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Urban Turbine Research Project – The future role of airports MSc by Research


School of Water, Energy and Environment (SWEE)

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Dr L Williams , Mr H Rothe No more applications being accepted Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

This studentship will be covering £9,000 towards your tuition fee for one year. The candidate would be expected to cover for their own living costs.

Growing global population, increased requirement for mobility and limited spatial resources create challenges for airport operators and municipalities managing flows of people and goods. Fundamental structural changes are inevitable. Thoughtful consideration of resources and environmental impact demand a new paradigm of integrated strategic airport, infrastructure and urban planning, along with new, corresponding business strategies.

The project is aiming to synchronising the seamless travel experience into day-to-day life, potentially identifying new infrastructure typologies and associated business models.

The Urban Turbine Research Project has its home in the CityBoardingLab in the new DARTeC facility and is therefore part of a globally unique interdisciplinary collaboration between Air Transport Management , Aerospace Integration, Autonomous and Cyber-Physical Systems, Competitive Creative Design and Computational Engineering Sciences.

The MSc student is to turn models and algorithms of new off-airport services including baggage, security and retail proposed new airport processes into digestible and visually appealing graphics and models for airport operators, municipalities and third party service providers to consider as potentially new services addressing the airport efficiency as well as quality of life and overarching aspects of sustainable travel and circular economy.

The Urban Turbine Research Project is a unique platform for students academics, airport operators, industry experts and to be actively involved in one of the most exciting and relevant contemporary research areas - transforming airports into better connected, more efficient and attractive destinations. Local residence at several of participating airports will not only allow students to directly interact with airport operators in the UK and overseas but also get valuable experience for the research and for life.

The research results will be published and students can establish themselves as research ambassadors, impacting the next generation of airport planning, design and management.

Students will gain valuable insights of forward looking airport experts from both academia and industry as well as IATA and ACI - leading industry trade organisations. Students will learn how to interact with different stakeholders in the research process and learn to communicate complex processes to various user groups.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a first or second class UK honours degree or equivalent in Visual Design or Data Information Processing.

Funding Notes

Sponsored by Airports funding the Urban Turbine Research Project and the Centre for Design (C4D).
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