The PhD will take place in the interdisciplinary RECALL (Sustainable RECovery of vALuable metaLs in bauxite residue project), a program funded by the ANR (Agence Nationale de la Recherche) which brings together several academic and non-academic partners: CEREGE, AMSE, ICSM, HYMAG'IN and ALTEO. The aim of the RECALL project is to selectively recover critical metals and to valorize the iron in bauxite residues with the overall goal of reducing the pressure on natural mineral resources. A shortage of these materials could be a potential bottleneck to the deployment of a number of strategic technologies including electronic and renewable energies that contain a large number of critical metals including Rare Earth Elements (REEs). To reduce the environmental footprint of the extractions, this interdisciplinary project will develop two sustainable processes as an alternative to traditional pyro- and hydrometallurgy processes and will value the economic impact of this technological change in terms of social welfare in which potential environmental and health impacts will be considered. The PhD student will work in interaction with (and benefit from) another PhD fellow (AMIDEX - Aix-Marseille University foundation) started in June 2020 and working on the extraction of critical metals from bauxite residue at CEREGE.
First, social well-being will be considered, that includes the externalities associated with the process (e.g. environmental and health impacts) and other sources of economic inefficiency (e.g. technological and economic uncertainties) that have an impact on welfare at the aggregate level. The PhD student will have to identify and model social welfare variations using new processes compared to traditional ones. Second, analysis of the economic conditions that will favor the adoption of the new technologies through a prospective analysis will be developed. o Third, because in the case of critical metals, the development of the proposed technologies will probably have a significant impact on relative prices, the impacts on the social welfare of different types of risks and uncertainties related to technological, economic, and environmental changes must be explored. To this end, a socioeconomic assessment method based on technology readiness assessment (TRA) using the Technology Readiness Levels (TRL) will be developed.Web site for additional job details
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Economics: Master Degree or equivalent
FRENCH: BasicContact Information