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PhD Studentship Opportunity in Sustainable Innovation at Heathrow

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    Dr M Mulheron
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  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Heathrow has a bold ambition as it sets a direction towards a future of sustainable aviation. Its sustainability strategy – Heathrow 2.0 – sets stretching objectives in diverse areas such as community wellbeing, climate change and the circular economy.
This project is central to Heathrow’s ambition to deliver an exemplar sustainable airport for the future, ensuring that the infrastructure and activities of the airport provide a great passenger service whilst progressively moving to zero carbon. Through its Centre of Excellence

Heathrow acts as a ‘sustainable innovation testbed’ and this project will be at its heart.

This project requires a holistic systems thinking approach to realise the challenges set out in Heathrow 2.0 and its fast-paced sustainability and climate agendas. In general, this approach will need to include the sustainable management and optimisation of resources and the ability to identify and implement leading practice for an expanding, complex multi-stakeholder environment and consideration of the whole life-cycle of Heathrow assets to ensure interventions are targeted at areas to capture the most appropriate benefits.

Particular, but not exclusive, foci could include:
• The application of novel sustainable materials in infrastructure and buildings
• Sustainable airport operations and the future of mobility
• Optimisation of resources and the implementation of circular economy models and the airport
• Innovative business models enabling sustainable, low carbon outcomes
• Greenhouse Gas Removal in the airport context and within its supply chains
• Applied research techniques, involving testing and monitoring of interventions

Academic project supervisor is Dr Mike Mulheron -

This is a 3 year project, commencing on the 1st October 2019.

Entry requirements:
• First degree with a 1st/2:1 in Environmental Science, Materials Science, Geography, Environmental Engineering.
• Interest and understanding of climate, natural resources and corporate sustainability
• Awareness of innovation process in industry with at least 2 years work experience
• Knowledge of energy resources, system thinking approaches, design and tools
• Interest in novel materials, and use of materials, in construction (infrastructure and buildings). Specific training / expertise are not required
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills essential
• Self-directed and motivated worker, results driven
• Appreciation of full life cycle attributes of buildings/materials
• Knowledge of life cycle thinking and life cycle assessment – training will be provided
• An appreciation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

IELTS Academic: 6.5 or above (or equivalent) with 6.0 in each individual component

How to apply:
To apply for this project, please contact Mrs Deidre Richardson [Email Address Removed] for an information pack that will include:
• A Project Brief;
• Information about the Centre for Environment and Sustainability;
• Details of the Practitioner Doctorate in Sustainability programme.

Applications can be made through this link: Shortlisting to commence and invitation to interview to be sent out Wednesday 21st August.

Funding Notes

The successful candidate will receive a generous stipend of £18,000 per annum and an additional £500 p.a. allowance for attendance at conferences etc. Stipends are usually tax-free. In addition to this, full-time tuition fees (£4,327) will be covered by the programme at the current Home/EU rate for the duration of the programme.

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