Tips on how to manage your PhD stipend FIND OUT MORE
Coventry University Featured PhD Programmes
University of West London Featured PhD Programmes
University of Hull Featured PhD Programmes

Seismic Cities and Communities: Designing Interventions for Equitable and Sustainable Seismic Multi-Hazard Disaster Resilience Development in Indonesia

Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations

About the Project

Coventry University (CU) is inviting applications from suitably-qualified graduates for a fully-funded PhD studentship in the area of: Seismic Cities and Communities: Designing Interventions for Equitable and Sustainable Seismic Multi-Hazard Disaster Resilience Development in Indonesia

The successful applicant will be based at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations (CTPSR), a thriving and successful University Research Centre which has over 60 full-time researchers supported by a team of professional support staff. CTPSR has many connections with international organisations and research teams. For this research project, you will work in partnership with the Resilience Development Initiative (RDI) which is a think tank located in Bandung, Indonesia.

CTPSR staff take a multi-disciplinary approach to their work that brings together creative thinking on concerns of trust, communities, social relations, peacebuilding, security, and on the contemporary challenges of societal relationships in a diverse and connected world. Our portfolio of excellent and impactful research seeks to change lives and enhance well-being. Our staff are extremely well-connected and are called upon to contribute their expertise on the national and international stage, as advisers to governments and international bodies or at conferences worldwide. We convene and contribute to public debates, provide effective policy guidance at local, national, regional and global levels, and generate international collaborative research through our global networks.

Details of the PhD project

Resilience, or the capacity of systems, communities or societies to "bounce back better", involves preparing for possible risks from natural hazards and responding so that no one is excluded from receiving humanitarian aid when environment shocks occur. Extending previous initial "Seismic Cities" research, the doctoral research will be concerned with strengthening the physical, social and cultural features of communities and nations that will be most affected by multi-hazard seismic events; that is, earthquakes, and location-related issues such as liquefaction, landslides, and tsunamis. The research will also explore how resilience is not equally distributed and work to build equitable resilience consistent with the Sustainable Development Goals in order to "leave no one behind". As a Doctoral student, you will work with organizations and communities in Bandung, Indonesia to create an interdisciplinary, transferable intervention to help inland (and potentially coastal) cities and communities transform how they prepare for and respond to earthquakes. Using the cross-culturally validated and effective “Fix-it” household preparedness intervention, the study will adapt the intervention for people living near the active Lembang Fault by addressing local issues and examine whether this revised intervention or a combination of “Fix-it” and an arts-based approach is most effective in comparison to a control group.

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.

The successful candidate will also benefit from participation in the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations’ (CTPSR) Doctoral Training Programme and regular research seminars, active involvement in the relevant CTPSR Centre Research Group, supervision from members of CTPSR and the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR) and the involvement (e.g., potential supervision) and assistance of staff from the Resilience Development Initiative (RDI) of Bandung, Indonesia.

Entry criteria for applicants to PHD

• A minimum of a 2:1 first degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 60% mark in the project element or equivalent with a minimum 60% overall module average. PLUS the potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a 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)


UK/EU/International graduates with the required entry requirements


Full-time – between three and three and a half years fixed term

For further details see:

How to apply

To find out more about the project please contact Professor Gavin Sullivan,

To apply online please visit:

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

Funding Notes

Bursary plus tuition fees (UK/EU/International)

This is a fully-funded studentship including full tuition fees (UK/EU/International) plus stipend (based upon the applicable UKRI rate at the point of the award) and additional allowances.

Email Now

Insert previous message below for editing? 
You haven’t included a message. Providing a specific message means universities will take your enquiry more seriously and helps them provide the information you need.
Why not add a message here

The information you submit to Coventry University will only be used by them or their data partners to deal with your enquiry, according to their privacy notice. For more information on how we use and store your data, please read our privacy statement.

* required field

Your enquiry has been emailed successfully

Search Suggestions

Search Suggestions

Based on your current searches we recommend the following search filters.

FindAPhD. Copyright 2005-2021
All rights reserved.