Energy Security in the Twentieth Century - PhD Studentship in History


The closing date for applications is 31st January 2013

Energy Security in the Twentieth Century

Energy security and energy shortages were a critical concern across the twentieth century. This PhD will explore the changing meanings and politics of energy security, giving particular attention to the role of international experts and organisations, such as the World Energy Council (WEC) which was set up in 1923 and continues to the present. Permission has been given to access the papers of the WEC central office in London. In addition to these sources, the student will identify and research documents held by WEC member organisations. Research will further examine published and unpublished sources by European and OECD commissions in the 1950s-60s and follow the debate into the 1970s with the two oil crises and the establishment of the International Energy Agency.

Requirements: a strong BA and/or MA in history. The student should be familiar with historiographical debates in modern history and enthusiastic about working with historical sources (manuscript as well as printed). An interest in questions of energy, sustainability, consumption and politics broadly defined. Familiarity with historical research skills as documented in a BA and/or MA dissertation. Proficiency in reading a foreign language is recommended.

Supervisor: Prof. Frank Trentmann

Application Procedure: Applications should be completed online through The University of Manchester online application process:

Documents required:

  • Full CV
  • Two academic references
  • Copy of official academic transcripts from your undergraduate and/or Masters degree
  • A personal statement summarising: your own project ideas or the specific project you are applying for; your research experience to date; your suitability to join the SCI CDT; also what you hope to achieve from your PhD and your post-PhD aspirations
  • A fully developed, yet concise, research proposal. The proposal should include clear statements covering the following: rationale and justification; aims and objectives or research questions or hypotheses, as appropriate; proposed research methods and appropriate discussion of relevant academic literature.
  • IELTS/TOEFL Certificate (if applicable) dated within the last two years
  • Alternative funding sources where applicable (e.g. government, industry, family)

Contact for further information:

Sue Huzar
Senior Programme Administrator
Centre for Doctoral Training
Sustainable Consumption Institute

The University of Manchester
188 Waterloo Place
Oxford Road
Manchester M13 9PL
United Kingdom

Published on: 
5 Dec 2012