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The future of refugee shelter design

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, May 03, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

There are 65 million refugees in the world—22 million in camps—and many hundreds of millions living in townships and other slums. The vast majority of these people live in self-built accommodation. Our temperature and other measurements in refugee camps have shown that conditions are extremely severe, and give rise to reduced life expectancy, especially for the new born or old. We have also shown that the introduction of some simple but better performing materials, such as insulated roofing, or better building techniques can transform these homes. One of the key questions that arise from this existing research is how to get such materials and knowledge into the construction chain?

This PhD project will make the first study of construction supply and construction knowledge chains in such situations, model them using new mathematical approaches and design ways to introduce new materials and ideas into the construction chain without upsetting the chain itself, for example working with material suppliers, or using virtual reality with households to show them what is possible.

Successful applicants will ideally have graduated (or be due to graduate) with an undergraduate Masters first class degree and/or MSc distinction (or equivalent). Any English language requirements must be met at the deadline for applications. Applicants should have an interest in the topic and good numeric skills, preferably with knowledge of programming. A background in architecture or civil engineering would be best.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Prof David Coley ()

Formal applications should be made via the University of Bath’s online application form for a PhD in Architecture. Please ensure that you state the full project title and lead supervisor name on the application form.

More information about applying for a PhD at Bath may be found here:

Anticipated start date: 30 September 2019

Funding Notes

Funding will be for a McIntyre PhD Scholarship in Healthy Housing.

The award will provide full UK/EU tuition fees, an annual Training Support Fee of £1,000, and a tax-free maintenance payment of £15,009 (2019-20 rate) for up to 3 & half years.

How good is research at University of Bath in Architecture, Built Environment and Planning?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 28.38

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