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Funded PhD studentship: Supporting Collaborative and System-Wide Decision-Making for a Sustainability and Health Transformation of the Urban Built Environment


Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources

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About the Project

The UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering (UCL IEDE) at the Bartlett School of Energy, Environment and Resources (BSEER) invites applications for a fully-funded PhD studentship aiming to support collaborative and system-wide decision-making, with a focus on organisation studies, sustainability and health in the built environment.

Details:
• Information on supervisors and funding of this 4-year studentship can be accessed here: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/bartlett/environmental-design/news/2020/may/funded-phd-studentship-sustainability-and-health-transformation-urban-built
• Eligibility: In addition to UCL's academic requirements for admittance to Doctoral study, this studentship is subject to the following eligibility criteria https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/skills/students/help/eligibility/

Background
Global uncertainties such as climate change pose complex challenges for urban built environment systems, environmental sustainability and people’s health. Ill-designed strategies frequently cause unintended consequences. For example, ineffective building policies such as the UK’s Green Deal or energy-efficient buildings can pose health hazards. A multiplicity of interdependencies makes decision-making on the urban built environment highly complex. Existing models and tools are inadequate to deal with such complexity.

Aim
This project will help transform decision-making in the urban built environment towards a more collaborative and system-wide approach. The student will innovatively combine organisation studies, system dynamics and operational research and methods. The aim is to develop novel systems thinking frameworks, tools and models to accelerate equitable implementation of sustainable solutions. This will assist transdisciplinary decision-making and the design of sustainable strategies for the built environment, energy-efficiency, sustainability and health.

The study aims to:
• Assess the usefulness of frameworks from organisation studies (especially organisational identity and attention) to help transform decision-making
• Develop new organisational co-creation skills for alternative scenario design and evaluation
• Implement a greater systems perspective in decision-making through systems thinking and system dynamics modelling approaches

The student will advance their skills in System Dynamics and Transdisciplinary Research. They will also develop new organisational Co-Creation skills for alternative Scenario Design and Evaluation. Importantly, they will methodologically innovate by a novel integration of System Dynamics modelling and Decision Aiding methods, to assist the development of strategies for mitigating urban sustainability challenges. This will be based on a truly innovative focus on the complex interdependencies that shape the built environment. The student will be supported by relevant training courses and the expertise of the supervisory team. They will benefit from networking with an expert community of PhD students and academics across UCL IEDE and BSEER.

Person Specification
The candidate will need strong analytical skills with an aptitude for academic enquiry, systems thinking and organisational decision-making. Further details on the person specification can be found here: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/bartlett/environmental-design/news/2020/may/funded-phd-studentship-sustainability-and-health-transformation-urban-built

Application Procedure
The deadline for applications is: 09.00 am (BST), Thursday 18th June 2020
Information on the application process and required documents can be found here: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/bartlett/environmental-design/news/2020/may/funded-phd-studentship-sustainability-and-health-transformation-urban-built


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