Our climate is changing, and extreme events are becoming more frequent. For example, the UK Climate Projections found that in the UK we will see hotter drier summers and wetter windier winters, and heatwave days in the UK become more frequent and last longer. The frequent occurrence of this extreme high temperature weather will cause serious economic and productivity losses, especially for livestock sector. In Europe, dairy productivity losses in 2015 were estimated at 0.7-5.5 kg of milk per day for per cow. A number of studies have explored strategies to reduce heat stress of dairy cattle from the aspects of biology, chemistry and genetics, but few researchers have sought solutions from the perspective of architectural and building design.
This project will explore what are the effective climate-resilient design solutions for livestock buildings for better animal warfare and wellbeing. The project will be shaped to cater for the student’s original background. We will collaborate with research team at the Department of Agriculture and animal science, at the University of Reading. Applicants are expected to have a very good bachelor’s or master’s degree in the subjects of architectural engineering, building physics, building service engineering, environmental engineering. Students with background on meteorology and climate science, and also interested in building and architecture are particularly welcome to apply. Previous experience on building environmental modelling especially building thermal modelling is desirable but not a must. The PhD student will be supervised by a great interdisciplinary supervision committee, comprised of leading experts in the areas of building/urban environmental design, climate and meteorology, and animal science at the University of Reading. The student will receive training on both field of building/architecture design, and climate science.
First-class or 2.1 (Hons) degree, or Masters degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate subject