Energy Resilience and the Built Environment: Fully funded PhDs



Application details:

Start date of studentship: 1 October 2021

Interview date: tbc


Primary supervisor: Prof. Kevin Lomas

Secondary supervisor: Dr Arash Beizaee

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014). 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.

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The School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering aims to be the world’s leading integrated centre for built environment research and education, attending to the entire lifecycle of both buildings and infrastructure through our research, teaching and enterprise programmes.

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The EPSRC CDT in Energy Resilience and the Built Environment (ERBE) brings together established energy research centres at Loughborough University and University College London with the MaREI Research Centre (Ireland). We provide a unique opportunity to work with leading researchers on multi-disciplinary projects integrated with industry and provide a comprehensive skills and development programme.

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Full Project Detail:

The ERBE CDT is an integrated, four-year programme, which will provide the knowledge, research and transferable skills to enable outstanding graduates from physics to social sciences to successfully pursue research in one of three themes:

  • Flexibility and resilience: the interaction between buildings and the whole supply system, through new generation and storage technology.
  • Technology and system performance: demand reduction and decarbonisation of the built environment through design, construction methods, technological innovation, monitoring and regulation.
  • Comfort, health, and well-being: buildings and energy systems that create productive work environments and affordable, clean, safe homes.

By providing training in a rigorous, world-leading, stakeholder-shaped, outward-facing and multi-centred research environment, the ERBE CDT will help the UK achieve the goals in the government’s industrial strategy and clean growth plan.

Entry requirements:

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject. Applicants having a background in STEM subjects, architecture or other building and energy-related disciplines are particularly welcomed. A relevant master’s degree and/or employment experience will be an advantage.

Funding information:

The four-year studentship is intended to start by 1 October 2021 and provides a tax-free stipend of approx. £15,285 a year for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the home rate. Non-UK applicants are welcome, but please note that the difference between home and International fees cannot be met by the ERBE CDT:

We also accept applications from those who wish to self-fund, are in receipt of an independent scholarship, or are fully industry-funded; this must be indicated clearly on your application.

Contact details:

For information about the project, please contact:

Name: Dr Arash Beizaee

Email address:

Telephone number: +44 (0)1509 228788

For information about the application process, please contact:

Name: Mr Berkeley Young

Email address:

Telephone number: +44 (0)1509 222611

How to apply:

Applications should be made online at and must include an outline research proposal. Under programme name, please select Energy Resilience and the Built Environment. This document will help you though the application process.

Please quote reference number: ERBE21