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PhD Studentships

Applications are now open for the Science and Solutions for a Changing Planet DTP fully funded NERC studentships for 2017/18. 

Student applications must be submitted by 16 January 2017 for October 2017 start.

Studentships FAQ

How to apply

Choose the project that you would like to apply for and contact the lead supervisor with a cover letter and CV  (don't wait for the deadline) to apply.

You should then also apply through the main Imperial application process.

(NB the SSCP DTP does not appear in the postgraduate programme search. Please search for the lead supervisor’s department which can be found on each project’s advertisement page).

Am I eligible to apply?

There are two ways of being funded for a place on the SSCP DTP programme, a NERC-funded studentship and a Grantham-funded studentship.

We are offering 15 NERC studentships and 3 Grantham studentships, which will be awarded among the applicants for the projects below.

There are different eligibility criteria to meet depending on the funding source for UK (home), EU and overseas applicants. Please see our Eligibility Criteria Fact Sheet to determine whether you are eligible for our studentships.

If you have further questions regarding eligibility, please contact the specific Registry Admissions team for your faculty.

The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting their studies in the 2017–18 academic year will continue to be eligible to receive funding for the duration of their course. EU students will also remain eligible for the same government funding support as they are now, including the Tuition Fee Loan. This access to government funding will continue throughout your course, even if the UK exits the EU during this time. Please visit Imperial's page "Imperial and the EU" for more information as it develops.


If you have further questions, please read our FAQs.

If your question is not answered there, please email the Administrator - Education, Eleana Overett, at

SSCP DTP Studentships 2017/18
Project TitleSupervisorDepartment
 Automated monitoring of rainforest biophysical structure from aerial platforms  Dr Mirko Kovac  Aeronautics
 Fuel poverty and energy consumption behaviour  Dr Ralf Martin  Business School
 Small Changes for a Better Health: Understand the Individual Economic Behaviour and Value of Indoor Air Quality and Lifestyle Improvements  Dr Laure de Preux   Business School
 Renewable Energy Investments - a multi-country financial analysis  Dr Enrico Biffis   Business School
 The impact of extreme weather events on supply chains  Dr Enrico Biffis   Business School
 How do you do? An Assessment of the Chinese Carbon Markets’ Implementation and Performance  Dr Mirabelle Muuls   Business School
 Balancing power: electricity consumption behaviour through time  Dr Ralf Martin  Business School
 A project-level assessment of energy efficiency uptake: What determines success?  Dr Mirabelle Muuls   Business School
 Promoting Behavioural Change in School Children to Encourage Climate-Aware Adults  Karen E. Makuch  Centre for Environmental Policy
 Enhanced understanding of what makes climate finance effective  Karen E. Makuch  Centre for Environmental Policy
 The Economic and Carbon Mitigation Potential of Manufacturing Small Modular Nuclear Reactors in the UK  Dr Iain Staffell  Centre for Environmental Policy
 Integrating sensor data and other sources of information to improve population air pollution exposure assessment  Dr Audrey de Nazelle  Centre for Environmental Policy
 Optimized emission and cost reduction in decentralized heating, cooling and electricity networks using predictive climate, market and user demand data  Dr Christos Markides  Chemical Engineering
 Realizing a greener waste treatment: determining suitable infrastructure materials  Dr Kyra Sedransk Campbell  Chemical Engineering
 Phytoremediation for Renewable Energy: Energy Production During Decontamination  Dr Jason Hallett  Chemical Engineering
 Multi-scale decision-making in urban wastewater resource recovery systems  Dr Benoit Chachuat  Chemical Engineering
 Multi-objective life cycle optimisation of the electric charging infrastructure for plug-in hybrid taxis in London’s ultra-low emission zone  Dr Gonzalo Guillen Gosalbez  Chemical Engineering
 Catalytic conversion of carbon dioxide into methanol  Professor Milo Shaffer  Chemistry
 Reclaiming F-Gases through Chemical Transformations  Dr Mark Crimmin  Chemistry
 Dynamic viscosity mapping in atmospheric aerosol particles  Dr Marina Kuimova   Chemistry
 Dissolved organic carbon (DOC) mineralisation, transformation and treatability in UK drinking water catchments  Professor Nigel Graham  Civil and Environmental Engineering
 Wireless sensor networks for river stage and flow monitoring  Dr Wouter Buytaert  Civil and Environmental Engineering
 Real world emissions of greenhouse gases and air quality pollutants from road vehicles  Dr Marc Stettler  Civil and Environmental Engineering
 A journey from the modern ocean to the past and into the future – how does seawater acquire its chemical fingerprint?  Dr Tina van de Flierdt  Earth Science and Engineering
 Antarctic Ice Sheets under Changing Environmental Conditions  Dr Tina van de Flierdt  Earth Science and Engineering
 Understanding modern biogeochemical cycles in the context of the international GEOTRACES program – Cadmium, zinc, lead and neodymium isotope analyses  Dr Mark Rehkamper  Earth Science and Engineering
 Novel applications of trace metal stable isotope measurements in medical research  Dr Mark Rehkamper  Earth Science and Engineering
 Fold growth in the South Caspian Sea Basin: Mechanisms and interaction with deep-water lacustrine sediments  Dr Lidia Lonergan  Earth Science and Engineering
 Determining controls on transition metal isotope fractionation factors in mantle minerals  Dr Julie Prytulak  Earth Science and Engineering
 From environmental precursor to fully organised dolomite: testing dolomitization models through a multi-disciplinary approach  Dr Cedric M John  Earth Science and Engineering
 Collapse of the former Barents Sea Ice Sheet: an analogue for a future West Antarctica  Professor Martin Siegert  Earth Science and Engineering
 Determing palaeointensities from chemical remanent magnestisations  Dr Adrian Muxworthy  Earth Science and Engineering
 The effect of climate change on arsenic in drinking water in Bangladesh  Professor Dominik Weiss  Earth Science and Engineering
 Mantle temperatures, melting and surface uplift  Dr Gareth Roberts  Earth Science and Engineering
 Will climate change make coastal erosion rates faster?: Comparing historic and Holocene cliff retreat rates using cosmogenic isotopes with numerical models  Dr Dylan Rood  Earth Science and Engineering
 Earthquake hazard assessment using cosmogenic isotopes  Dr Dylan Rood  Earth Science and Engineering
 Reconstructing erosion and sediment supply from the continents in deep time – examples from the Cretaceous  Dr Alex Whittaker  Earth Science and Engineering
 Investigating landscape response to active normal faulting: Improving understanding of seismic hazard in the Corinth Rift, Central Greece  Dr Rebecca Bell  Earth Science and Engineering
 Understanding Circum-Pacific tectonics: Numerical subduction modelling of variable density plates  Dr Saskia Goes  Earth Science and Engineering
 Fluid dynamics of magma reservoirs  Professor Matthew Jackson  Earth Science and Engineering
 Firing the sediment gun: impacts on landscape response to active faulting  Dr Alex Whittaker  Earth Science and Engineering
 Understanding the origin and fate of the Great Barrier Reef through numerical modelling  Dr Cedric M John  Earth Science and Engineering
 Behaviour change of cyclists in response to autonomous transport  Professor Neil Mansfield   Dyson School of Design Engineering
 Mapping the environmental impact of the additive manufacturing value chain  Dr Connor Myant   Dyson School of Design Engineering
 Trans-generational fitness consequences of chronic stress induced by global change  Dr Julia Schroeder   Life Sciences
 Predicting the impacts of warming and habitat fragmentation on food web structure  Dr Eoin O'Gorman   Life Sciences
 Does soil microbial biodiversity halt the spread of agricultural pathogens?  Dr Thomas Bell   Life Sciences
 Social bee success in fragmented agricultural landscapes  Dr Richard Gill   Life Sciences
 How does deforestation impact orangutan diet and health?: A metagenomic approach  Dr Jason Hodgson   Life Sciences
 The ecological and genetic determinants of speciation  Professor Tim Barraclough   Life Sciences
 Investigating the impact of forest management on the abundance of human human-used wildlife species  Dr Robert Ewers   Life Sciences
 Dependence of the stability of steady states on complexity in changing Earth system  Dr Robert Endres   Life Sciences
 Bringing the Geoffroy’s spider monkey (Ateles geoffroyi) back from the brink of extinction in Costa Rica  Dr Cristina Banks-Leite   Life Sciences
 Understanding the adoption and spread of marine community-based conservation  Dr Morena Mills   Life Sciences
 Are forest large-scale mycorrhizal distributions and functions affected by environmental change?  Dr Martin Bidartondo   Life Sciences
 Enhancing Crop Cultivation in Challenging Soil  Dr Giovanni Sena   Life Sciences
 Impacts of Warming on High Latitude Food Webs  Professor Guy Woodward   Life Sciences
 On the structure and function of tropical tree roots  Professor Jon Lloyd  Life Sciences
 Corals Reefs pf 2050: Are there winning reefs in the face of committed near-future climate change?
 Professor Jon Lloyd   Life Sciences
 Changing Palms: Designing Strategies for Positive Institutional Behaviour Change to Address Land-Use Change and Mitigate Climate Change in the Palm Oil Industry  Dr Andrew Knight   Life Sciences
 Social networks and social behaviours  Dr Julia Schroeder   Life Sciences
 Evolutionary dynamics of crop pathogen communities in a changing climate  Professor Tim Barraclough   Life Sciences
 Factors contributing to the mating success of male mosquitoes  Dr Lauren Cator   Life Sciences
 A next-generation land-surface model based on eco-evolutionary optimization  Professor Colin Prentice   Life Sciences
 Food, biofuel and biodiversity: striking a sustainable balance  Professor Andy Purvis   Life Sciences
 Impacts of climate change on European freshwater food webs: an international field experiment  Professor Guy Woodward   Life Sciences
 Assessing the risks of 2D nanomaterials in the environment  Dr Alexandra Porter   Materials
 Eddy-Resolving Modelling of the Red Sea General Circulation  Dr Pavel Berloff  Mathematics
 Radiation, reflection and breakdown of Rossby waves and their role in stratosphere-troposphere coupling  Professor Xuesong Wu  Mathematics
 Mean-field games and the transition from fossil fuels to low-carbon  Professor Pierre Degond   Mathematics
 Tuberculosis in cattle and badgers – the role of environmental transmission  Professor Christl Donnelly   School of Public Health
 Linking aerosol fungal biodiversity to environmental change and human health  Professor Matthew C. Fisher   School of Public Health
 Understanding the role of phytochelatins in detoxifying metal pollution in aquatic animals  Dr Jake Bundy  School of Public Health
 Characterizing chemical contaminants in environmental biofilms  Dr Jake Bundy  School of Public Health
 Assessing soil and rhizosphere microbiomes of native and invasive plants on South Georgia Island  Dr Anne D. Jungblut   Natural History Museum
 Out of the woods: how termites live inside and outside rain forests  Dr Paul Eggleton   Natural History Museum
 Convergent Evolution of Body Elongation  Dr Mark Wilkinson   Natural History Museum
 Magma mixing and explosive activity at Popocatépetl volcano (Mexico)  Dr Chiara Maria Petrone   Natural History Museum
 Quantifying Population Change in UK Pollinators using Museum Collections  Professor Ian Barnes  Natural History Museum
 Modelling Tropical Cyclones in the West Pacific  Professor Ralf Toumi   Physics
 Building a long-term record of the global solar energy resource from satellite observations  Dr Helen Brindley   Physics
 Estimating and attributing regional methane emissions using innovative atmospheric measurements  Dr Heather Graven   Physics
 A modelling study of the impact of North Atlantic sea surface temperature anomalies on the North Atlantic Oscillation and the tropical atmospheric circulation  Dr Arnaud Czaja   Physics
 Investigating dust-climate interactions over India  Dr Helen Brindley   Physics
 Monitoring from Space the surface heat budget of the global ocean  Dr Arnaud Czaja   Physics
 Fire, atmospheric composition, and climate: Modelling the past, present, and future  Dr Apostolos Voulgarakis  Physics
 Human health co-benefits from climate change mitigation  Dr Apostolos Voulgarakis   Physics
 Is climate change differentially affecting C3 and C4 plant lineages in Africa? – a case study of tribe Abildgaardieae  Professor Isabel Larridon  Royal Botanical Gardens (Kew)
 Exploring endophyte diversity in seeds of crop wild relatives  Dr Ester Gaya  Royal Botanical Gardens (Kew)
 Improving food security in Africa: taxonomy, genetics and ecology of finger-grasses  Dr Maria Vorontsova  Royal Botanical Gardens (Kew)
 Genomic mechanisms underpinning gymnosperm diversification  Dr Felix Forest  Royal Botanical Gardens (Kew)
 Unravelling Tropical Rainforest Evolution: Indo-Pacific Palms as a Model Group  Dr William J. Baker  Royal Botanical Gardens (Kew)
 Plants for water: assessing the impacts of climate change on plants linked to water provisioning in the highlands of the Tropical Andes  Dr Mauricio Diazgranados  Royal Botanical Gardens (Kew)
 Phylogenetic diversity and structure in Neotropical biomes  Dr Eve Lucas  Royal Botanical Gardens (Kew)
 Do climate and land use changes interact to precipitate biodiversity loss?  Dr Nathalie Pettorelli  Zoological Society London 
 Integrating human and wildlife health: the case of nonfatal rabies in Africa  Professor Rosie Woodroffe   Zoological Society London 
 Socio-economic opportunities for habitat restoration in the Atlantic Forest of Brazil with co-benefits for local livelihoods  Dr Piero Visconti   Zoological Society London 
 Mitigating wildlife disease: elucidating the ecological and evolutionary strategies of chytridiomycosis for disease management  Dr Trenton Garner  Zoological Society London 
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