UKERC Funds Five New Interdisciplinary PhD Students

The UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) today awarded five new studentships to PhD students researching energy, while crossing scientific, engineering and socio-economic boundaries. 

This takes the total number of students being funded by UKERC - since it was established in 2004 - to 33, with the first expected to receive his doctorate this year.

The scheme requires students to have a solid grounding in and understanding of more than one discipline, reflecting UKERC's 'whole systems' approach. 

2009 saw 43 studentship applications, a 26% increase compared to the previous year. 

A cross-disciplinary evaluation panel reviewed all the applications, inviting a small number to submit full applications from which five were selected.

UKERC Research Director Professor Jim Skea commented: "The standard of applicants this year has been good, with one of the most varied group of successful projects we have seen. 

Of prime importance for us was to see evidence of an interdisciplinary approach, which the successful candidates have certainly shown."

Successful Applications

  • Donna Taylor, University of Cumbria - An integrated approach to enhancing woodland biodiversity and woodfuel supply through targeted woodland grant schemes
  • Philipp Gruenewald, Imperial College - Market Potential for Novel Solar Hydrogen Technologies: An interdisciplinary approach towards commercial and technical potential of Solar Hydrogen generation
  • Nick Hughes, Imperial College - The evolution of electricity networks in a transition to a low carbon economy in the UK
  • Alexandra Gormally, Lancaster Environment Centre - Resilience, Interleaving & Acceptability of Upland Renewable Energy: a case study for Cumbria
  • Julien Aurore- Sustainable management of cities under energy supply interruption scenarios