About the Project
More specifically, the successful candidate for this project will develop a large-scale model of urban flows - i.e.. a model of the movement of people as they travel around a city. In particular, the project will explore the potential uses of such a model in areas such as urban management (can models help us to better understand how spaces are being used?) and evacuation planning (by better understanding urban flows in normal circumstances, can we develop better plans for emergencies that require city-centre evacuation?). An important aspect of the work will be the consideration of how ‘big data’, that are generated in abundance in smart cities, can be used to improve the realism of simulations. Here, methods from data science and urban analytics will be invaluable. Models such as the one produced by this PhD project could be extremely valuable because they will help scientists and policy makers to better understand the daily pulse of a city, and to then find ways to make cities better by (for example) reducing pollution in the places where most people are exposed, or better understanding where crime rates are significantly higher than elsewhere.
How to apply http://www.geog.leeds.ac.uk/study/phd/how-to-apply/
The studentship covers UK/EU tuition fees and a tax-free maintenance stipend of ~£14,777* pa for 4 years.
*The maintenance level will be reviewed annually in line with the UK Research Council rates https://www.ukri.org/skills/funding-for-research-training/
Applications are welcome from UK/EU applicants who have, or expect to receive by July 2018, a UK 2i/1st class BA/BSc honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline. A Masters degree would be advantageous but is not required.
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