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TINDER - Transport Infrastructure Networks in a Dynamic climate: Evaluating Resilience

Project Description

Reference number: CENTA20-LU4
Start date: 1 October 2020
Closing date: 10 January 2020
Interview date: w/c 3 February 2020

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. The School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering was ranked first (REF2014) for research environment in Architecture, Built Environment and Planning, with 95% of research rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ for its influence on society, the economy and policy.

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

Project Detail:

Resilient transport infrastructure is fundamental to modern society, but there is great uncertainty how these networks will be affected by changes in climate and society. However, this project brings together an international supervisory team from academia and industry creating a very exciting opportunity to expand the science and develop one integrated multi-hazard, risk-based approach to evaluate road network resilience into the next century. This PhD will explore novel pathways to scrutinise climate-driven changes in weather events affecting the physical capacity of roads and combine this with scenarios of projected user demand forecasts, user behaviour modelling and operation/maintenance strategies.

The focus will be on regional road transport networks (W-Scotland, Boulder) where substantial baseline information is available and from which upscaling to a national level can be explored. Developing appropriate validation and visualisation of results will be critical to communicate ‘vulnerable’ hotspots, timelines to impacts and financial implications to relevant stakeholders. The outcome will be better science to enable risk modelling of operations, asset maintenance and intervention strategies.

Find out more:

For further information on this project, please see the main CENTA website (http://www.centa.org.uk/) or contact Dr Tom Dijkstra () or Dr Xilin Xia ().

Entry requirements:

Applicants will normally need to hold, or expect to gain, at least a 2:1 degree (or equivalent) in Civil Engineering, Transport, Geography, or Earth Science. A Master’s degree and/or experience in an area related to the research will be an advantage.

How to apply:

To apply:

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

Please quote CENTA20-LU4 when completing your online application.

Funding Notes

The studentship is funded for 3.5 years and is intended to start in October 2020. The studentship provides a tax-free stipend of £15,009 per annum (in 2019/20) for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate (£4,327 in 2019/20) and a research training support grant of £8,000. Please note that due to restrictions imposed by the funder, only students with a UK/EU fee status will initially be considered for this position.

Further guidance about eligibility is available at UKRI Terms and Conditions: View Website

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