PhD Research Project: Biomimicry, biophilia, and urban design solutions

Institution: University of Leeds
Dept/School/Faculty: Faculty of Biological Sciences
PhD Supervisor: Dr C Hassall
Application Deadline: Thursday, January 29, 2015
Funding Availability: Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

This research project will seek to resolve design challenges within the built environment using knowledge derived from the whole spectrum of biological organisation. You will work in a cross-disciplinary setting, making the most of innovative biomimicry research networks through Leeds Beckett University and one of the UK’s largest Life Sciences faculties based at the University of Leeds, to provide the link between engineering, urbanism, and biology and ecology.

The exact topic and method of research is open with the above fields to allow for greater creativity and innovation of the research project.

The project will be co-supervised by:
Chris Hassall - Lecturer in Biology at the University of Leeds with core research interests in urban ecosystems, evolutionary biology and biodiversity.
Richard MacCowan - Lead in Biomimicry, Biophilia and Systems-Thinking at the the Leeds Sustainability Institute, Lecturer at Leeds Beckett University, and co-founder of Biomimicry UK (

Funding Notes:

Applicants should have, or be expecting to receive, a 2.1 Hons degree in a relevant subject (although a range of subjects will be considered depending on the candidate's background). The project is competitively funded through the University of Leeds 110 Anniversary Studentship Scheme. See the Faculty of Biological Sciences website for more details:

Thanks to Richard MacCown and the LinkedIn Biomimicry Europa mailing list for the pointer!

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