King’s College London PhD Studentship in Climate Finance 2023

KBS-Department of Mathematics PhD Studentship in Climate Finance

King’s College London

Qualification Type:PhD
Funding for:UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount:£22,000 stipend per annum
Hours:Full Time
Placed On:19th December 2022
Closes:28th February 2023

Funding amount:

Fees, plus a stipend of £22,000 per annum


3 years Full Time (option 4)

Application deadlines: February 28th 2023

Entry: PhD Enrolment October 2023 start.

Applications are invited for a fully funded PhD studentship.  The student will be supervised jointly by Prof David Aikman (Director, Qatar Centre for Global Banking and Finance at King’s Business School) and Prof Teemu Pennanen (Professor of Financial Mathematics, Probability and Statistics at King’s Department of Mathematics).

Project Description

This studentship is open to candidates who wish to pursue a PhD in the area of climate finance. We are open to project proposals on any topic in this area, but areas of particular interest include:

  • Asset pricing and physical and transition risks of climate change
  • Carbon offset and allowance markets
  • Efficient power network auction mechanisms with renewable power generation
  • Stranded assets
  • The macroeconomic implications of climate change
  • The impact of climate-related disclosures, greenwashing
  • The application of data analytics (big data, text analysis, machine learning) to these issues
  • Econometric modelling of climate finance related risk factors

Candidates should have a strong quantitative background, with an undergraduate or graduate degree in Finance, Economics, Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Engineering, or similar. Knowledge of statistical software (such as SAS, Stata) or computer programming languages (such as Python, C/C++, Matlab) would be advantageous.

About the Qatar Centre for Global Banking and Finance

The Qatar Centre for Global Banking & Finance is a research centre dedicated to the study of central banks and the challenges they face in the global environment. It aims to develop cutting-edge research in all areas of central bank policymaking, ranging from monetary policy to financial stability and regulation.

The candidate will join the PhD programme at KBS, which provides strong computational and research training, in preparation for a career in academia, the finance industry and central banking.  The programme includes PhD courses and the writing of a PhD thesis.


Academic requirements:

The studentship covers:

  • Tuition fees
  • An annual stipend
  • A generous annual conference and training grant
  • Additional paid teaching opportunities

How to Apply

Your application should consist of:

  • A letter of interest of up to two pages in length outlining your background, interest and research skills related to the topic, and how you satisfy the requirements described above.
  • A detailed CV.
  • One academic reference letter, recently dated.

These should be e-mailed to by the 28th of February 2023, 5:00PM UK time (please put QCGBFPHD2023 in the subject title.). Please provide this e-mail address to the letter writers, so they can send the reference letters directly to us.

Formal appointment will be subject to checks at interview and references, certificates/qualifications/etc., and English test scores (if relevant).

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