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Climate Resilience in Infrastructure Adaptation Projects


Key facts

Type of research degree
Application deadline
Friday 29 May 2020
Project start date
Monday 26 October 2020
Country eligibility
UK and EU
Competition funded
Source of funding
Doctoral training partnership
Professor Andrew Brown and Dr David Dawson
Additional supervisors
Dr Alistair Hunt (University of Bath)
School of Civil Engineering
<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Summary</h2>

Infrastructure resilience to climate change is becoming increasingly important as our built environments are subjected to increasing natural hazards. This PhD project will examine the financial issues at national and international scales associated with adaptation option appraisal for improved infrastructure resilience: reviewing concepts, techniques, and guidance and generating new evidence from the infrastructure sector on how to adapt current practice towards future success. The studentship requires a strongly motivated researcher that can deliver interdisciplinary research outputs from the start. It will provide an excellent opportunity to engage with academics, practitioners, and infrastructure managers &amp; policy makers in the field of climate resilience and adaptation planning - thus providing a strong opportunity for future work in the field.

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

<p>Adapting our infrastructure to increase its resilience to climate change is a key national challenge (Climate Change Risk Assessment, 2017). Yet as resilience is still a debated concept, when it is placed into policy and practice it can make a large scale engineering infrastructure investment decisions assessment and appraisal is difficult. Applying adapted cost-benefit analysis techniques is the status quo recommendation (e.g. HM Treasury (2018), European Commission (2016), OECD (2018)), but issues with probabilistic climate information, future uncertainties, and valuation deter the widespread use of these techniques. &nbsp;</p> <p>This PhD project will examine how resilience is conceptualised in adaptation investment decisions and standards for improving resilience to urban flooding in the transport sector, what new techniques are developing to assist policy makers and sector decision makers, and how these techniques can be improved to support update for future planning. The project will generate new understandings and perspectives from the resilience sector, and provide new guidance on how to improve uptake of methods and approaches to assess transport infrastructure adaptations.</p> <p>This studentship requires a candidate with an interdisciplinary perspective on academic research, so as to enable the study scope to stretch across disciplines from climate science, economics, and engineering. This is a challenging project, and the exact methodological approach will need to be designed and determined during the initial stages of the PhD. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>

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

<p>Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the&nbsp;<a href="">University&#39;s website</a>. Please state clearly in the research information section&nbsp;that the research degree you wish to be considered for is <strong>Climate Resilience in Infrastructure Adaptation Projects </strong>&nbsp;as well as DR DAVID DAWSON&nbsp;as your proposed supervisor.</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>We welcome applications from all suitably-qualified candidates, but UK black and minority ethnic (BME) researchers are currently under-represented in our Postgraduate Research community, and we would therefore particularly encourage applications from UK BME candidates. All scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit.</em></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>UK/EU</strong>&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;Engineering &amp; Physical Sciences Research Council Studentship&nbsp;for 3.5 years. A full standard studentship consists of academic fees (&pound;4,600 in Session 2020/21), together with a maintenance grant (&pound;15,285&nbsp;in Session 2020/21) paid at standard Research Council rates. UK applicants will be eligible for a full award paying tuition fees and maintenance. Applicants successful in obtaining a&nbsp;DTP&nbsp;Civil Engineering studentship for &nbsp;will automatically be considered for the supplementary Civil Engineering Alumni Bursary (value &pound;3000 p.a. for 3.5 years). &nbsp;European Union applicants will be eligible for an award paying tuition fees only, except in exceptional circumstances, or where residency has been established for more than 3 years prior to the start of the course.&nbsp;&nbsp;Funding is awarded on a competitive basis.</p>

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

<p>For information or an informal discussion of the project please contact Dr David Dawson, e: <a href=""></a>; t: (+44) 113 343 9548</p> <p>For information regarding&nbsp;the application procedure please contact Doctoral College Admissions, e: <a href=""></a>, t: +44 (0)113 343 5057</p>

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