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Funded PhD Studentship – Community Water Management for a Liveable London (CAMELLIA)

A fully-funded studentship in community engagement or systems thinking for urban water management is available at UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering

UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering invites applications for a fully funded 4-year PhD studentship covering UK/EU fees plus stipend. The research topic will be integrated water management in London, with a specialist focus on systems thinking and / or community engagement. 

Project Details

Title: PhD Studentship in Community Water Management 

Supervisors: Professor Sarah Bell and Dr Nici Zimmermann, UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering 

Stipend: £17,009 plus fees of £5,210
Start Date: September/October 2019
Funding Duration: 4 years

The proposed PhD topic will contribute to the Thamesmead case study within the CAMELLIA project. It will involve working with stakeholders and communities in Thamesmead and surrounding neighbourhoods to develop and evaluate methods for engagement with urban water management in the delivery of a major urban regeneration scheme. The methods that could be used include, but are not limited to, system mapping, system dynamics, community co-design and community modelling. The project is highly interdisciplinary, requiring collaboration across the topics of of urban environments, water systems, systems thinking, stakeholder and community engagement. 

Application deadline

26 April 2019

Further Details and how to apply

PhD Scholarship: Using Data Science to inform Policy Models in Adult Social Care

The University of Strathclyde is offering a 3 year PhD scholarship covering Home/EU fees plus a stipend of approximately £14,777 per annum.

Project Details

The aim of this project will be to design and evaluate a framework for coherently combining data science methods with system dynamics modelling. This will provide an understanding of the system level structure that explains dynamic behaviour through empirical findings identified within rich data.  The project will then evaluate the framework in the context of adult social care.

The use of data science methods to inform system dynamics modelling provides a number of opportunities. Firstly, rich data can be used to provide rigorous evidence for input parameters to the system level model. Secondly, the data can be used to support insight to plausible theories or key system structures. This project will provide an important opportunity to impact strategic decision-making, enabling directed enquiry of data. 

In conjunction with the Northern Ireland Department of Health, home care workforce planning has been identified as an area which could benefit from this work. Demand for adult social care is rising across the UK. Although increased home care workers are needed to meet this demand, continued reduction in public spending is impacting the future of home care providers and leading to calls for the need for fundamental reforms. Policy level models are required to consider the impact of such reforms and system dynamics modelling has proven impact in a social care and healthcare environment. The successful student will have access to experts in the Department of Health in Northern Ireland and will have the opportunity to test their framework in supporting strategic decision-making in the area of home care workforce planning.

Application deadline

31st March 2019

Further details and how to apply

Contact Us

Informal enquiries to Professor Susan Howick

Or Professor John Quigley

PhD Scholarship: Using systems thinking to capture community values of water in Malawi 

The University of Strathclyde is offering a 3 year PhD scholarship covering Home/EU fees plus a stipend of approximately £14,777 per annum

Project details

The aim of the research is to develop empirically informed models that represent community values of water in rural Malawi and community influence on the provision of the local water supply. The objective is to use these models to integrate the community values of people living in poverty into more inclusive public planning and multi-stakeholder decision making.

Achieving sustainable drinking water supply to the poor represents an on-going challenge in many regions of the world. Part of this challenge relates to the maintenance of water supply at community standpipes accessed by payment of a local tariff to a water seller for a bucket of water. Concerns have been raised about how much to charge the poor and how to maintain access to a reliable water supply with maintenance of piped systems and boreholes recognised as problematic. A key management reform in water supply witnessed in recent years has been the emergence of Water Users Associations (WUAs), as participatory management groups developed to involve local communities in water supply. The proposed research will apply systems thinking to explore community values of water and the role of WUAs in water supply.

The research will evaluate the most appropriate systems thinking methods that should be used to capture the perspective of community groups in Malawi with respect to water supply and develop a process for capturing, mapping and analysing these values. Not only will the output provide insight to inform public planning and decision-making, but also involvement in the process will provide the community groups with deeper understanding of the issues they face with respect to water supply and how their community groups can impact the system. Evidence will be drawn from two comparative case study communities in Chikwawa and Mulanje, rural Malawi. Access will be achieved through established contacts.

Application deadline

28th March 2019

Further details and how to apply

Contact Us

Informal enquiries to Professor Susan Howick

or Dr Andrea Coulson

Using system modelling methods to develop and compare interventions to reduce inappropriate antibiotic prescribing in primary care

PhD studentship opportunity

Belfast Based System Dynamics Modeller


  • Modelling of complex systems as both a diagnostic and design tool to support the achievement of Programme For Government outcome targets
  • Support the management and delivery of a small portfolio of modelling projects
  • Provide advice and guidance to Innovation Lab team members on the application of System Dynamics Modelling within projects

Further Information

UCD College of Business
UCD School of Business – Management Information Systems
Subject Area (MIS)
Lecturer / Assistant Professor in Business Analytics

University College Dublin invites applications for the position of Lecturer / Assistant Professor in the
UCD College of Business, Management Information Systems (MIS) Subject Area. Appointment may be
made on a permanent or temporary five year basis.

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PhD Supervisor

Frederick Obeng is seeking a second supervisor with system dynamics expertise for his PhD on supply chain logistics between West African countries. He can be contacted on +44(0)7578954261 or by email for further details.