Valuing Green Infrastructure for a Well adapted UK

   Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences

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  Dr D Dawson, Prof Andrew Brown, Dr M Dallimer  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

It is widely accepted that we cannot simply build our way out of the climate & biodiversity emergency (e.g. using traditional grey infrastructure solution). This assumption is based, firstly, on the scale of the capital investment required for construction of infrastructure adaptations to protect areas at risk from climate hazard. Secondly, it is not possible because of the future uncertainty in climate, as grey ‘fixed design’ options lock us into a single path dependency that may not be the most efficient (socially, environmentally & economically) under different climate futures. Green infrastructure (sustainable solutions/nature-based solutions) provides more flexible and biodiverse solutions to climate adaptation, however, the roll out of green infrastructure is challenged by the current methods to value and finance these options. The lack of understanding of how natural systems can support greener futures, and the ability to evaluate these systems, is inhibiting the uptake of more nature-based solutions.  

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Funding Notes

A highly competitive NERC Panorama Doctoral Training Partnership Studentship offering the award of fees, together with a tax-free maintenance grant (currently £18,622 for academic session 2023/24) for 3.5 years.  Training and support will also be provided. This opportunity is open to all applicants.  All candidates will be placed into the NERC Panorama Doctoral Training Partnership Studentship Competition and selection is based on academic merit.

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