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Funded PhD Opportunity

Fire: Human behaviour, Community Safety and Risk Assessment

Subject: Architecture, Built Environment and Planning


Summary

This research area comprises the study of people’s awareness, beliefs, attitudes, motivations, decisions, behaviour and coping strategies relative to fire and emergencies and the assessment of the risks associated with the factors that influence them.  The area spans pre, peri and post events, i.e. the preparedness of individuals or organisations to deal with fire and evacuation, behavioural response during evacuation and their resilience in the aftermath of an event.

The primary aim of this research is to minimise the risk to people from fire and emergencies. This is achieved by generating and collecting quantitative and qualitative data to inform fire safety education, management, performance based design, evacuation modelling and risk analysis.

Research projects in the following, or any other related research area, are welcome:

*fire safety for vulnerable populations (children, elderly, disabled, those with intellectual disabilities)

*development and evaluation of fire safety education and training programmes *human behaviour in domestic settings

*behavioural responses to fire cues and influencing factors

*impact of involvement in fire eg Post Traumatic Stress Symptomology

*coupling evacuation and fire models for incorporation into the development of risk analysis tools

*agent-based modelling for fire risk assessment in buildings The nature of the work will depend on the proposed topic but may involve (in addition to desktop research) experimental work (laboratory or field), surveys, interview/focus group studies of survivors of real fires, evacuation modelling and fire modelling.

This research area potentially transverses the disciplines of psychology, sociology, human factors, mathematics, engineering, architecture, health and safety. In undertaking this type of research the student will develop a high level of creativity and innovation in research design, demonstrate their ability to collect, analyse and present complex data using a range of methods and techniques and recognise the potential application of the research in the wider context of fire safety engineering, fire safety education or management.


Essential criteria

  • To hold, or expect to achieve by 15 August, an Upper Second Class Honours (2:1) Degree or equivalent from a UK institution (or overseas award deemed to be equivalent via UK NARIC) in a related or cognate field.
  • Clearly defined research proposal detailing background, research questions, aims and methodology

Funding

    The University offers the following awards to support PhD study and applications are invited from UK, EU and overseas for the following levels of support:

    Vice Chancellors Research Studentship (VCRS)

    Full award (full-time PhD fees + DfE level of maintenance grant + RTSG for 3 years).

    This scholarship will cover full-time PhD tuition fees and provide the recipient with £15,000 maintenance grant per annum for three years (subject to satisfactory academic performance). This scholarship also comes with £900 per annum for three years as a research training support grant (RTSG) allocation to help support the PhD researcher.

    Vice-Chancellor’s Research Bursary (VCRB)

    Part award (full-time PhD fees + 50% DfE level of maintenance grant + RTSG for 3 years).

    This scholarship will cover full-time PhD tuition fees and provide the recipient with £7,500 maintenance grant per annum for three years (subject to satisfactory academic performance). This scholarship also comes with £900 per annum for three years as a research training support grant (RTSG) allocation to help support the PhD researcher.

    Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fees Bursary (VCRFB)

    Fees only award (PhD fees + RTSG for 3 years).

    This scholarship will cover full-time PhD tuition fees for three years (subject to satisfactory academic performance). This scholarship also comes with £900 per annum for three years as a research training support grant (RTSG) allocation to help support the PhD researcher.

    Department for the Economy (DFE)

    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 fee’s component of the studentship (no maintenance award is provided). For Non-EU nationals the candidate must be "settled" in the UK. This scholarship also comes with £900 per annum for three years as a research training support grant (RTSG) allocation to help support the PhD researcher.

    Due consideration should be given to financing your studies; for further information on cost of living etc. please refer to: www.ulster.ac.uk/doctoralcollege/postgraduate-research/fees-and-funding/financing-your-studies


Other information


The Doctoral College at Ulster University

Key dates

Submission deadline
Friday 7 February 2020

Interview Date
Week beginning 9 March 2020


Applying

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Campus

Jordanstown campus

Jordanstown campus
The largest of Ulster's campuses


Contact supervisor

Dr Nigel McConnell


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