ERBE Centre for Doctoral Training

Energy resilience in the built environment

ERBE Centre for Doctoral Training

Principal Investigator: Prof. Brian Ó Gallachóir

Email: ERBE@ucc.ie

Website: https://erbecdt.ac.uk/

 

ERBE represents an exciting partnership between MaREI (Ireland), University College London (UK), and the University of Loughborough (UK) that is funded through the SFI-EPSRC ‘Centres for Doctoral Training’ (CDT) Programme, and which aims to promote excellence in research through the training of cohorts of doctoral students and the fostering of collaboration between UK and Ireland based researchers.

ERBE will train innovative leaders with the necessary skills to transform the relationships between buildings and the energy system, providing sustainable, affordable, and healthy places to live and work. In order to achieve this, a whole system multi-disciplinary approach will be implemented that draws on the skills of each ERBE partner, involving the training of 68 students across five separate intakes.

New call for project proposals

Supplemental Call for Project Proposals for 2020 Cohort in response to COVID-19 pandemic

The ‘Energy Resilience in the Built Environment’ (ERBE) CDT represents an exciting partnership between MaREI (Ireland), University College London (UK), and Loughborough University (UK)  that is funded through the SFI-EPSRC ‘Centres for Doctoral Training’ (CDT) Programme. The CDT will provide students with a deep understanding of buildings, low and zero carbon technologies and the socio-technical context.

The post-pandemic world will see a new reality for the built environment; both residential & commercial. One of the themes & project areas of the ERBE CDT is Comfort, Health & Wellbeing; which allows for a research focus on building, energy, and ICT systems that create productive and efficient work and operational environments and affordable, clean, safe homes.

This supplemental call focuses solely on the link between this theme and the impact the current pandemic will have on the ability to create these safe, affordable, healthy & operational homes and work & operational environments.

We are currently seeking proposals for additional PhD Project(s) to join the 2020 cohort of ERBE students.

What should the Proposal Include

The proposal must clearly demonstrate alignment to the ERBE CDT Theme 3: Comfort, Health & Wellbeing (further details can be found here) along with an understanding of how the proposal will respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and its implications on the built environment relevant to this theme. The ERBE CDT is a partnership between MaREI & UCL and Loughborough University in the UK and there is a co-supervision requirement for all projects. However, this co-supervision does not have to be confirmed for the proposal to be submitted.

How to Apply

Please use the Template Document for Supervisors – COVID 19 Call – May 2020 to submit your project proposal to Aoife Dunne, ERBE CDT Programme Manager to aoife.dunne@ucc.ie by 5.00 p.m. Friday 5th June.

Next Steps

Following the 5th June deadline, all submitted project proposals will be included in the Call for prospective students. In their application for this PhD position, prospective students will be asked to rank their order of preference of the submitted proposals along with submitting a research motivation statement outlining their suitability to this PhD programme and their preferred proposal. A successful project will be a combination of a robust project proposal with a strong suitable candidate. The number of projects awarded will be at the discretion of the ERBE Management Team.

ERBE CDT Programme

The ERBE CDT PhD Programme will provide the knowledge, research and transferable skills to enable outstanding graduates from physics to social sciences to pursue research in one of three themes:

  1. Flexibility and resilience: the interaction between buildings, both domestic and non-domestic, and the whole energy system, through new generation, storage, and energy efficiency technology, enabled by smart control systems and new business models.
  2. Technology and system performance: demand reduction and decarbonisation of the built environment and its utilisation through design, construction methods, technological innovation, cyber-physical monitoring and control systems and regulation.
  3. Comfort, health and well-being: building, energy, and ICT systems that create productive and efficient work and operational environments and affordable, clean, safe homes.

There are currently 4 ERBE students across UCC, CIT, NUIG & TUD with another 4-5 students expected to join the cohort in September 2020. It is a hugely valuable and coveted PhD position with significant investment for training & collaborative opportunities across the partner institutions.

ERBE CDT Management Team

Prof Brian Ó’Gallachoir (UCC)                     Director

Dr. Dominic O’Sullivan (UCC)                      Vice-Director

Dr. Jamie Goggins (NUIG)                            Academic Manager

Aoife Dunne (UCC)                                        Programme Manager

Programme Information

“You will participate in a four-year integrated programme of energy demand research in a whole energy system context. You will be registered in one of MaREI’s seven institutional partners and will be co-supervised by a UK-based investigator.

There are core modules which have been co-created with partners from across industry, government, and academia, and will cover topics such as energy policy and society, energy data and analysis, building modelling, physics of the built environment, and socio-technical theory and methods.

Key to the cohort experience of this PhD programme is the participation in an annual Block Week in Loughborough University; along with a Summer School, Colloquium and a student-led conference, along with participation in events and training specific to your own research.

The ERBE CDT PhD Programme will provide the knowledge, research and transferable skills to enable outstanding graduates from physics to social sciences to pursue research in one of three themes:

  1. Flexibility and resilience: the interaction between buildings, both domestic and non-domestic, and the whole energy system, through new generation, storage, and energy efficiency technology, enabled by smart control systems and new business models.
  2. Technology and system performance: demand reduction and decarbonisation of the built environment and its utilisation through design, construction methods, technological innovation, cyber-physical monitoring and control systems and regulation.
  3. Comfort, health and well-being: building, energy, and ICT systems that create productive and efficient work and operational environments and affordable, clean, safe homes.”
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