‘Australia will one day embrace nuclear power’
If University College London PhD candidate James Brown gets his way, Australia will one day embrace nuclear power generation as part of a lower carbon future.
James’s UCL studies follow 10 years working in the private and public sector in Australia and the UK in economic analysis and policy manager roles. It was working in this field that he realised that nuclear energy, coupled with renewable energy, was the way of the future.
His research is focussing on economic, workforce and policy research in relation to safe and environmentally responsible deployment of nuclear power plants and the nuclear fuel supply chain in Australia.
“My initial drive to get into nuclear originated from working on climate change policy,” James says.
“I came to the conclusion that nuclear needed to be part of our future. Initially, like many, I looked only at renewable energy but I realised there was a gap that needed to be filled by nuclear.”
James commenced a BHP Billiton-funded PhD scholarship at UCL Australia in January 2013. He has already had two papers published internationally. An academic paper, published in the Journal of Nuclear Research and Development on ‘Australia’s future nuclear workforce requirements’, and an industry paper published in Nuclear Power International on ‘Opportunities and challenges in relation to developing a nuclear workforce’.
His interest in nuclear energy has been keenly embraced by UCL and James says his choice of university was logical.
“UCL is quite rare in the amount of interest and research it’s willing to undertake in this area, particularly on the economic and policy implications of nuclear which is what I’m focussing on.
“UCL is cutting edge; it’s taking a strong interest in considering long term issues such as nuclear power when some other universities are not interested.”
UCL Australia offers scholarships in partnership with industry to attract highly motivated and talented students to our world-class postgraduate programmes.
UCL is currently offering up to three BHP Billiton funded PhD research scholarships and is seeking aspiring researchers to contribute to the University’s emerging activity. Applications close on 30 October 2013 for commencement in February 2014.