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A multidisciplinary approach to Global Food Security through education and technology.

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    Prof S Ferson
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  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

The University of Liverpool (UoL) and Farm Urban Education (FUEd) are seeking to appoint a suitably experienced and qualified individual to undertake a three year doctoral research programme.
This project will underpin (i) the product development of FUEd’s educational vertical growing system (VGS), and (ii) associated educational tools collectively VEdG 4.0. By engaging pupils with relevant real-world scientific problems using current cutting-edge technology, STEM principles can be taught in an engaging, creative and relevant way.

Food security is a major challenge facing society, with global population estimated to increase to 10 billion by 2050, 80% of whom will live in urban environments. Conventional food production methods are a leading cause of environmental damage and cannot address food security issues in their current form. The emerging technology of Vertical Growing Systems (VGS) present a compelling and complementary solution that addresses many of the issues with conventional food production.

VGS is, however, in its infancy; most ventures that have invested in these systems to date have failed to become robust and sustainable enterprises due to a mixture of technological, economic and sociological factors. This PhD sets out to explore the challenges and potential solutions for VGS using a multifactor approach that places education at the heart of a holistic solution.

To develop a viable and robust VGS and associated business model is a challenge that requires a truly multi-disciplinary approach. This project is a collaboration that draws on expertise from the:
● Institute for Risk and Uncertainty,
● Schools of Management and Engineering,
● Institute of Integrative Biology.
The project will assess the potentials and current performance of VGS to address issues of global food security and the environmental impact of food production. The project will then examine VGS & education as a viable and sustainable model, using A world-leading VGS embedded in the Wigan UTC school as a case study. The findings of which will guide design and prototyping of FUEds Primary product VEdG 4.0 a simplified, modular VGS that can be embedded into existing school infrastructure.

Funding Notes

By joining the centre you will receive a £15,000 tax free stipend per year, with your post-graduate tuition fees paid (at UK/EU rate). The Centre is part financed by the European Regional Development Fund. Please visit www.liverpool.ac.uk/environmental-sciences/working-with-business for more information on the centre.
Application details:
To apply for this opportunity please email [email protected] quoting UoL-LCEI-015 in the email subject with:
• 2 page CV
• 2 page expression of interest
• A completed Application Criteria – available from www.liverpool.ac.uk/environmental-sciences/working-with-business/phd-opportunities

References

University of Liverpool School of Engineering is built on a strong research environment, the School offers taught degree programmes at both BEng and MEng levels in aerospace, civil and mechanical engineering and industrial design. The school also offers MSc programmes in these fields as well as biomedical and nuclear engineering and manufacturing.
The School hosts the Liverpool Institute for Risk and Uncertainty, which has won a major EPSRC award to establish a Liverpool-only Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT). The School’s academics also take part in five other CDTs led by other Schools within the University of Liverpool and other UK universities. Please visit www.liverpool.ac.uk/engineering/ for more information.

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FTE Category A staff submitted: 34.00

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