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  Development of Informational Systems to support the Circular Economy

   School of Science, Engineering and Environment

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  Dr Paul Coates, Dr Juan Antonio Ferriz-Papi  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: With the increasing demand for the provision of buildings and infrastructure and at the same time reducing material and energy supplies available usage, the adoption of a circular economy offers one viable solution to address these challenges. The development of the circular economy and supporting systems can be seen as a critical component in the more effective management of resources within the construction and associated industries. To develop the circular economy effectively new business models and new supporting infrastructure needs to be developed, so that built asset service-life can be extended and the end-of-life can be properly managed to achieve net zero waste. Some of these aspects can be as follows:

-         Documentation and classification of built assets materials, components and assemblies within a holistic framework for circular economy in the whole life cycle and integration into existing informational systems

-         Material degradation processes prediction modelling, considering variables participating and affection of material and product service-life

-         Analysis of new business models in construction: reuse, recycle, repair, remanufacture, adaptation, leasing, etc.

-         Development of expert systems to assist in circular economy solutions

-         Use of digital technologies to improve circular economy in construction, such as Internet of Things (IoT), computer vision, AI, etc.

-         Evaluation of carbon savings in circular economy solutions and their impact in the building sector decarbonisation

We are seeking applicants for a PhD candidate with a background in construction, and strong interest in circular economy. There will be the possibility to be integrated in a team of PhD students working on different projects about circular economy in construction, where they can share knowledge and experiences to support their work. 

Architecture, Building & Planning (3) Computer Science (8) Information Services (20)

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