Funded PhD Opportunity Sustainable City Regeneration through Infrastructure Investment

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Subject: Architecture, Built Environment and Planning


This project proposal will examine the social, economic and environmental problems facing UK cities and examine how infrastructure investment can be used as driver for sustainable development and growth in these regions.  Infrastructure investment can deliver sustainable development, economic growth and improvement of people’s well-being and living environments. Securing the financial resources necessary for the infrastructure investment requires the mobilisation of new investments through innovative financing and business models, multi-stakeholder partnerships and the long-term political and financial commitment of competent regional Authorities. Commitment from Authorities should involve local and regional authorities, planners, enterprises, academics and local communities in a clearly defined structure with roles and responsibilities properly spelled out for all involved parties.

The aim of this research proposal is to appraise infrastructure investment as a driver for sustainable city regeneration.

The Objectives are

(1) map, analyse and systematically document the scale of city regeneration

(2) examine drivers and barriers to city infrastructure investment (successful business models, financing mechanisms, leveraging of investments, governance structures, and legal frameworks)

(3) develop a research strategy to monitor the performance a city regeneration scheme, so as to assess the impact of sustainable development and growth

(4) establish long-term sustainable development and growth data and performance measurements of city infrastructure investment.

Collectively this research proposal could act as a platform for cities, facilitating an exchange of practices and sharing of experiences and a continuous building up of the 'knowledge portfolio'.

Essential Criteria

  • Upper Second Class Honours (2:1) Degree or equivalent from a UK institution (or overseas award deemed to be equivalent via UK NARIC)
  • Experience using research methods or other approaches relevant to the subject domain
  • Sound understanding of subject area as evidenced by a comprehensive research proposal

Desirable Criteria

If the University receives a large number of applicants for the project, the following desirable criteria may be applied to shortlist applicants for interview.

  • A comprehensive and articulate personal statement


    Vice Chancellors Research Scholarships (VCRS)

    The scholarships will cover tuition fees and a maintenance award of £15,009 per annum for three years (subject to satisfactory academic performance). Applications are invited from UK, European Union and overseas students.


    The scholarship will cover tuition fees at the Home rate and a maintenance allowance of £15,009 per annum for three years. EU applicants will only be eligible for the fees component of the studentship (no maintenance award is provided).  For Non EU nationals the candidate must be "settled" in the UK.

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Key Dates

Submission Deadline
Monday 19 February 2018
Interview Date
12 March 2018

Contact Supervisor

Professor Martin Haran

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