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Ageing Intervention Developments (AID)

PGR-P-1994

Key facts

Type of research degree
PhD
Application deadline
Ongoing deadline
Country eligibility
International (open to all nationalities, including the UK)
Funding
Non-funded
Supervisors
Dr Alex Torku
Schools
School of Civil Engineering
<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Summary</h2>

Join the Ageing Intervention Developments (AID) Lab if you are passionate about improving equity, social justice, and inclusivity for ageing persons within the construction industry and the built environment infrastructure.

<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Full description</h2>

<p>The global population is ageing (including an ageing construction workforce), and the built environment infrastructure in many cities and communities are approaching their design life. I refer to this unprecedented phenomenon as &ldquo;double ageing&rdquo;. Double ageing presents us with challenges and opportunities. To tackle the challenges and harness the benefits of double ageing, we have created a collaborative and engagement research network called &lsquo;Ageing Intervention Development (AID) Lab&rsquo;. Our core aim is to bring together researchers, community, industry, policymakers, and other partners: create an interdisciplinary space to explore questions, engage in dialogues and develop interventions to inform decision-making outcomes in age-friendly cities, communities, and workplaces towards improving equity, social justice, and inclusivity for ageing persons within the construction industry and the built environment infrastructure.</p> <p>Our vision (which directly feeds into our core research theme) is to create Ageing Intervention Developments (AID):&nbsp;</p> <p>1)&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;to promote an age-friendly construction industry where older construction workers feel safe, comfortable, and happy while improving productivity.</p> <p>2)&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;to promote an age-friendly built environment (our daily surroundings, such as workplaces, buildings, parks, roads, and pavement) that is inclusive and accessible to promote active ageing.</p> <p>3)&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;inspired by emerging technologies, such as wearable sensors (for human sensing), Artificial Intelligence, robotics, extended reality, and digital twins.</p> <p>Our research explores theories within environmental psychology (e.g., human-environment interactions), psychophysiology, and social cognition. We use these theories to guide our understanding of how older adults &ldquo;interact&rdquo; and &ldquo;respond&rdquo; in complex systems. We monitor these interactions and responses through physiological indicators (e.g., heart rate, skin conductivity, brain activity), psychological indicators (e.g., stress), human behaviour (e.g., gait) and self-reflection.</p> <p>Join us at AID Lab if you share our vision and want to make real world impact.</p> <p>We are also looking for highly motivated students with the desire to contribute to research at AID Lab. PhD applicants are required to develop a research proposal that aligns with one or more of AID Lab&rsquo;s vision and core research themes. Interested candidates may come from different disciplines, such as construction management, civil engineering, architecture, urban planning, geography, computer science, electrical engineering, psychology, health sciences, sociology, cultural studies, art and performance design, or related fields.&nbsp;We employ person-centred, community-based participatory research, and policy-level approaches to co-produce all aspects of our research project.</p>

<h2 class="heading">How to apply</h2>

<p>Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.leeds.ac.uk/research-applying/doc/applying-research-degrees">University&#39;s website</a>. Please state clearly in the Planned Course of Study section that you are applying for <em><strong>PhD Civil Engineering FT</strong></em>,&nbsp;in the research information section&nbsp;that the research degree you wish to be considered for is<em><strong> Ageing Intervention Developments</strong></em> as well as&nbsp;<a href="https://eps.leeds.ac.uk/civil-engineering/staff/14443/dr-alex-torku">Dr Alex Torku</a> as your proposed supervisor&nbsp;and in the finance section, please state clearly <em><strong>the funding that you are applying for, if you are self-funding or externally sponsored</strong></em>.</p> <p>If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University&#39;s minimum English language requirements (below).</p> <p><em>As an international research-intensive university, we welcome students from all walks of life and from across the world. We foster an inclusive environment where all can flourish and prosper, and we are proud of our strong commitment to student education. Across all Faculties we are dedicated to diversifying our community and we welcome the unique contributions that individuals can bring, and particularly encourage applications from, but not limited to Black, Asian, people who belong to a minority ethnic community, people who identify as LGBT+ and people with disabilities. Applicants will always be selected based on merit and ability.</em></p> <p>Applications will be considered on an ongoing basis. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the supervisors for an informal discussion before making a formal application. We also advise that you apply at the earliest opportunity as the application and selection process may close early, should we receive a sufficient number of applications or that a suitable candidate is appointed.</p> <p>Please note that you must provide the following documents in support of your application by the point you submit your application:</p> <p><br /> o&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Full Transcripts of all degree study or if in final year of study, full transcripts to date<br /> o&nbsp; &nbsp; Personal Statement outlining your interest in the project<br /> o&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;CV</p>

<h2 class="heading heading--sm">Entry requirements</h2>

Applicants to research degree programmes should normally have at least a first class or an upper second class British Bachelors Honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate discipline. The criteria for entry for some research degrees may be higher, for example, several faculties, also require a Masters degree. Applicants are advised to check with the relevant School prior to making an application. Applicants who are uncertain about the requirements for a particular research degree are advised to contact the School or Graduate School prior to making an application.

<h2 class="heading heading--sm">English language requirements</h2>

The minimum English language entry requirement for research postgraduate research study is an IELTS of 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in each component (reading, writing, listening and speaking) or equivalent. The test must be dated within two years of the start date of the course in order to be valid. Some schools and faculties have a higher requirement.

<h2 class="heading">Funding on offer</h2>

<p><strong>Self-Funded or externally sponsored students are welcome to apply</strong>.</p> <p><strong>UK </strong>&ndash; The <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk/funding/209-leeds-doctoral-scholarships-2022">Leeds Doctoral Scholarships</a> and <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk/funding/234-leeds-opportunity-research-scholarship-2022">Leeds Opportunity Research Scholarship</a> are available to UK applicants (open from October 2024 and rolling every year). <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk/funding/60-alumni-bursary">Alumni Bursary</a> is available to graduates of the University of Leeds.</p> <p><strong>Non-UK</strong> &ndash;The <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk/funding/48-china-scholarship-council-university-of-leeds-scholarships-2021">China Scholarship Council - University of Leeds Scholarship</a> is available to nationals of China (now closed for 2024/25 entry). The <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk/funding/73-leeds-marshall-scholarship">Leeds Marshall Scholarship</a> is available to support US citizens. <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk/funding/60-alumni-bursary">Alumni Bursary</a> is available to graduates of the University of Leeds.</p> <p>Important: &nbsp;Any costs associated with your arrival at the University of Leeds to start your PhD including flights, immigration health surcharge/medical insurance and Visa costs are <strong>not </strong>covered under these studentships.</p> <p>Please refer to the <a href="https://www.ukcisa.org.uk/">UKCISA </a>website for information regarding Fee Status for Non-UK Nationals.</p>

<h2 class="heading">Contact details</h2>

<p>For further information about this project and AID Lab, please contact Dr Alex Torku by email to <a href="mailto:a.torku@leeds.ac.uk">a.torku@leeds.ac.uk</a><br /> For further information about your application, please contact Doctoral College Admissions by email to <a href="mailto:phd@engineering.leeds.ac.uk">phd@engineering.leeds.ac.uk</a></p>


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