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PhD opportunities in Global Challenges at Brunel University London


About the Programme

Make an impact on the most important decisions made around the world today for a better future tomorrow. Conduct cutting-edge research at Brunel University London.

Be part of the movement to tackle Global Challenges and investigate the how and why of the world around us. Make a change in academia and beyond and encourage new ways of thinking to tackle the pressing issues that face us all. As part of our research community at Brunel, you will draw on the expertise of our academics from across Brunel to give you an understanding of the scientific, social, political and economic factors that impact decision making in today’s world. You’ll be challenged to think outside the box and prepared to make a real impact in the future.

Addressing Global Challenges with locally owned solutions is a key priority for Brunel University London, and you are invited to join our research programmes co-created with the intended beneficiaries and stakeholders, and be at the heart of our approach. You will fit right in if you are passionate about creating new knowledge and driving innovation to develop more equitable access to sustainable development.

Join our research areas:

Affordable, reliable and sustainable energy

Focus your research on holistic approaches to the energy costs of food distribution, working together with researchers from a range of disciplines, as well as mainstream engineering research.

Clean air, water and sanitation

Benefits from Brunel's advanced knowledge and expertise on the causes and the health and environmental impacts of pollution. Investigate toxic chemicals that disrupt natural resources (e.g. freshwater or nutrients), material or economic cycles (e.g. plastic waste) and learn from extensive experience of translating knowledge into effective policies that protect the planet and humanity. 

Secure and Resilient Food Systems

Take an interdisciplinary approach and conduct applied research directly involving industries, the Government and civil society actors to respond to global pressures on existing food systems.  

Sustainable health and wellbeing

Develop knowledge and solutions that address diverse challenges to health and wellbeing throughout the human life course, including cultures, societies, social groups and global regions.

How to apply?

As a doctoral researcher, you will be welcomed to Brunel as a valued member of our thriving, research-intensive community. Browse PhD opportunities, studentship, and learn more about our research by visiting our website.

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Where is Brunel?

Brunel University London is based in Uxbridge, London – 45minutes to Central London on the Metropolitan Line – which means you have great access to the heart of this beautiful city, and yet can enjoy the safety and convenience of a suburban campus housing over 15,000 students with all you need in one place. Take a look 


Funding Notes

We offer a range of PhD studentships, partial scholarships, and academic prizes, to help with your research fees. Find out more here: View Website

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