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Global modelling of plastic pollution from mismanaged solid waste

Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences

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Dr C Velis , Dr Nik Lomax No more applications being accepted Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Plastic pollution modelling: marine litter and wider plastic pollution is recognised as one of the major global sustainability challenges of our times. Increasingly, modelling is employed to develop our understanding of such a complex phenomenon, with interaction of martial properties, geography, environment and human societal behaviour. 

However, major quantification questions remain open. This provides an opportunity to leave your mark by contributing towards major scientific and engineering breakthroughs: the role of the informal recycling sector in preventing plastics pollution via recycling in the Global South; the impact of littering; the role of exports of waste plastics to Asia; the flows of pollution once released into the environment and the fragmentation of plastics; and waste mismanagement in informal settlements. 

Our research team at the University of Leeds works at the global forefront of quantifying plastic pollution, and we have already developed four models working at different scales and level of detail - you would be contributing in this exciting scientific frontier via mathematical modelling of complex systems, which will be calibrated and validated with on the ground data, obtained via our research projects in Indonesia (UKRI GCRF PISCES project) and across the Global South.

Funding Notes

A highly competitive EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership Studentship consisting of the award of fees with a maintenance grant of £15,609 for session 2021/22 for 3.5 years.  An additional £3,000 per year is available to previous to University of Leeds graduates.
This opportunity is open to all applicants, with a number of awards for Non-UK nationals limited by UKRI to 1. All candidates will be placed into the EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership Studentship and selection is based on academic merit.
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