Students from across the globe with an interest in environmental policy and politics or sustainable energy issues choose to pursue their PhD at the Environmental Policy Research Centre (FFU). The FFU has one of the largest and most diverse PhD offerings in the field of the environmental social sciences of any university in the world. PhD candidates are attracted to the FFU both by its many specialized course offerings and special events and the high quality of international research conducted here. Graduate students benefit both from the interactions they have with FFU faculty and researchers and the knowledge that they can conduct their PhD research in a community where many other PhD students share similar research interests and expertise. The program is highly competitive.

A weekly PhD colloquium runs throughout the year. Here students have the opportunity to discuss questions of research design, methodology, and theory related to their dissertations. Students are also expected to present their PhD research at periodical intervals to the other graduate students. Each semester a PhD workshop is organized by the graduate students and professional discussants comment on the student’s PhD research.

Most of the FFU’s PhD students are awarded fellowships or grants from national and international foundations, and yet others are working in professional positions as they research and write their dissertation.

PhD topics are decided in consultation between the student and the supervising faculty member. Possible PhD supervisors at the FFU are Prof. Dr. Miranda Schreurs, PD Dr. Lutz Mez and Dr. Klaus Jacob. The FFU welcomes PhD candidates interested in issues of national, comparative, and international environmental and energy politics and policy. Further information concerning the application procedure can be found here.