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Exploring the potential impacts of scaling up smart buildings to smart local energy systems on the built environment.

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, December 13, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

There is a need to shift from individual smart buildings to smart local energy systems to achieve the UK and international carbon emission targets set. The impacts associated with this shift on and by the built environment need to be understood to maximise economic, environmental and social benefits, and to understand the effect of a broad range of barriers that may be faced. Opportunities to minimise possible negative impacts and solutions to overcome them through the different stages of design, planning, construction, operation and demolition need to be identified. This strategy will enable the built environment and the systems within it to maximise the reduction of carbon emissions and improve quality of life and well-being whilst delivering new economic opportunities.
Proposals that explore the potential impacts of scaling up smart buildings to smart local energy systems on and by the built environment will be considered. The PhD should focus on the environmental, social and/or economic impacts of applying energy systems at a local scale rather than an individual building or component scale. A local energy system includes multiple approaches to reducing the demand on fossil fuels including reduced energy demand, renewable energy supply and energy storage. What needs to change in the current built environment to enable the successful integration of local systems? How does the built environment control the implementation of successful smart local energy systems? Can the challenges associated with these be overcome and what needs to be done to enable this?
This PhD will be associated with the EnergyREV consortium which involves more than 60 researchers from 22 Universities who are working together to tackle the challenges around smart local energy systems from an interdisciplinary and whole-systems approach which will provide an unprecedented breadth of expertise and depth of knowledge. EnergyREV is one of the three key components of the UK Industrial Challenge Funds Prospering From the Energy Revolution (PFER) Programme.
Through its multi-disciplinary approach, as well as via strong links with the wider local energy community, EnergyREV will become one of the most significant international academic programmes delivering research to accelerate the uptake, value and impact of smart local energy systems.
PhD to start in April 2020.

Funding Notes

Home/EU tuition fees will be covered and the recipient of the award will receive an annual stipend at the EPSRC rate (£15,009 for 2019/20). If you are an overseas (non-EU) applicant, you would need alternative sources of funding to meet the difference between the Home/EU and the Overseas tuition fee.


Suitable for graduates with an upper second class honours degree in architecture, planning, engineering, social sciences, computer science, environmental sciences or a related field.
If your first language is not English, you will need to satisfy Cardiff University’s English language requirements.

Apply here:
Full-time PhD to start in April 2020.
On your Cardiff University PhD online application, enter 'EnergyRev studentship' in response to the funding question.

As part of your application, please upload your CV, covering letter and research proposal (relating to the potential impacts of scaling up smart buildings to smart local energy systems on and by the built environment).

The suggested length for the research proposal is 2 sides of A4 and should include:
• Title (encapsulating the research topic and its scope)
• Research aim
• Research context (why you think this aim is worth pursuing)
• Research design and methodology (an outline of how you propose to conduct the research)
• Possible outcomes (the value of the research results)
• Resources and obstacles (possible impediments to the research).

How good is research at Cardiff University in Architecture, Built Environment and Planning?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 14.80

Research output data provided by the Research Excellence Framework (REF)

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