Sustainable Cities: Transforming the Food Supply Chain

Sustainable Cities: Transforming the Food Supply Chain

Eligibility: UK/EU/International students with the required entry requirements

Award Details: No award (self-funding)

Duration: Full-Time – between three and three and a half years fixed term

Application deadline: 28th June 2021

Interview dates: Will be confirmed to shortlisted candidates

Start date: September 2021

For enquiries please contact Dr Safaa Sindi

Introduction

Coventry University is inviting applications from suitably qualified graduates for a self-funded PhD project on sustainable cities.  The candidate  must have at least a BSc or background in at least one of the following areas: supply chain and operations, engineering, computing, or mathematics.

Project details

The increase in global population has led to the need for more sustainable and innovative methods throughout the food supply chain.  This is partly to ensure food security, but also to help deal with rising CO2 levels and global emissions. The aim of the project is to investigate the feasibility of integrating vertical farming and automated food processing, with an indoor transport delivery system. The main objective is to determine what effect vertical farming has on the food supply chain. The project would propose strategic considerations for the commercial implementation of vertical farms in cities.

Funding 

This project is offered on a self-funded or externally funded basis. We particular welcome applications from candidates with funding from their home governments or sponsorship from companies.

For the academic year 2020/21:  English, Welsh and EU students can apply to borrow up to £26,445 to help cover the cost of their PhD.  Find out more about PHD Loans.

Benefits

The successful candidate will receive comprehensive research training including technical, personal and professional skills.

All researchers at Coventry University (from PhD to Professor) are part of the Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability and Development, which provides support with high-quality training and career development activities. 

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of a 2:1 first degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 60% mark in the project element or equivalent with a minimum 60% overall module average. 
    PLUS 
    the potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a 3.5 years
  • a minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component)
Additionally

The student must have at least a BSc or background in at least one of the following areas: supply chain and operations, engineering, computing, or mathematics.

Equivalent, the student can have industry experience in at least one of the following areas: engineering, computing, supply chain and operations.


How to apply

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. 

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