PhD Project: Environmental/Chemical Engineering (University of Edinburgh & University of Auckland)

Degree: PhD
University: The University of Edinburgh , Faculty: College of Science & Engineering
City: Edinburgh , Country: United Kingdom
Discipline: Engeneering & Technology
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  • Tuition fee € 3889 - Details
    € 14755 (non-EEA)
  • Start Date of Studies
  • Admission deadline Open until filled
  • Programme Alternatives full-time
  • Language English
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  • Programme Description

    Programme Description

    Water provision in small communities can be problematic due to variable water quantity and quality, lacking infrastructure of both electricity and distribution system, waste disposal as well as the availability of skilled labour and spare parts for maintenance. While the technology to provide high quality water exists and systems can be constructed to operate semi-automatically, many issues of operation and maintenance
    remain unresolved. This project aims to:

    1. analyse existing small membrane water supply systems in Scotland and New Zealand with regards to system performance. This will cover failures and their management, operational strategies as well as energy consumption and availability. During this part of the project will build on a strong interaction with the local water industry,
    2. incorporate the findings into the design of an autonomous and robust system that can be a) implemented in remote communities without existing infrastructure, b) private supplies in the Scottish Islands or New Zealand Tramping Huts, and c) disaster relief situations,
    3. develop the socio-economic integration and management plan for each scenario based on existing performance data such as failures and energy requirements, findings of the Mauri model of sustainability and the perception of indigenous communities about the suggested technology.

    The project is supported as part of the Universitas 21 collaboration initiative ( that allows the joint award of PhDs by selected institutions from this network. The candidate will be spending time at both institutions and a programme will be negotiated to suit the requirements of the project and the
    candidate. It is anticipated that this will most likely take a form of a research base at Edinburgh with about a third of the time (approx one year) spent in New Zealand for field work - or vice versa. The candidate will be jointly supervised by Prof Andrea Schäfer (Institute for Infrastructure and Environment, Edinburgh) and Dr
    Kepa Morgan (Civil & Environmental Engineering, Auckland).


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