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“I don’t believe in climate change”: utilising human-computer interaction for resolving conflict on climate action in households [Self-Funded Students only]

Cardiff School of Computer Science & Informatics

Dr P Eslambolchilar , Dr J A Gwilliam , Prof W Poortinga Applications accepted all year round Self-Funded PhD Students Only
Cardiff United Kingdom Data Analysis Operational Research Computer Science Software Engineering

About the Project

Buildings account for about one third of greenhouse gas emissions globally: exacerbated by poor maintenance, building systems inefficiencies and other human activities. Additionally, poorly maintained buildings become increasingly vulnerable to damage caused by the increasing severity of climate change hence becoming even more inefficient in managing energy, waste and quality of overall building. Poorly maintained buildings also pose safety risks to residents (e.g. fire). Multi-occupancy and different views on climate action and environmentally friendly behaviour add further complexity on decision making about occupant comfort and activities. For example, in a household, family members may not have similar views on climate action and or family members want to make different things at home, e.g. turning down the heating, while another member wants to walk around in t-shirts and shorts. In such scenarios, what Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) can offer to keep peace at home while forcing climate action? where HCI can be deceptive in our living environment?

This project requires skills in HCI research methods, doing surveys and data analyses and designing interaction for behaviour change in shared environment.

This PhD project is supervised by staff from Schools of Computer Science, Architecture, and Psychology. To give a general idea about project milestones, we expect the PhD candidate to:

1 - Have a good understanding of literature, conducting user studies, and analysing qualitative and quantitative data.

2 - Complete the ethics application for field studies.

3 - Arrange logistics with studying members of public in their living spaces and recruitment of participants.

4 - The PhD project will develop a number of prototypes and software that can potentially help members of household to share their views on climate action freely, resolve conflicting views and actions peacefully, and make informed decision on climate action while respecting other household members’ views.

5 - Study and compare effectiveness of different prototypes, as well as how such prototypes could work in larger complex such as blocks of flats.

6 - Write, publish and present at international conferences and prestigious journals.  

Supervisory Team:

Dr Parisa Eslambolchilar (School of Computer Science and Informatics),

Dr Julie Gwilliam (Welsh School of Architecture),

Prof Wouter Poortinga (School of Psychology),

Entry Requirements

A 2:1 Honours undergraduate degree or a master's degree, in computing or a related subject.  Applicants with appropriate professional experience are also considered. Degree-level mathematics (or equivalent) is required for research in some project areas.

Applicants for whom English is not their first language must demonstrate proficiency by obtaining an IELTS score of at least 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in each skills component.

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For start dates, fees and funding, and how to apply:

In the funding field of your application, indicate Self-funding or give the title of your sponsorship or scholarship award, and specify the project title and supervisors of this project in the text box provided.

Funding Notes

This project is offered for self-funded students only, or those with their own sponsorshsip or scholarship award.
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