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Modelling the Impact of the Proposed Newhurst Incinerator on the World Health Organisation (WHO) Urban Health Index (UHI) of Loughborough Town and University


   School of Social Sciences and Humanities

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  Dr R Hodgkins, Dr M Baddock  No more applications being accepted  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Loughborough United Kingdom Environmental Geography Meteorology Pollution Rural Planning Urban Geography Urban Planning

About the Project

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014). In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Doctoral College, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career.

Find out more: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/supporting-you/research/

Project Detail

 Air pollution accounts for about 4 million deaths per year due to stroke, heart disease, lung cancer and chronic respiratory diseases, and around 90% of the world’s population, in both developed and developing countries, lives in places where air quality levels exceed WHO limits. Against this general background, the town and university of Loughborough are poised for a potentially significant, near-future, step-change in air-quality drivers. Waste management companies Covanta and Biffa are contracted to build an incinerator between Shepshed and Loughborough at the Newhurst Quarry site. The aim of this project is to evaluate the pre-incinerator urban health status of Loughborough as a control, against which the impact of incinerator emissions may be assessed through atmospheric modelling, generating a holistic assessment of any significant changes in the air quality and environmental health profile of this town. The control urban health status of the town is to be established by utilising the WHO Urban Health Index Calculation Tool, which is a standardised method based on the selection, standardisation and mapping of key indicators of living conditions related to health (e.g. environmental, economic, sociodemographic). Modelling of Newhurst incinerator emissions is to be achieved using established atmospheric transport and dispersion modelling systems.

Find out more

For further information on this project, please see the main CENTA website (https://centa.ac.uk/) or contact Dr Richard Hodgkins ([Email Address Removed]) or Dr Matthew Baddock ([Email Address Removed]).

Entry requirements

Applicants will normally need to hold, or expect to gain, at least a 2:1 degree (or equivalent) in Geography, Biology, Earth Science or Environmental Science, or an appropriate Master’s degree.

How to apply

 To apply:

  1. Complete a CENTA studentship application form in Word format (available from https://centa.ac.uk/apply/how-to-apply/ or here).
  2. All applications should be made online at http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/apply/research/. Under programme name, select “Geography and Environment”.  During the online application process, upload the CENTA studentship application form as a supporting document.

Please quote CENTA22-LU5 when completing your online application.


Funding Notes

The studentship is funded for 3.5 years starting from October 2022 and provides a tax-free stipend of £15,609 per annum (in 2021/22) for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate (£4,500 in 2021/22) and a research training support grant (RTSG) of £8,000. Further guidance about eligibility is available at UKRI Terms and Conditions. International students (including EU) are eligible to apply but the difference between the UK and International tuition fee cannot be covered by the Research Council grant and must therefore be met from other sources.
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