| Coventry University (CU) is inviting applications from suitably-qualified graduates for a fully-funded PhD studentship (part of the CU Global Challenges Research programme) working to understand energy needs and providing new technical solutions for displaced populations in Rwanda and Nepal
This Studentship will be based within an EPSRC-funded project called HEED. The successful applicant will be working with energy survey data collected by the project team as well as data that is streamed from hundreds of wireless sensors embedded in deployed energy interventions (such as mobile lanterns, cookstoves, street lights and microgrids in the camps) in order to perform real-life evaluation of the innovations that support refugees.
The project will look at the challenges and opportunities of inferring knowledge from and/or making decisions based on diverse datasets such as those obtained from energy systems and questionnaires.
There is a wide availability of low-cost wireless networkable sensors that can gather data about environments, human behaviours and interactions between people and common life objects. Dedicated networks can be built to collect detailed data over long periods of time. However, much of our understanding about human behaviour has come from surveys, interviews, focus groups and ethnographic studies. New methodologies that correctly analyse diverse, mixed datasets (sensor based and survey based) are critical to enhance our understanding of human behaviour, needs and aspirations, and drive decisions in response to a number of development challenges.
You will focus on Energy – one of the 17 Global Goals for sustainable Development (https://www.globalgoals.org/) – and will work within the EPSRC HEED-Refugee project, researching into understanding energy needs and providing new technical solutions for displaced populations in Rwanda and Nepal (http://heed-refugee.coventry.ac.uk/).
You will have access to energy survey data collected by the project team as well as data streamed from hundreds of wireless sensors embedded in deployed energy interventions (such as mobile lanterns, cookstoves, street lights and microgrids).
Working with an interdisciplinary team of scientists, your work will be supported by a number of project collaborators (Practical Action, NGO and Scene - a social IT enterprise pioneering solutions in the energy sector).
During the project, you will undertake field work, as well as taking up challenges that naturally come with interdisciplinarity. You will develop as a researcher, scientists and individual, through a structured learning programme that encourages you to use your strengths while gaining new skills. During your PhD, you are expected to make both theoretical contributions to the field as well as perform real-life evaluation of the innovations in scenarios offered by the HELP project.
To find out more about the project please contact Professor Elena Gaura firstname.lastname@example.org.
To apply on line please visit: https://pgrplus.coventry.ac.uk
All applications require full supporting documentation, a covering letter, plus a 2000-word supporting statement showing how the applicant’s expertise and interests are relevant to the project.
Application deadline date: Complete applications must be received by 4pm 1st November 2018.