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Going Circular - Addressing the Climate Emergency: calculating the greenhouse gas savings arising from adopting a circular development pathway in cities

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Tuesday, June 30, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

Project Description

The research aims to determine the reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions resulting from transitioning to a circular development pathway in cities (see for more information). The circular development pathway integrates resource looping (e.g. grey-water and infrastructure recycling, energy recovery); urban adaptation (flexible infrastructure, spaces, self-organising communities); and ecological regeneration (the restoration of urban ecosystem services), to enable the city-region to co-evolve with societal needs, whilst reducing its ecological footprint and GHG emissions (through sequestration, energy recovery, localising resource flows, reducing waste going to landfill, etc). It will produce methodologies and tools which can be used by cities to calculate the emissions savings they can make from adopting this approach.
The research will:
• Identify and evaluate tools or methods for calculating GHG emission savings (direct and indirect);
• Audit existing research to determine the data and algorithms available to calculate emissions savings for the circular actions;
• Determine the dynamic relationships between the actions and how this effects emissions
• Create and calibrate an emissions calculator
• Model emissions reductions for a series of circular development scenarios
The studentship will be supervised by Dr Joanna Williams, Director of the Circular Cities Hub( and Dr Zifhu Mi ( both based at The Bartlett, University College London. The student will also collaborate with the Circular Cities Hub ( and Circel Lab (

Funding Notes

This 4-year studentship is fully funded by the EPSRC.

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