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NERC-funded PhD studentships:  Departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Aeronautics, Imperial College London

NERC-funded PhD studentships: Departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Materials and Dyson School of Design Engineering, Imperial College London

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 for Climate Change and the Environment, Imperial College London.

Projects for an October 2022 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), 7 January 2022.

List of supervisors and projects in Civil and Environmental Engineering in 2022

Dr Christopher Jackson (BGS)/Professor Adrian Butler* - Chalk stratigraphy and its role in managing groundwater abstractions in Chalk river catchments

Dr Jonathan Mackay (BGS) /Professor Adrian Butler* - Conceptual groundwater modelling of global groundwater datasets: learning through large-sample comparative hydrogeology

Dr Rupert J. Myers - ElementTracker: Analysing resource implications of socioeconomic development through a digital twin of the physical economy

Dr Emilio Martinez-Paneda - A new generation of physically-based models for predicting ice-sheet fracture and sea level rise

Dr Po-Heng (Henry) Lee - Investigating epigenetics regulation and the techno-economics of micro-aeration microbiome for manipulating methane formation to support the Net Zero Carbon Transition

Dr Ioannis Karmpadakis - ReX-COAST: Re-defining extreme coastal wave events

Dr Katerina Tsiampousi - Climate resilient earthwork design using green infrastructure

Dr James Lawrence - Developing drone based InSAR to monitor natural processes

Dr John Craske - The energetics behind ocean mixing and climate

Dr Alalea Kia - Irrigation of green infrastructure using novel permeable pavements (IrriGreen)

Dr Marios Christou - Nature-based solutions for coastal protection

Professor Arnab Majumdar - Investigation of relationship between delivery motorcyclists’ riding behaviour, fatigue, sleep, heat-stress and traffic-related air and noise pollution

Professor Wouter Buytaert - Flood resilience under climate change in mountain regions

Dr Adrian Callaghan - Combining Stereovision Imaging of the Sea Surface and Machine Learning to Characterise Ocean Breaking Waves

Dr Adrian Callaghan - Quantifying the Contribution of Breaking Wave Bubble-Mediated Gas Exchange to the Air-Sea Flux of CO2 Across the Global Oceans

Dr Adrian Callaghan - Using Digital Imaging to Study Wind-Driven Laboratory and Ocean Waves with a Focus on the Development of Wave Breaking

Dr Paul Schofield (NHM)/Dr Rupert Myers* - Sustainably and economically minimising waste from low-impact processing of laterites

List of supervisors and projects in Materials in 2022

Dr Iain E. Dunlop - A 3D vision of soil biology via nanoparticle-enabled X-CT imaging

Professor Aron Walsh - Accelerated materials development for solar energy conversion using artificial intelligence

Dr Florian Bouville - Room temperature densification of seashell waste carbonate composites as tile replacement

List of supervisors and projects in the Dyson School of Design Engineering in 2022

Dr Michel-Alexandre Cardin - Data-Driven Optimisation of Electric Airport Systems for Better Climate Sustainability and Resilience

Dr Chandramohan George - Light Enabled Rechargeable Battery systems

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