Studentship in Fair and Equitable Allocation of Common Pool Resources

University of Southampton School of Economic Social and Political Sciences

ESRC South Coast DTP Studentship - Fair and equitable allocation of common pool resources (S2108)


Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £15,285 (2020/21 UKRI rate)
Closing Date:  Monday 18 January 2021
Reference:  SCDTP-S2108

Fair and equitable allocation of common pool resources

A fully funded studentship awarded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership (SCDTP) commencing in 2021/22 Academic Year.

How do we manage natural resources more fairly and efficiently? This project will use experimental economic methods to empirically test how people choose between personal gains and the welfare of others in natural resource management. It will investigate how such trade-offs and moral considerations play a role in different decision-making contexts, to suggest resource management approaches that account for potential inequalities.

Supervisory Team:

  • Dr Emmanouil Mentzakis – School of economics ()
  • Dr Marije Schaafsma – SOGES ()
  • Dr Ilda Dreoni – School of social statistics and demography ()

Skills Required

The applicant is required to have strong quantitative skills and be familiar with concepts of economic theory (rational choice) and how these are applied in sustainable development. The applicant should have a strong interest in experimental economics. 


South Coast DTP Funding provides an annual maintenance grant (tax free) of £15285 (2020/21 UKRI rate), plus payment of programme fees.  Other funding available for SCDTP funded students can be found on the SCDTP website ().

Funding is provided for 3 years full-time PhD study (pro-rata for part-time students).  Applications for 1+3 funding for students completing a Master's year prior to the commencement of PhD study are also welcome (details available at ).

Application Procedure

The closing date and time for applications is 4.00pm on 18th January 2021.  The full application procedure, the funding application form, and more information on the South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership can be found at: 

For further information about this project, please contact the lead supervisor detailed above.  For questions relating to the application procedure, or for more information about the SCDTP, please visit the SCDTP website or contact us