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Funded PhD Opportunity

Civic Ecology and Life Infrastructure: Humanitarian Infrastructure Development

Subject: Architecture, Built Environment and Planning


Summary

Civic ecology; the sense of a place designed and created in a socially responsible manner meeting the needs of the local population all the while contributing to the enhancement of our global ecosystems. It is worthy of note that the built environment is symbiotic with the natural environment and consequently together they exemplify the essence of all life infrastructure.

Civic Ecology and Life Infrastructure reflects who we are in the human ontological project, it protects and enhances our ethical and societal needs yet all the while contributing to our vulnerabilities.The global climate emergency is ushering in an era of socially responsible engineering where construction professionals will have to ensure that civic ecology and life infrastructure is central in both design and construction.

Taking account of ethics in design and striving to meet the societal needs of communities there is a compelling demand for engineers to produce and deliver nature-based solutions that sustain ecosystem services.The UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) has focused attention on ‘human livelihood’ resilience. The impacts of infrastructure designs exposing the world to or failing to protect the world from future hazards (natural and or technological) raises environmental concerns that need to be tackled in life infrastructure designs. Relatedly, in order to avoid dramatic negative changes in the global capability to provide ecosystem services, then of necessity humanitarian infrastructure development must include the restoration of both functional and indigenous levels of biodiversity, in order to assist with the recovery and enhancement of affected habitats.

Research ideas, under this theme, may come from this non-exhaustive indicative list:

*Defining resource-sensitive means to deliver aspects of the UN SDGs

*Life-centred Design thinking

*Mainstreaming biodiversity related concerns into humanitarian infrastructure development; and

*Developing engineering nature-based solutions to sustain ecosystem services.

Research under this theme ordinarily engages you in a balanced mix of desk top study, laboratory analysis and field work. The campus’s facilities extend across our extensive physical and online library resource, combined with appropriate analytical software. The research supervisory team have a wide range of industry experiences and maintain a strong link with industry, professional bodies and civic society, which greatly enhances your research environment. You will be afforded opportunities to develop focused research skills to address your project-specific requirements.

The skills you bring will include:

*A passion for your chosen topic.

*An analytical mind with the capacity to interrogate the breadth and depth of the subject.

*An appreciation of the importance of delivering relevant and impactive research outputs.

*An ability to work independently, with appropriate levels of supervision.

Ulster University offers experiences designed to enhance your ability to establish your research credibility in the international research community, which include:

*Gaining access to international experts in your field;

*Working closely with regional experts from industry, professional bodies and civic society;

*Attending and or presenting at relevant conferences, seminars and workshops;

*Authoring and or co-authoring research papers for consideration by appropriate academic journals; and

*Where appropriate, attending classes given by visiting professors and industry experts.


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 Ciaran McAleenan


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