The Leeds Sustainability Institute (LSI) is the university's flag ship research group specialising in investigating the impact of the built environment on society. Over the past 20 years the LSI has built a reputation for undertaking excellent field work based research projects that have shaped building regulations, and energy efficiency policy, not least via the discovery of the party wall bypass mechanism.
The foundations of our success have been in pioneering building performance evaluation field test methods culminating in the world renowned Electric Coheating Test and the discovery of the building energy performance gap, which are now an internationally recognised standard and a keystone principles of building research and policy across the globe respectively. Our success has seen the LSI expand its reach into broader cutting edge built environment related issues encompassing health and wellbeing, dynamic and thermal modelling, and building data analytics.
Associated with the school of the Built Environment at Leeds Beckett University our researchers contribute to the undergraduate and post graduate teaching at the school and we run our own doctoral program which currently hosts over 20 doctoral students investigating a range of topics including; effective communication around sustainable buildings, thermal modelling of cold bridging in domestic retrofits, how BIM can enhance the sustainability in the built environment, improving building surveying practices to encourage early identification performance gap and moisture risks, developing enhanced building performance testing methods, and investigating ways to improve the cost effectiveness of renewable connected micro grids.
If you are interested in studying with us on any aspect of the sustainable built environment, please get in touch to discuss your ideas and we will be happy to help you develop your proposal. Many of our students choose to study part time and so we have developed a flexible doctoral training program based around two induction workshops in the first year, a host of online resources and flexible supervisory teams to give all students a holistic introduction to research methods and life as a doctoral student to ensure that all students, even those who come from non-academic backgrounds, are confident in their ability to produce a high quality thesis.
Contact: Isabella D'Adamo [email protected]
Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. Applications for this programme are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full programme details for further information.