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Tuesday, 15 January 2019

This opportunity to receive a Full Scholarship at the School of Economics, University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa, in collaboration with the School of Public Policy - University of California,
Riverside (UCR), USA.  
Wares - Water Regulation and Economic Analysis under Drought - is a new project that
offers a PhD position on water supply infrastructures, public policy and economic
Water scarcity is becoming the new social and economic norm for many households in
South Africa. Limited rainfall combined with a growing water demand has created a
situation where water demand outweighs supply. This unbalance between water demand
and supply has several economic, environmental and health-related implications. Many
businesses use water as input to supply goods and services that create employment and
reduce poverty. 
With limited access to water a number of jobs might be lost and this
situation exacerbates the poverty and inequality situation encountered in the country.
From the household side, mitigation of water scarcity involves adopting technologies that
help to a) save indoor and outdoor water demanded and b) promote re-use of water
through implementation of grey water collection, storage and treatment systems.
This research project provides a holistic approach that uses public economic theory to
determine the optimal design of payment of water services to maintain well functioning
water supply infrastructures. Additionally, the research aims at determining the impacts
associated with implementation of various water management policies on key socioeconomic
The PhD dissertation will be supervised by Djiby Racine Thiam (University of Cape
Town) and Ariel Dinar (University of California – Riverside).
Required profile
Successful candidates must have a Masters degree in Economics. Candidates with
experience in quantitative methods are preferred. Additional requirements are: Explicit
interest in and motivation for scientific research with high quality standard; have
excellent results in your graduate study; ability to work independently and to deliver
requested outputs in given deadlines. Some visits to the University of California,
Riverside, are also expected.
The PhD position is for an initial period of 3 years. A yearly amount of ZAR 120.000 is
given as stipend. Additionally, beyond the PhD stipend, the project offers also
scholarships for Masters dissertations.
How to apply
Interested candidates can send their CVs, motivation letters, and a draft of their Masters
dissertations to: 
Additional information can be obtained from:
Dr. Djiby Racine Thiam:
Closing date: 31 January 2019
Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview in February 2019.

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