropriate
discipline (e.g. Economics, Psychology, Sociology, Environmental Policy,
Business or related Social Science background) is desirable. The successful
candidate should be highly self-motivated, have a strong research capability
for data analysis, and be prepared to undertake fieldwork using a range of
data collection techniques.

Fellowship Award

This four year SFI PhD Fellowship forms part of a joint research project
between the Earth Institute in UCD and the Department of Agrifood Business and
Spatial Analysis, Teagasc. The Fellowship comprises an annual stipend of
€18,500 and a €5,500 fee contribution per annum, and is tenable for 4

Further Information is available from:

Dr Eoin O’Neill, UCD Earth Institute, UCD Planning & Environmental Policy,
Richview, Belfield, Dublin 4

Phone: +353(0) 1 716 2674 email:

Dr Maeve Henchion, Dept. of Agrifood Business and Spatial Analysis, Teagasc,
Ashtown, Dublin 15

Phone: +353 (0)1 8059515 email:


Interested candidates are requested to submit an electronic copy of their CV
and a letter of interest simultaneously to Dr. Eoin O’Neill and Prof. Maeve
Henchion by 5pm Friday 24th January 2029. Interviews will be held with
potential candidates shortly thereafter.

BEACON: Bioeconomy Research Centre

BEACON is a newly established Science Foundation Ireland Research centre that
will perform both blue skies and industry focused research to advance the
development of a Bioeconomy in Ireland. It brings together a team of
researchers from across a range of disciplines including inter alia
biotechnology, systems and synthetic biology, chemistry, and agriculture,
food, marine and social sciences. BEACON is funded by Science Foundation
Ireland (SFI) and industry partners. The centre represents a collaboration
between University College Dublin, Teagasc, Trinity College Dublin, National
University of Ireland, Galway and University of Limerick and a variety of
domestic and international industry partners.

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