Postgraduate research opportunities

Centre for Doctoral Training in Socially Progressive Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The project will focus on studying research questions in social entrepreneurship and social innovation aimed at addressing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) through market-based mechanisms and theory linked interventions. The centre would draw on a variety of methodologies to make the intervent

Number of places

One

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Opens

8 May 2019

Deadline

30 June 2019

Duration

42 months

Eligibility

Candidates are required to have:

  • Prior knowledge/experience on image processing, remote sensing, big data analytics.
  • Computational skills and experience in higher-level languages, such as C/C++ are required. Experience of digital image acquisition will be useful.
  • Background in science (maths, computer science) or engineering (electrical & electronic, mechanical, civil) with a first or 2:1 UK Honours degree, or overseas equivalent and/or a Masters degree.
  • Excellent analytical skills and a demonstrable aptitude to undertake research and develop into an independent researcher
  • Aptitude to work in a multidisciplinary and multicultural environmentAptitude to work in a multidisciplinary and multicultural
  • Excellent written and oral English language skills. 

Project Details

The project aims at monitoring and mapping from ground and space water and energy networks together with those elements in their surroundings that can have an impact on their accessibility and use. These are for example geomorphic features of the territory, size and shape of habitat/inhabitant centres, crops and plantations, community services, road networks. With this big-data approach, it will be possible to detect cause-effect correlations that are not so intuitive or straightforward. Once the water sources and energy networks are modelled and mapped, the next stage of the project will consist of investigating if and how access to water, sanitation and energy can spill over to financial and economic domains, through innovation and entrepreneurship. 

Proposed Start Date: October 2019

Funding Details

Studentship will provide home/EU tuition fees and a tax-free stipend circa £15,000 per annum for 42 months. International applicants are welcome to apply, but would require to cover the difference between Home/EU and International fees.

We also welcome self-funded or externally funded applications.

Supervisor

You will be registered as a PhD student in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering based at the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, under the primary supervision of Dr Annalisa Riccardi and secondary supervision of Dr Edmondo Minisci.

Further information

The University of Strathclyde is delighted to announce the establishment of the Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Socially Progressive Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SPIE). The aim of the CDT is to develop a social science research lab aimed at addressing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) through market-based mechanisms and theory linked interventions. The CDT aims to train the next generation of researchers who will design, develop and test novel theories to advance research on social entrepreneurship and innovation, and will build capacity through providing training in specialised advanced quantitative and qualitative research methods.

The CDT is a multidisciplinary endeavour bringing together faculty from Strathclyde Business School (Dr. Sreevas Sahasranamam, Dr. Tiago Loncan and Dr. Katerina Nicolopoulou), Dept of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (Dr. Annalisa Riccardi and Dr. Edmondo Minisci), and Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering (Prof. Robert Kalin).

Successful applicants will also be part of a vibrant research group working on UN SDGs consisting of a number of PhD students, research assistants, postdoctoral researchers, academic supervisors as well as other associated faculty. The research group has a number of large-scale active research projects and upcoming proposals, which will provide hands-on training. For instance, Prof. Robert Kalin is the Director, Climate Justice Fund Water Futures Programme, which runs an elaborate project in Malawi mapping its water points.