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Call for Expressions of Interest in Funded PhD Opportunities

The School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy is seeking expressions of interest from prospective PhD students to fill 5 funded PhD studentships in the Planning and Environmental Policy subject areas in each of the Thematic Research Areas listed below:

  • Sustainable Transport
  • Urban Design and Geospatial Methods
  • Climate Adaptation & Development in the Global South
  • Environmental Law
  • Economics of Climate Policy

About the School

The School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy has an international reputation as a centre of excellence for research and teaching in a multidisciplinary School ranked in the QS top 150. It has established a wide international network of research collaborators, and delivers a dual degree programme with Chang’an University, China.

The School invites motivated researchers to apply for one of four prestigious and fully-funded positions as part of our School’s structured PhD programme under the following thematic/topic areas:

Sustainable Transport Lead Supervisor Dr. Luke Kelleher
Urban Design and Geospatial Methods Lead Supervisor Dr. Aura Istrate
Climate Adaptation & Development in the Global South Lead Supervisor Dr. Liana Ricci
Environmental Law Lead Supervisor Dr. Catherine MacKenzie
Economics of Climate Policy Lead Supervisor Prof. Peter Clinch

Further information on each area is available here.

Eligibility Criteria

Candidates must, at a minimum, satisfy the entry requirements for the PhD degree at UCD which includes the UCD Minimum Language Requirements. We particularly encourage applications from candidates that possess these additional qualifications:

  • A Master’s degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. urban planning, urban design, environmental policy, law, geospatial analysis, or any cognate field)
  • Demonstrable motivation to conduct policy-relevant research
  • Relevant research and/or other research experience
  • Strong organisational, writing, presentation and other communication skills
  • The ability to work independently, as well as in a team, under pressure, respect deadlines, and produce quality work
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and an enthusiasm for working in a research team

Scholarship Terms

The PhD Scholarships include tuition fees and a tax-free stipend of €18,000 p.a. for four years subject to satisfactory performance. Scholars will be based at the UCD Campus.

Application Procedure

The candidate will be selected on the basis of the quality of the application, expertise, work experience, and qualifications. An expression of interest should be lodged containing the following documents (in English) in a single PDF and sent by email to

  • A cover letter
  • 500 word outline of an initial research plan and how it aligns with one of the relevant thematic areas of interest
  • Maximum three examples of work demonstrating prior achievement in research, enquiry or debate, e.g. a published paper or other work; software, standards or policy contribution; dissertation or master’s thesis
  • A current CV
  • Details of a maximum of 3 referees (names, contact details)

These PhDs are being funded through the Chang’an-Dublin International College (CDIC) of Transportation, founded in 2020, as a joint international college established in collaboration between University College Dublin (UCD) and Chang’an University (CHD).

Note: UCD reserves the right not to fill any position. The University may also decide to change the topic area(s) of the research.

Closing: 5pm January 14th 2022.

Informal enquiries: