PhD Studentship - Plant-Based Meat Alternative Supply Chains

Anglia Ruskin University
March 19, 2023
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Teaching, Research & Scholarship

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Full time



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Faculty of Business & Law

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About the role:

Plant-Based Meat Alternative Supply Chains: Mapping the Sustainability Impact


The global food system, contributing up to 30% of greenhouse gas emissions, is a prominent factor of biodiversity loss. Meat production is a leading cause of greenhouse gas emissions, tying up over 25% of usable land for livestock grazing (FAO, 2021). Alternative protein-based products (e.g., pea protein, soy, mycoprotein) are recognised as an effective way to address this issue (McClements, 2020). Central to this trend is consumers' belief that alternative protein-based products are considerably ‘greener' than meat-based products (reinforced through use of green packaging, advertising, and governmental campaigns) but whether this holds true when considering all stages of the supply chain, remains unclear. Furthermore, the business models that underpin these supply chains must in themselves also be sustainable.

The objective of this research is to investigate three core issues of food system innovations associated with increased adoption of plant-based proteins in human diets, namely (i) understanding and measuring sustainability performance (ii) understanding the industry challenges hindering mainstream adoption and (iii) mapping the key supply chain sustainability challenges.

Candidates should have a degree in Economics/management studies. Experience in food supply chains, food systems and sustainability are desirable. Excellent written and oral communication skills are essential for this role.

Funding Notes and Eligibility :

Applications are open to Home fee status students only. This successful applicant will receive a Vice Chancellor's Scholarship award which covers Home tuition fees and a UKRI equivalent minimum annual stipend for three years. The award is subject to the successful candidate meeting the studentship Terms and Conditions which can be found on our website alongside further information about the project: https: // scholarships

Applicants should have (or expect to achieve) a minimum upper second class undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a cognate discipline. A Master's degree in a relevant subject is desirable. Applicants must be prepared to study on a full-time basis, attending at our Cambridge campus.

Application Deadline : 19th March 2023

How to apply:

Applications for a Vice Chancellor's PhD Scholarship are made through the application portal on our website: https: // research/vc-phd-scholarships

We will review all applications after the submission deadline of 19th March. We will contact shortlisted applicants in the week commencing 3rd April. Interviews will be held between 17th April to 2nd May.

If you have any queries relating to the application process or the terms and conditions of the Scholarships, please email [email protected]

Documentation required

You will need the following documents available electronically to upload them to the application portal (we can accept files in pdf, jpeg or Word format):

1) Certificates and transcripts from your Bachelor and Master's degrees, (if applicable)

2) Your personal statement explaining your suitability for the project

3) Passport and visa, or evidence of EU Settlement Scheme (if applicable)

4) Curriculum Vitae

Please note the application form will ask you to upload a research proposal. You should upload your personal statement in this section, as proposals are not required for this scholarship.

Contact us :

General enquiries: [email protected]

If you would like to discuss this research project, please contact [email protected]

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting welfare of our staff and students and expect all staff to share this commitment.

We value diversity at ARU and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

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