Habitats: Managing the ecological impacts of noise on wildlife habitats for sustainable development

   School of Science, Engineering and Environment

  Prof David Waddington, Dr Mike Wood, , Prof Robert Young  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: https://www.salford.ac.uk/postgraduate-research/fees. [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: The aim of this PhD is to cultivate and deliver innovative and interdisciplinary research for managing ecological impacts of noise that will have demonstrable economic and social benefits. Rapid population expansion and economic development against the backdrop of climate and biodiversity crises presents major global challenges. Global society is dependent on ecosystem services, underpinned by biodiversity. In the UK alone, these ecosystem services have been valued by the Office for National Statistics in 2015 at £761 billion and human noise impacts will significantly degrade that value unless managed appropriately. We no longer consider nature to be separate from our economy and society, since it needs to be part of business, cultural and economic decision making. The Habitats project is leading the development of an international industrial and academic network to research and explore new ways and innovative technologies to better measure, understand and model the effects of noise on wildlife habitats. However, current noise pollution legislation is focused on humans; despite policy aspirations, there is no systematic approach to assessing, regulating, or mitigating noise impacts on wildlife. The objective of the Habitats project is to integrate research in the fields of ecological impacts and of environmental noise, developing management tools and processes to enable sustainable development. This project will develop the rigorous scientific evidence required for underpinning environmental noise legislation, regulation, and policy development for managing the ecological impacts of noise on wildlife habitats.

Agriculture (1) Architecture, Building & Planning (3) Biological Sciences (4) Computer Science (8) Engineering (12) Environmental Sciences (13) Geography (17) Physics (29) Veterinary Sciences (35)


Waddington, DC , Wood, M , Davies, WJ and Young, RJ 2022, Habitats : managing the ecological impacts of noise on wildlife habitats for sustainable development , in: Internoise 2022, 21-24 August 2022, Glasgow, Scotland.

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