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PhD in Real Estate & Planning at Henley Business School

About the Programme. Join high calibre, doctoral candidates, from more than 25 countries in the world, and study at a triple-accredited global business school. Read more

Improving community engagement in renewable energy developments

Many of UK’s renewal energy developments that obtain government sanctioned approval to proceed, but not ’community approval’, are compounding the NIMBY oppositions that often lead to protracted conflicts between communities, industries and governments which in turn results in significant social, political and economic costs to the interests of all concerned. Read more

PhD Study in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning

All our PhD students have the support of two (or more) supervisors to guide them through their projects, a dedicated training programme of support within our Department (which includes weekly workshops), and wider training provided by the University and the White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership (WRDTP). Read more

Integrating climate risk to reservoir water quality into water infrastructure planning

This PhD offers a world-class environment and highly competitive compensation (see funding). It is ideally suited to a motivated individual with a strong quantitative background, who is keen to develop a range of advanced technical and transferable skills that are highly sought after both in industry and academia. Read more

Planning low-carbon electricity systems under uncertainty

[Update. The review of applications begins on 15th April, 2022 and the position remains open until filled. If you are interested in this opportunity please send a CV and a cover letter to ]. Read more

Examining the extent to which planning moderates intention-behaviour relations for various health-related behaviours

Intention is the most proximal determinant of future behaviour in many models of health behaviour. However, there is a less-than-perfect relationship between people’s intention and their behaviour – the “intention-behaviour gap”. Read more
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The impact of tacit knowledge on delivery route planning in urban environments

Applications are invited for our EPSRC funded Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) PhD studentships that will support six (6) research projects starting 1 October 2022. Read more

Motion Planning in Autonomous Robots

The project will focus primarily on Autonomous Robots. The general research theme involves theoretical and experimental study of Autonomous Vehicles with emphasis on advanced motion control for unmanned vehicles. Read more

Combining Learning-based and Sampling-based Approaches for Manipulation Planning in Unstructured and Cluttered Settings [Self-Funded Students Only]

  Research Group: Cybersecurity, Privacy and HCC Research Section
Grasping and manipulating objects are some of the basic and most common tasks that a robot (such as manipulator arms or mobile manipulators) must do when collaborating with human partners. Read more

Towards sustainability in energy-intensive manufacturing supply chains with integration of renewable generation systems (Advert Reference: SF21/BL/MOS/FATTAHI)

Manufacturing industries account for one third of the electricity consumption in the world. Several companies (e.g., Honda, Anheuser-Busch, Apple) installed biomass-based, wind, and solar generators in their energy-intensive facilities to attain low-carbon operations. Read more

Autonomous driving with intelligent sensing and advanced fusion

Autonomous vehicles as a future trend is emerging. Autonomous driving highly relies on advanced sensing systems consisting of diverse sensors to see the environment thereby achieving safe trajectory planning. Read more

The role of autobiographical memory in disordered planning and decision-making in schizophrenia

Applications are invited for a PhD (via MPhil) studentship to be based jointly at Ashworth Research Centre within Ashworth Hospital (a high-secure NHS forensic mental health inpatient unit near Liverpool) and at the Perception, Cognition and Neuroscience group at UCLan (Preston). Read more
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Exploring geovisualisations as place-based planning tools for collaborative marine and coastal management

  Research Group: Institute of Life and Earth Sciences
We are seeking a highly motivated PhD candidate with strong GIS and analytical skills, individuals with experience in computer programming languages are particularly encouraged to apply. Read more

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