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NERC-funded PhD studentships: Departments of Materials, Bioengineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and Dyson School of Design Engineering, Imperial College London

NERC-funded PhD studentships: Centre for Environmental Policy, Department of Chemistry, Department of Physics, School of Public Health

The Science and Solutions for a Changing Planet (SSCP) Doctoral Training Partnership integrates six host partners and several business and policy sector partners, to offer an exciting programme that trains and inspires the next generation of environmental experts and leaders to address some of the toughest challenges of our time. The SSCP DTP is funded by the Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC) and based at the Grantham Institute - Climate Change and the Environment, Imperial College London.

Projects for an October 2023 start are listed below. Some projects listed are led by a core partner and co-supervised by an Imperial supervisor - these are listed both under the department as well as the core partner and are marked with an asterisk*. For a full list of these and other projects, further details on the studentships, information on eligibility and instructions on how to apply, go to:

For project-related queries, contact individual supervisors. For general enquiries about the SSCP DTP, contact Christiane Morgan, Doctoral Training Coordinator (

Closing date for applications: midday (12pm GMT), 6 January 2023.

List of supervisors and projects in Centre for Environmental Policy in 2023

Project Title Lead Supervisor
Decision-support tools for health-promoting climate change and air pollution policies Dr Audrey de Nazelle
Addressing inequities within the Sustainable Development Goals: ensuring “no-one is left behind” Dr Caroline Howe
Wildfires in the UK: understanding the risk, public attitudes and preferences for mitigation and adaptation responses Dr Yiannis Kountouris
Emissions Responsibility Accounting for the net zero transition: developing innovative business and policy responses to operationalise implications of the global carbon budget for ambitious climate action Prof Joeri Rogelj
Nature based solutions for climate mitigation and adaptation: limits, opportunities and strategies Dr Raphael Slade
The potential of natural capital regeneration as a vessel for economic growth Professor Nick Voulvoulis

List of supervisors and projects in Chemistry in 2023

Project Title Lead Supervisor
Understanding and enhancing plastics biodegradation Dr Charles Romain

List of supervisors and projects in Physics in 2023

Project Title Lead Supervisor
Capturing the spectral fingerprints of errors in weather and climate models Professor Helen Brindley
Why does climate sensitivity depend on the type of forcing? Dr Paulo Ceppi
Estimating global fossil fuel emissions with atmospheric radiocarbon observations Dr Heather Graven
Developing novel observations of cloud processes Dr Edward Gryspeerdt
A New Global Tropical Cyclone Model Professor Ralf Toumi
The Universal InfraRed Airborne Spectrometer: A new instrument for climate research Dr Caroline Cox (RAL)/Professor Helen Brindley*
Relating future jet stream changes to present-day observable variability Dr Paulo Ceppi

List of supervisors and projects in School of Public Health in 2023

Project Title Lead Supervisor
Will climate and landuse change drive antifungal resistance exposures? Professor Matthew Fisher
Modelling strategies for the release of genetically-modified mosquitoes for arboviral control across different ecological settings Dr Penny Hancock
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