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Posted: 15 Mar 2023


Project description

Climate Change Mitigation and Climate Change Adaptation require a fundamental rethink of how housing is constructed and used. Especially within a policy environment increasingly prioritising the role of individual responsibility in how we act against Climate Change and Extreme Weather Events.

This has been particularly highlighted in the recently published IPCC reports, in how adaptation and mitigation must move together hand in hand. However, they are potentially conflicting given how Climate Change impacts will be experienced. For example, better insulated buildings have a lower energy footprint. However, floodwater contamination can require insulation to be replaced, increasing flood damage. Similarly, solar panels help reduce carbon footprints, but increases vulnerability to hail/windstorms, resulting in larger monetary losses. Therefore, there are trade-offs in how we construct (or retrofit for) climate resilient buildings. Society requires fit-for-purpose regarding both Mitigation and Adaptation equally.

This studentship investigates how and where these interactions occur (initially focusing on flooding adaptation vs. climate mitigation), how trade-offs can be limited, and where synergies can be incentivised in a socially equitable manner.

English Language Skills
- Only English speakers (the UK Visas and Immigration list of English speaking countries) are exempt from taking an English language proficiency test.
- Applicants requiring an English language proficiency test must pass an IELTS test with a score of 6.5 at a UKVI approved SELTS Centre with a minimum 6.0 in all the skills.
- If your research project is in a language other than English, this criteria does not apply.

Classical Arabic Language Skills
- Students are expected to pass an Arabic proficiency test. The test is based on assessing reading proficiency with a text of classical Arabic.

Academic Criteria
- Applicants will normally be expected to have achieved at least three B grades at Advanced ‘A’-Level qualifications, or equivalent.
- Applicants who have completed A-Levels do not need to provide GCSE results.
- Mature applicants who already have a university degree are exempted from these requirements and are judged on the relevance of their qualification as well as their degree classification.
- Please note, acceptance will also depend on evidence of readiness to pursue a research degree
- Two references.

Additional Requirements
- UK citizenship or permanent resident status.
- A minimum age of 18 years at the point of enrolment.

A stipend of £2100.00 per month for the length of the project will be paid to successful applicants.

Funding is subject to eligibility status and confirmation of award.

- All candidates should submit a full CV and covering letter to with the name of the project in the email subject by the deadline. The application form at the bottom of this page should also be submitted.
- A Selection Panel will be established to review all applications and to conduct interviews of short-listed candidates.
- Candidates will be invited to give a short presentation prior to their formal interview, as part of the final selection process. It is expected that the shortlisting selection process will be held in week commencing 4th April 2022, with interviews to follow.
- The initial closing date for applications is Friday 1st April 2022. The positions will however remain available until all scholarships are awarded.
- For questions about eligibility and the application process please direct your questions to with the name of the project in the email subject.

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