Economics Research Assistant and Partnership Officer
One-sixth of energy consumption is used in home heating, largely through burning natural gas (Eurostat, 2019). Reducing this fuel use is necessary for the transition to net zero, and has become an even higher priority in an era of high prices and geopolitical supply shocks. The UK has recently launched a Boiler Upgrade Scheme as part of its Heat and Buildings Strategy. Yet, historically take up of boiler upgrade subsidies has been low. This internship will be instrumental in establishing partnerships with contractors and stakeholders to set up a randomized control trial to study barriers to take-up of boiler upgrades and wellbeing effects of these upgrades.
The main duties of the intern will include:
- Preparing a summary of existing research on the topic
- Managing the partnership with the implementing organization(s) carrying out the experiment
- Supporting the development of the experimental design
The intern will work in close collaboration and under the supervision of Drs. Arun Advani and Ludovica Gazze in the Department of Economics. The Department of Economics at the University of Warwick is one of the top-5 departments in the UK for research output, with a strong focus on policy evaluations. Drs Advani and Gazze have robust experience in conducting field experiments and managing project teams. The internship can be remote, worked in a Covid-secure environment on campus, or a mixture of the two, per mutual agreement of the intern and the supervisors.
You will work in close collaboration and under the supervision of Drs. Arun Advani and Ludovica Gazze in the Department of Economics. The Department of Economics at the University of Warwick is one of the top-5 departments in the UK for research output, with a strong focus on policy evaluations. Drs Advani and Gazze have robust experience in conducting field experiments and managing project teams. The intern will work on a project titled The Economics of Clean Heat.
Project Aims: The aim of this project is to investigate the barriers to uptake of clean boilers.
Internship Objectives: To establish partnerships to carry out a randomized control trial to test barriers to uptake of clean boilers, and to conduct a literature review to situate the study in the economics literature.
- Map project stakeholders
- Conduct outreach via email and phone to mapped stakeholders in concert with the supervisors and provide summaries of stakeholder’s views on proposed project
- Co-develop project memos outlining the proposed research
- Conduct literature review of relevant scholarly papers in the field of economics
- Attend weekly meeting with supervisors to discuss project updates and next steps
The internship can be remote, worked in a Covid-secure environment on campus, or a mixture of the two, per mutual agreement of the intern and the supervisors. Project tasks require access to a computer with standard Office software, so if working remotely you will need to have your own access to a suitable work environment and such computer facilities. Part of the role may include phone conversations with project partners. If these will create additional costs beyond your existing phone plan, please let us know, and we will arrange reimbursement of additional expenses subject to the provision of evidence of these additional costs.
Communications with supervisors will occur primarily via email, to ensure ease of regular communication. Weekly check-ins will ensure progress monitoring and timely resolution of any potential issues that might arise.
You will work for 36.5 hours per week, flexibly, with core hours expected 9am-5pm Mon-Fri (with a one-hour lunchbreak), or as agreed with the supervisors. On joining the project team, we will provide an induction briefing into the wider policy context, the overall project the work fits into, and how your work will contribute both to the project research goals and to having a practical impact on the UK policy landscape. You will also work alongside a PhD student in the Economics department, providing another source of advice and peer learning.
- Demonstrated ability to manage time and tasks, and high attention to detail
- Excellent organization of work materials and note-taking
- Reasonable understanding of economic papers
- Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to communicate effectively and confidently at all levels and to different audiences, including project leads, project team members and partner organisations.
- Ability to work with a wide variety of stakeholders
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Fluency in written and spoken English