Welsh Government PhD Placement: Local Environment Quality Policy Development

Deadline for submission of applications: Thursday 11th July @ 15:00hrs (BST)

The Environmental Protection in the Welsh Government seeking PhD students for placement opportunities in its Local Environment Quality policy team. The team is responsible for delivering a programme of work which focuses on improving the local environment of communities, targeting issues such as single use plastics and littering reduction, fly-tipping, dog fouling and other forms of environmental anti-social behaviour.  The team oversees several key pieces of environmental legislation including The Environmental Protection (Single Use Plastic Products) (Wales) Act 2023, certain sections of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 (including the contaminated land regime) and proposed legislation on single-use vapes and wet wipes containing plastic.

Key Tasks

The post holder will work in the team, supporting one or more of the following high profile work streams:

  • Gathering and analysing evidence to support policy and legislative development to address single-use products in Wales with a particular focus on those made of plastic;
  • Development of key policy areas to support measures to prevent litter and fly-tipping Prevention (Including data gathering and monitoring) and to address legacy land contamination; and
  • Communications and behaviour change

The post holder will benefit from a range of development opportunities including supporting Cabinet Secretaries (Ministers); working at pace within a high-profile policy area and engaging with a wide range of stakeholders and departments across Welsh Government; building valuable working relationships; broadening their knowledge and understanding of Welsh Government policy work and have the opportunity to identify areas to add value to the delivery of evidence-based policy.

For further information about the role and details of the application process please download the following document:

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