PhD Studentship: Healthy Housing for Refugees

University of Bath - Architecture & Civil Engineering - Centre for Energy and the Design of Environments (EDEn)

Supervisor name: Prof. David Coley.

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Overview of the research

Refugee camps are meant to be short term solutions designed to provide salvation at a moment of crisis. However long-term encampment has become the norm for millions, with camps lasting a generation. Camps tend to be sited in extreme environments, with the temperatures inside the structures simply following the external temperature of 40°C in summer and freezing in winter. These conditions make family live difficult and impact life expectancy. In addition, many designs are not sensitive to gender and other issues. A new science of shelter design is needed, where data is gathered, designs tested in labs then in the field, and solutions found that stay warm in winter, cool in summer, and offer a safe place to raise a family. This PhD will be dedicated to constructing software that UNHCR and others can use to design shelters based on the best building physics available, then testing it.

Funding: This studentship, provided by the University of Bath, will provide tuition fees. A Home/EU award will provide full tuition fees, an annual Training Support Fee of £1,000, and a tax-free annual maintenance payment of £14,553 (2017-8 rate). This award is available to applicants with a Home/EU fee status, and is for a duration of 3 years.

Application criteria: Good first degree and preferably an MSc or MEng in the built environment or physics.

Preferred start date: 2nd October 2017.

Application Deadline: 1 July 2017.

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