Supported by DTA Award and Thames Water, a studentship up to £17,000 p.a. for 3 years plus UK/EU fees* is available
Application deadline: 31 Jan 2012
Supervisor: Prof. Paul Jeffrey
Duration of award: Three years
Award type: PhD
Cranfield University and The Cranfield Water Science Institute seeks applications for a PhD Research studentship to study the social and governance dimensions of an innovative water recycling scheme at the Olympic Park in London.
Whilst significant effort has been invested in the design and development of novel technologies and processes to deliver more sustainable water services, deployment of these innovations within urban environments in particular has been slow to emerge. Water recycling schemes are a particularly interesting and significant example of this reality as the regulatory, governance, engineering, and management communities struggle to shape attractive conditions for reuse scheme implementation. The Olympic Park context provides an exciting opportunity to, for the first time, monitor the performance of a large scale urban reuse project in the UK across a range of management and human factor dimensions. The multi-cultural nature of the community which will inhabit the Olympic Park in Summer 2012 offers another distinctive dimension to the research. Working closely with Thames Water and organizations associated with the Olympic Park, the project will explore both individual and institutional responses to the reuse scheme as an urban water intervention, as well as the history of its planning, development and implementation. Primary fieldwork will entail elicitation of knowledge, experiences, and opinions from those involved in the design and execution of the water recycling scheme as well as with individuals using facilities supplied with recycled water. Findings will inform contemporary debates and developments in three important areas of sustainable water management; incentivising more sustainable interventions, regulation & governance of innovative water management options, and water reuse scheme design. Doctoral Training Centres
This higher research degree is associated with one of our Doctoral Training Centre, which is funded in part by the Research Councils and industry. A generic core skills training programmeis provided for all research students. This is structured as a series of half day or full day events and acts as a social and networking forum to foster and develop Cranfield’s research student community.
Applicants should have a first or upper second class UK honours degree or equivalent and ideally an MSc in a related field such as the Human, Social or Environmental Sciences (e.g. behavioural, political, or administrative science). They should also have practical and recent experience of social survey techniques (e.g. interviewing, focus groups, observation). Familiarity with issues related to urban water management is desirable.
*The studentships will cover the tuition fees at the UK/EU rate only and provide a bursary of up to £17,000 p.a. for three years. To be eligible for this funding, applicants must have:
• no restrictions on how long you can stay in the UK, i.e. no visa restrictions or have ‘settled status’, and
• have been ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the grant and
• not been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education. (This does not apply to UK or EU nationals).
All EU nationals are eligible to receive a fees-only award if they do not have ‘settled status’ in the UK.
All non-EU nationals are very unlikely to be eligible for this funding under the Education (Fees and Awards) Regulations 1997.
For full details about eligibility please visit: http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/PostgraduateTraining/ StudentEligibility.htm
How to apply For an informal enquiries please contact
Professor Paul Jeffery - p.j.jeffreycranfield.ac.uk- +44 (0)1234 754814
Please complete the online application form
Alternatively, for more information and an application form, please contact:
School of Applied Sciences
T: 44 (0)1234 754086