PhD Studentships within the Centre for Future Societies


Qualification type: PhD

Location: Hatfield

Funding amount: The studentships are offered on a full-time basis for three years from September 2021 (subject to satisfactory progress) and provide a bursary (currently £15,609 per annum for the academic year 2021-22), including a full tuition fee waiver for three years.

Funding for: Home students. The University particularly welcomes applications from British Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic applicants.

Application closing date: 7 July 2021

Expected start: September 2021

Project outline

Applications are invited by Centre for Future Societies Research for three fully funded PhD studentships at the University of Hertfordshire. These research studentships will be part of the University Alliance (UA) Doctoral Training Alliance in Future Societies.

Applications are welcome on any of the research topics set out below:

Project titlePrinciple supervisorEmail address
The role of microRNAs in vascular calcification associated with ageing, renal and cardiovascular diseasesDr Nima
Monitoring airborne pathogens in healthcare environmentsAssoc Prof Ian
Lab-on-a-Disc system for pathogen detection from exhaled breathDr Nikolay
Disease monitoring for improved economic outlookAssoc Prof Daniel
Using audible and near-ultrasonic waves for water sample composition analysisDr Loic
Design and development of improved, sustainable and low-cost cementitious composites for building and construction applicationsDr Sikiru
Creating digital twin framework for future societiesProf Ljubomir
Transdisciplinary skills for complex problems for future societiesDr Frances
Anthropocene geopoliticsDr Richard
Creating alignment between future stakeholders’ interests and rights in the context of UK high-rise buildingsDr Chamu
Dietary habits in relation to consumer awareness of climate change and environmental sustainabilityDr Rosalind
Impact of active commuting and green space on health and wellbeing in a post-covid societyDr Lindsay
Recycling mineral wastes for manufacturing high-quality sustainable concreteDr Antonios
Design optimization of renewable power generation systemDr Mahmoud
Building resilience throughout the coffee supply chainProf Jonathan
Urban heat stress and future societies in the midst of changing climateDr Pushp
Preparation and characterisation of high performance nano phase change materials for a heating energy storage system in buildingsProf Yong
Microfluidic system employing nanoparticle-based chemical and biosensors for water monitoringDr Christabel
Big data driven green and intelligent transport system for smart citiesProf Yichuang
The future of shared mobility of everyday travelDr Maurizio
Artificial intelligence for future positive energy buildingsDr Iosif

Further particulars on specific projects can be obtained from relevant principal supervisors on the email addresses above, to whom informal enquiries can also be addressed.

Application requirements

Applicants must have a UK good honours degree (First-Class Honours or Upper Second-Class Honours) in a relevant field or equivalent and additionally an appropriate Masters qualification would be beneficial.

How to apply

Applicants are required to provide the following documents:

  • a completed application form
  • a cover letter explaining their interest in the proposed project title and the relevance of their background to the proposed project title
  • an up to date CV
  • two academic references
  • copies of qualification certificates and transcripts
  • a copy of passport photo page

Please send completed applications to the Doctoral College at, using the following format in the email subject line: Future Societies Research Studentships.