Sunday, January 20, 2008

PhD Studentship at the School of Build Environment, University of Salford, UK

EPSRC Research Studentship
Community Resilience To Extreme Weather Events Through Improved Local Decision Making
Research Centre for the Built and Human Environment / School of the Built Environment

Applications are invited for a PhD research studentship at the Research Institute of the Built and Human Environment, School of the Built Environment University of Salford.

This project offers an exciting opportunity to work in the 6* RAE rated research institute of the Built and Human Environment. The 3 year doctoral studentship (funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council - EPRSC) will provide a maintenance grant and cover all approved tuition fees.

The research will focus on the coping strategies of small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs) in responding to extreme weather events. This will involve literature reviews, surveys, case studies and contributing to action research studies with SMEs to understand the characteristics of SME coping strategies, their adaptive capacities, resilience, barriers in implementing various coping measures etc., The PhD research student will be working in close collaboration with research fellows, research assistants and other PhD students from various universities. The 3-year research project has several interim and final deliverables, with critical milestone activities to be achieved in the interim. The three-year project will commence in February 2008.

Eligibility & How to Apply:
We invite applications from potential UK, EU and International students who have a 2.1 or above Bachelors Degree in any Built Environment discipline. The prospective student should have the ability to work independently as well as a member of a team and possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Further, the research will involve frequent travel between Manchester and London (case study site) and the candidate should be willing to undertake frequent extensive travel to attend project meetings and for data collection (all travel costs will be reimbursed). It is desirable that the candidate have:

(i) Relevant industrial experience;
(ii) Previous experience / research in any of the areas of disaster management, extreme weather events, SME development.

Applications should be made in the form of a detailed CV (with a minimum of 2 references) and covering letter and sent to Dr. Bingu Ingirige, Lecturer, School of the Built Environment, University of Salford, Maxwell Building, Salford M5 4WT or preferably submitted via e-mail to

The closing date for applications is Friday 25 January 2008.

The successful candidates will be expected to take up the studentship in February 2008 (or possibly earlier if mutually convenient).

Further information:
For further information on the School of the Built Environment see Http://
For informal inquiries please contact Dr. Bingu Ingirige (M.J.B.Ingirige[ at ] at Tel +44 (0)161 2952858.