EPSRC Doctoral Training Award

University College London - UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA)

Stipend: Standard research council stipend (TBC for academic year 18/19 but for 17/18 this is £16553 including £2000 London Allowance) per annum, plus fees. PT students receive 50% stipend plus fees.

Vacancy Information

The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) is one of the leading forces in the science of cities, generating new knowledge and insights for use in city planning, policy and design and drawing on the latest geospatial methods and ideas in computer-based visualisation and modelling.

CASA’s focus is to be at the forefront of what is one of the grand challenges of 21st Century science: to build a science of cities from a multidisciplinary base, drawing on cutting edge methods, and ideas in modeling, complexity, visualisation and computation. Our current mix of architects, geographers, physicists, mathematicians, urban planners and computer scientists make CASA a unique department within UCL.

Studentship Description

The Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis is offering an EPSRC funded PhD studentship available for 4 years in total from September 2018 to an outstanding individual.

This is an open call and as such proposals are invited which address in detail any aspect across the full range of CASA’s research interests, which cover the broad themes of Smart Cities, Visualisation and Mapping, and Urban Modelling and Simulation. Methods may include techniques drawn from areas such as social physics, scaling to econometric and statistical models, augmented reality and hyper-local sensing through to crowd sourcing, and may link to existing areas of CASA research although innovative proposals incorporating new techniques are also welcomed.

Proposals must address at least one of the current EPSRC themes:

  • Digital Economy
  • Engineering
  • Global Uncertainties
  • Healthcare Technologies
  • Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)
  • Living With Environmental Change (LWEC)
  • Research Infrastructure

Person Specification

We are looking for an outstanding candidate who will have obtained, a Bachelor’s degree at either a first or upper second level, and a Masters degree in a relevant subject.

If proof of English is required the minimum qualification needed is IELTS (or equivalent) score of 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 scored in each component. This qualification must have been obtained within the last 2 years.


This studentship is open to UK and EU applicants only who meet the EPSRC's eligibility requirements. http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/skills/students/help/Pages/eligibility.aspx. Note applicants who are normally resident in the EU outside of the UK are eligible for a fees award only.

How to Apply

To be considered for this studentship, please send a CV, letter of application and project outline to Alasdair Tatam (a.tatam@ucl.ac.uk). Informal enquires should be directed to Dr Elsa Arcaute (e.arcaute@ucl.ac.uk).

Your letter of application should explain your background, motivations for applying and suitability to the project. It should be accompanied by a project outline of no more than 1500 words, and address the area of research, techniques to be applied, and relevance to the EPSRC themes.

The successful applicant will subsequently be required to submit a full PhD application through the UCL admissions system.

Interview Date: TBC

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