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Modelling shared road space: Quantitative examination of the operational and safety characteristics of shared road space types in the UK and Australia


About This PhD Project

Project Description

Coventry University (CU) is inviting applications from suitably-qualified graduates for a fully-funded PhD studentship. This PhD project is part of the Cotutelle arrangement between Coventry University, UK and Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. This is a fully funded doctorate for 3.5 years in duration, with tuition fees covered and bursary / stipend paid. The successful applicant will spend 2.5 years at Deakin and 1 year at Coventry, with a supervision team drawn from the two Universities. This is a unique opportunity to conduct doctorate level research at two leading international Universities. Costs associated with travel between the UK and Australia are covered by the programme.

Project Details

Modern cities use various living street concepts, such as shared zones and shared spaces, to allow motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians share the same road space. While such concepts have been used and evaluated in many cities, limited research attention has been given to understanding the comparative operational and safety benefits/issues of these concepts. Furthermore, with the arrival of newer mobility and technological solutions (e.g., micromobility, autonomous and connected vehicles), there is a greater need to re-examine the understanding obtained to date on the functional characteristics of shared zones and shared spaces. In addition, safety aspects of these road spaces in relation to interactions between different types of road users (pedestrians, cyclists, motorists) are required to be examined to better understand the contributing factors of unsafe events in such spaces. Collective understanding on the operational and safety benefits/issues of these road areas would allow identifying design solutions for making the areas more efficient and safer.

This PhD research will be undertaken through the ‘Deakin University – Coventry University Cotutelle program’ in which the PhD scholar would spend about two years at Deakin University (Australia) and one year at Coventry University (UK). The PhD scholar will have access to the world class research facilities of both universities and work under joint supervision of Dr Ashim Debnath (https://www.deakin.edu.au/about-deakin/people/ashim-debnath) and Professor Stewart Birrell (https://pureportal.coventry.ac.uk/en/persons/stewart-birrell). This collaborative arrangement offers a unique research strength that data and resources from two different jurisdictions, where the design principles and usage of shared zones and shard spaces vary significantly, could be accessed in this PhD research project.

Cotutelle Details

This PhD project is part of the Cotutelle arrangement between Coventry University, UK and Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. This is a fully funded doctorate for 3.5 years in duration, with tuition fees covered and bursary / stipend paid. The successful applicant will spend 2.5 years at Deakin and 1 year at Coventry, with a supervision team drawn from the two Universities.

This is a unique opportunity to conduct doctorate level research at two leading international Universities.

Costs associated with travel between the UK and Australia are covered by the programme.

Training and Development

The successful candidate will receive comprehensive research training including technical, personal and professional skills.
All researchers at Coventry University (from PhD to Professor) are part of the Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability and Development, which provides support with high-quality training and career development activities.

Entry criteria for applicants to PhD

• A minimum of a 2:1 first degree in a relevant discipline/subject area, with a minimum 70% mark in the project element or equivalent with a minimum 70% overall module average.

PLUS

• The potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within 3.5 years
• A minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component)

For further details see: https://www.coventry.ac.uk/research/research-students/making-an-application/

This PhD project is part of the Cotutelle arrangement between Coventry University, UK and Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. This is a fully funded doctorate for 3.5 years in duration, with tuition fees covered and bursary / stipend paid. The successful applicant will spend 2.5 years at Deakin and 1 year at Coventry, with a supervision team drawn from the two Universities. This is a unique opportunity to conduct doctorate level research at two leading international Universities. Costs associated with travel between the UK and Australia are covered by the programme.

How to apply

To find out more about the project please contact Dr Ashim Debnath
or Prof Stewart Birrell

If interested, who should you apply to?
All of the research projects have been jointly agreed, and a lead institution identified for each project. The lead institution is clearly identified within the details of each of the advertised research projects. The applicant should apply to both institutions.

What is the application process?
Applications are submitted to both institutions. Applicants must ensure they meet eligibility requirements. Selection involves academic staff from both institutions. Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed by a panel including academic staff from each institution. Applicants will need to submit copies of certificates to both institutions in line with their respective requirements.

To apply to Coventry University please visit: https://www.coventry.ac.uk/research/research-students/making-an-application/
To apply to Deakin University please visit: https://www.deakin.edu.au/research/become-a-research-student/how-to-apply-research-degrees

All applications require full supporting documentation, a covering letter, plus a 2000-word supporting statement showing how the applicant’s expertise and interests are relevant to the project.

Application deadline: 22nd June 2020

Interview dates: will be confirmed to shortlisted candidates

Start date: September 2020

Duration of study: Full-Time – between three and three and a half years fixed term

Enquiries: To find out more about the project please contact either Dr Ashim Debnath
Prof Stewart Birrell

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