Smart, Sustainable Cities PhD

Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering
Entry requirements:
3 years
6 years
Reference number:
Start date:
01 April 2019
UK/EU fees:
International fees:
Application deadline:
09 October 2018



in the UK for research quality

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Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014) and an outstanding 66% of the work of Loughborough’s academic staff who were eligible to be submitted to the REF was judged as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, compared to a national average figure of 43%.

In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Doctoral College, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career. 

Project detail

By 2050 over 65% of the world’s population will be living in urban areas. This presents challenges regarding sustainability, especially with regards issues such as energy demand heat and power generation and air pollution.

Thus, there is the need to develop data-driven 'smart solutions' to address these challenges through the use of intelligent technologies, and the development of the tools needed to help decision makers plan, finance and deliver future sustainable cities.

In this context, this PhD research will:

  • Assess the role of cities in climate change, its mitigation and how the use of intelligent technologies can decrease GHG emissions and improve energy efficiency;
  • Evaluate the impact of these technologies on environmental sustainability and on human well-being;
  • Develop a robust empirically-based framework to assess urban performance which considers sustainable smart cities;
  • Develop an end-user focussed toolkit to enable decision makers to explore potential future sustainable urban future transitions.


Primary supervisor: Dr. Paul Rowley

Find out more

For further project details email Dr. Paul Rowley or register your interest and ask us a question.

To find out more about the School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering, please visit our website.

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Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in a STEM subject. 

A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in modelling and simulation of complex systems would be an advantage.

All students must also meet the minimum English Language requirements.

Fees and funding


Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.

This is an open call for candidates who are sponsored or who have their own funding. If you do not have funding, you may still apply, however Institutional funding is not guaranteed. Outstanding candidates (UK/EU/International) without funding will be considered for funding opportunities which may become available in the School.

How to apply

All applications should be made online. Under programme name select Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. Please quote reference number: PFUF2018