PhD Studentship - Embedding Sustainable Sanitation in Sustainable Cities

University of Leeds - School of Civil Engineering

Funded PhD project: Worldwide (International, UK and EU)

Value: Funding covers the cost of fees and provides a maintenance of £14,553 for the 2017/18 academic year. Funding duration is 3 years.

Number of awards: Funding for this award is not guaranteed. This research project is in competition for scholarship funding with other projects and will be awarded on a competitive basis.

Supervisors: Contact Professor Barbara Evans to discuss this project further informally

Project description

Leeds Civil Engineering Research Excellence Scholarship

Access to safely-managed sanitation services is extremely low in rapidly growing cities in the global south. Many millions of urban people live in an environment that is overwhelmed with feacal contamination due to the lack of working toilets, appropriate facilities for their emptying, working sewers and/or appropriate treatment facilities which are properly managed. Meanwhile cities are growing fast, housing is badly planned and climate change is adding stress to the system. Sustainable Development Goals 1.4, 6.2, 6.3 and the entire urban target depend on the solution this complex and intractable problem.

This research project will support the development of tools which facilitate pre-feasibility studies and scenario planning for urban managers who want to invest in urban sanitation. Specifically the research will use a combination of household surveys, observational studies of pit and tank emptying, field based laboratory studies to investigate the nature of faecal sludges in a range of technologies and secondary data collection to establish the true operational and investment costs of a range of urban sanitation systems under variable geographic and climatic conditions in rapidly growing urban centres in the global south. Primary data collection in the field will be combined with modelling approaches to develop standard cost/benefit estimating models for use at prefeasibility and feasibility level stages of urban environmental sanitation planning. The research is embedded within three ongoing research grants managed at the SoCE and as such the geographical location will be selected from one of several focus countries depending on the experience and interests of the student and other ongoing project activities.

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If you require any further information please contact the Graduate School Office, e:, t: +44 (0)113 343 8000.

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