WG PhD Student Placement: The Economic and Wider Value of Water in Wales

Deadline for submission of applications: 17th November 2023 @ 15:00hrs.

The Water and Flood Division of the Welsh Government is seeking a PhD student for a placement opportunity within its Water Policy team. The team‘s remit falls under the portfolio of the Minister for Climate Change which supports delivery objectives identified under primary legislation such as the Environment (Wales) Act 2016 and the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act 2015. The team works closely with a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders and representatives of the UK Government and the other Devolved Administrations. 

The placement provides an opportunity to gain insight into the functioning of Welsh Government and evidenced 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. 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. The student will join an analytical team managing a diverse evidence-base and delivering technical and advisory support across the Climate Change response agenda. This is an interesting and diverse role, working on a high-profile programme across Welsh Government portfolios which will allow the student to gain a broad knowledge and understanding of Welsh Government policy work. With support from their Welsh Government supervisor, the student will be expected to take responsibility for managing and delivery of work commitments during the placement period.

Key Tasks

  • Collation of data and evidence regarding water usage in Wales and the economic importance of water;
  • Engagement with a range of internal stakeholders, including economists and WG data services;
  • Engagement with policy officials in areas such as agriculture, forestry, waste management, environmental evidence, people and environment and climate change;
  • Exploration of behavioural change prompts that could support water saving in Wales;
  • Consideration the topic in the context of wider Welsh Government policies and agendas;
  • Analysis of the collated information and data;
  • Drafting a final report in the subject; and

Supporting of policy recommendations.

For further information about the role please download the form using the link below:

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