Applications are invited for full-time funded Studentships, the awards cover the cost of the fees at the UK/EU rate and a bursary of £14,000 p.a. for a maximum of three years. There are also limited funds available to which students can apply for conference and fieldwork expenses. International candidates can apply but please note that your fees will only be covered up to the UK/EU rate and you will be required to make up the difference each year (currently approx £7,178).
Applicants should hold either a first class honours degree or upper second a first degree (or equivalent) or a relevant Masters (at Merit or equivalent or above). Exceptional candidates with other relevant experience will be considered. For students without English as a first language a minimum of IELTS 6.5 is required. It is intended that the studentships should start at the beginning of October 2011. The former School of the Built Environment (which is now part of the new Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment) has an excellent reputation for the quality of its research in Architecture, Planning and Real Estate and Construction (RAE 2008). The Faculty is also home to the Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development (OISD), which is the largest academic research institute in the UK dedicated to research on sustainable development in the built environment.
The Urban Futures programme has a truly interdisciplinary focus and is designed to address the key challenges of global urban growth, and the implications not only for the built and natural environments, but also the creation of sustainable urban futures. The programme places particular emphasis on understanding environmental and technical challenges; behavioural and policy context; futures thinking; and societal impact. There is therefore a strong urban policy and practice component.
The programme invites applications for fully funded PhD studentships in the following research areas:
- Theme 1: 'Sustainable urban form': helping create urban futures which are truly sustainable.
- Theme 2: 'Urban utopias and dystopias': the way in which studies of the past can inform not only the present, but also future change in urban areas.
- Theme 3: 'Climate change: human adaptation and mitigation': how society (in its broadest sense, including the social constructs of policy measures) and climate change interact to produce impacts and consequences for urban futures.
- Theme 4: 'Retrofitting for a Sustainable Urban Future': how buildings, communities or cities can be retrofitted to provide a more sustainable future.
Two studentships are initially available. One of these will be in themes 1-3 and the other in theme 4.
How to Apply
An application form, guidance notes and further information are available at the Urban Futures website or email the programme administrator Justyna Laszczynska at firstname.lastname@example.org. Completed forms should be returned to the administrator. Please note that the closing date for applications is 21 April 2011. Interviews will be held on 17 May 2011. Please send completed application forms to Justyna Laszczynska at the address printed on the application form.
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23rd March 2011