Flows of critical (energy) resources

In this PhD project secondary data e.g. from the World Bank or the International Energy Agency (IEA) and insights from the recent H2020 project MEDEAS will be used to:

  1. Bring in and advance theoretical and empirical insights from Ecological Economics, Industrial Ecology, Energy Analysis, Graph Theory, Networks Science and Game Theory;
  2. Use these insights to draw analytical maps of the global network of oil (energy) flows in the socio-economic system, taking into account both quantity and quality of the resource including price mechanisms;
  3. Quantification of flows for the design of a ‘mind-sized’ oil (energy) flow-model e.g. system dynamics combined with Input-Output models and social network analysis; (4) Identify critical nodes that determine flows and systemic robustness, which could be used as flow-limiting agents for policies designed to meet carbon budgets and counteract limitations (resource peaks). Moreover, this is expected to provide theoretical insights into the specific functioning of the energy-economy nexus; help to make the link with other nexus e.g. the water-economy nexus and to explore the “why” of connections within networks (as to the “how”).

The project includes research collaboration with IIASA (AT), Masaryk University Brno (CZ), University of Groningen (NL), Jacobs University Bremen (G), European University Cyprus, the UK Environmental Agency and dependent on the specific research needs other partners of the network.

Secondments

Host Months Aim

IIASA (CP, BF)

13 - 15

To learn from Ecological and Biological systems theory and its methods.

JU (MH)

19

To undertake training in connectivity theory

EUC (VP)

22 - 24

For training and collaborating/advising for exploiting Graph Theoretical and Game Theoretical tools to extract theoretical insights and modelling of flows of critical energy resources.

EA (GG)

29 - 30

Exploration of the similarities of the water-economy nexus and links Defra policy (25YEP) re development of commercial markets for water trading and nutrient trading.

Other Positions in Critical Nodes and Resources

ESR 1

Durham University (United Kingdom)

Spatial and temporal roles of critical nodes in ecogeomorphic systems

ESR 12

MODUL University (Austria)

Flows of critical (energy) resources

ESR 9

Masaryk University (Czech Republic)

Critical nodes in economic connectivity: A multi-method application to facilitate structural transitions