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Urban Retrofit and Low Carbon Innovation, EPSRC-funded PhD studentship at the Welsh School of Architecture (PhD Studentship)

Reference Number: R839
Closing Date: Closed for applications
Duration: 3 years
Funding Amount: Full UK/EU tuition fees plus stipend
Level of Study: Postgraduate Research
Regions: EU (Non UK), UK
This funding opportunity is now closed for application

Key Studentship Information

Project Title: Urban Retrofit and Low Carbon Innovation

Project Description: The Low Carbon Research Institute (LCRI) at the Welsh School of Architecture (WSA) invites applications for a fully funded 3-year PhD studentship in the area of Urban Retrofit and Low Carbon Innovation. We are particularly interested in proposals exploring the economics and financing of large scale retrofit activities in a UK context, or assessing the supply chain and local employment opportunities created through innovation and investment in the low carbon built environment.

Cities are responsible for some 70% of global carbon emissions and 75% of global energy consumption, and by 2050 70% of the world’s population will live in cities. Facing the daunting prospects of climate change and growing resource constraints, the challenge for urban policymakers is to develop the knowledge and capacity to understand more sustainable ways of generating and using energy and resources and to incorporate them into the existing built environment, and the lives of the people who live in it.

Supervisors: Prof Malcolm Eames

Start Date: 1st October 2012


This award will cover full UK/EU tuition fees and a doctoral stipend matching UK Research Council national minimum (£13,590 p.a. for 2012/13, updated each year).

This studentship is funded by EPSRC Doctoral Grant funding.


Academic Criteria: Applicants should hold a good first degree (at least a 2.1) in a related discipline.

Residency: Full awards (fees plus maintenance stipend) are open to UK Nationals and EU students who can satisfy UK residency requirements. To be eligible for the full award, EU Nationals must have been in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the course for which they are seeking funding, including for the purposes of full-time education. EU Nationals who do not meet the above residency requirement are eligible for a fees only award, provided that they have been ordinarily resident in the EU for at least 3 years prior to the start of their proposed programme of study.

How to Apply

To make an application please submit a CV, Covering Letter and Research Proposal to

Please follow guidelines for writing research proposals which can be found on the school website.

Suitable applicants will also be required to make a formal application for the programme of study using the normal Cardiff University applications portal. Applications should be made to one of Cardiff's PhD programmes in architecture.

Application Deadline: 22nd June 2012

Further Information

For more information please contact Katrina Lewis on or 029 20876251.

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