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Urban development and the root causes of disaster risk creation

School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

About the Project

Rapid but often poorly conceived urbanisation in hazard prone areas has become common place around the world. This project aims to investigate the myriad ways in which planning/construction/development regulations and/or practices can lead to the creation of disaster risk (in a specific country/region as defined by the candidate). The outcomes of the project have potential to inform the way that disaster risk can be more effectively managed through improved training, planning, development and engagement with key local stakeholders.

The study will be directly aligned with two of the University’s research challenges (‘Secure and Resilient Societies’ and ‘Changing Environments and Infrastructure’) and will be of immense pertinence to Prof. Bosher and Dr Chmutina's research in the School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering. This area of research will be of great interest to key international organisations such as UNDRR, UNESCO and the World Bank and it is anticipated that the candidate will be provided opportunities to present their work to these important global organisations.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in a built environment related discipline, urban planning, political studies or human geography.

A relevant Master's degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: disaster risk/emergency management, construction management, urban planning.

Applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Further details are available on the international website:

How to apply

All applications should be made online:

Under programme name select ‘Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering’. Please quote reference number: ABCE21/LB1.

The deadline for applications is 7 February 2021.

Start date: July 2021

Full-time/part-time availability: Full-time (3 years), Part-time (6 years)

Fees: UK/EU: TBC; international: £24,100

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