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  Methods, toolkits, and design guidance for analysing urban heritage assets through urban visual data management and display

   School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

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  Dr Robert Harland, Dr Taimaz Larimian  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Urban heritage is an established area of interdisciplinary research in cultural heritage. The studentship will focus on research for the development of toolkits and design guidance to support heritage professionals and local communities manage the relationship between heritage assets and heritage interpretation at the sub-regional level through digital tools and open data.

This opportunity is part of a dedicated team working across arts, architecture, design, and planning, who are responsible for developing research and impact activity for ‘The Impact Hub’ (TIH) interdisciplinary project, under the auspices of the wider Healthy & Innovative Loughborough (H&IL) project funded by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) via the Loughborough Town Deal project.

The successful candidate will work in close collaboration with three others: Research Associate (Urban & Regional Studies); and Research Officer (Spatial Data Science), and a Doctoral Researcher (concerning digital planning infrastructures).

TIH is an urban observatory concentrating on the township to record and monitor change occurring in Loughborough from the implementation of the Town Investment Plan.

This will support future evidence-based decision-making and sustainable regional development, research, enterprise, and knowledge to address specific problems identified in the plan by:

  • providing support for business innovation, entrepreneurship, and growth;
  • inspiring people to develop active and healthy lifestyles;
  • understanding the town’s problems and promoting the revitalisation of its centre.

Subject areas

Urban Studies, Planning, Urban Geography, Design and Creative Arts.

94% of Loughborough’s research impact is rated world-leading or internationally excellent. REF 2021


Primary Supervisor: Dr Robert Harland 

Secondary Supervisor: Dr Taimaz Larimian

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a master's degree in a relevant field, and minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree, or equivalent. The successful candidate is likely to have a background in, and appreciation for the relationship between urban studies, heritage, and design.

How to apply

All applications should be made online. Under programme name, Design and Creative Arts. Please quote the advertised reference number: SDCA/2024/RGH in your application. To avoid delays in processing your application, please ensure that you submit the minimum supporting documents.

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Funding Notes

The three-year studentship provides a tax-free stipend of £18,622 a year for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the UK or international rate.
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