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  Biophilic airport terminal design: impacts on decarbonisation and passenger well-being

   School of Science, Engineering and Environment

  Dr Juan Antonio Ferriz-Papi, Dr Athena Moustaka, Mr Andrew Clark, Dr Viktoriia Myroniuk  Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

Information on this PhD research area can be found further down this page under the details about the Widening Participation Scholarship given immediately below.

Applications for this PhD research are welcomed from anyone worldwide but there is an opportunity for UK candidates (or eligible for UK fees) to apply for a widening participation scholarship.

Widening Participation Scholarship: Any UK candidates (or eligible for UK fees) is invited to apply. Our scholarships seek to increase participation from groups currently under-represented within research. A priority will be given to students that meet the widening participation criteria and to graduates of the University of Salford. For more information about widening participation, follow this link: [Scroll down the page until you reach the heading “PhD widening participation scholarships”.] Please note: we accept applications all year but the deadline for applying for the widening participation scholarships in 2024 is 28th March 2024. All candidates who wish to apply for the MPhil or PhD widening participation scholarship will first need to apply for and be accepted onto a research degree programme. As long as you have submitted your completed application for September/October 2024 intake by 28 February 2024 and you qualify for UK fees, you will be sent a very short scholarship application. This form must be returned by 28 March 2024. Applications received after this date must either wait until the next round or opt for the self-funded PhD route.


Project description: The global air transportation market was valued at $125.9 billion in 2020 and is projected to reach $334.5 billion by 2028, growing at a CAGR of 2.80%% from 2021 to 2028. The aviation industry supports around 4% of the world's gross domestic product (GDP). At the same time the air transportation industry is under enormous pressure in terms of compliance with the United Nations Sustainability Development Goals. Fifteen out of seventeen UN SDGs have been adopted by the International Civil Aviation Organisation and reflected in its vision for the development of the air transportation industry.

Airports represent critical national and international gateways, as well as important transit points. As an important part of the air transportation industry, they need to be compliant with its sustainability agenda, in particular SDG 13 Climate action and SDG 3 Good health and well-being. There are many great and innovative examples of biophilic airport terminals around the world and their positive impact on passengers’ health and wellbeing. Among such airports are Singapore Changi Airport, Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport, Guadalajara Airport, Pittsburgh International Airport, Delhi Noida International Airport, Sydney International Airport, Portland International Airport, Kempegowda International Airport, etc.

Research may include but is not limited to the problems below:

-       Benchmarking analysis of biophilic airport terminal designs around the world.

-       Operational requirements and limitations for biophilic airport terminal designs.

-       Analysis of biogenic carbon and carbon sequestration.

-       Recovery of carbon footprint.

-       Increase of thermal efficiency (green walls and roofs).

-       Maintenance and management of green spaces (to make them as self-sufficient as possible).

-       Design of interior and exterior green spaces in airport terminals for recreation.

-       Air quality analysis at biophilic airport terminals.

-       Impact of biophilic airport terminals on air passengers’ health and well-being.

Architecture, Building & Planning (3) Engineering (12) Environmental Sciences (13) Nursing & Health (27)

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