Welsh Government PhD Placement: Reducing Single Use Plastics and Litter Prevention

Deadline for applications: There is no deadline for applications.

The Environment Quality Regulation Branch in the Welsh Government is seeking a PhD student for a placement opportunity within 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 is currently leading on the Environmental Protection (Single Use Plastic Products) (Wales) Bill and developing a Litter & Fly-tipping Prevention Plan amongst other key activities.

Key Tasks

The post holder will work within 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
  • Development of key priority areas in the Litter & Fly-tipping Prevention Plan (Including evidence gathering, monitoring and measures to support a more circular economy)
  • Communications and behaviour change
  • Gathering, commissioning and/or analysing evidence in relation to the development of the single use carrier bag charge policy. Proposing, developing or implementing policy solutions supported by the evidence.

The placement provides an opportunity to gain insight into the functioning of Welsh Government and evidence-based policy development at the highest level.  The post-holder will work in an interesting and diverse team, contributing to the shaping of a future policy direction. An excellent opportunity to experience how academic and other research feeds into the creation of government policy. The post-holder will be expected to work independently within parameters and guidelines provided by the Welsh Government. Working closely with a wide range of colleagues the successful candidate will build valuable working relationships, broaden their knowledge of public policy-making and enhance their existing transferable skills.

For further information and details of the application process please download the following form:

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