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PhD Studentship in Environmental Engineering – Climate Emergency and Healthcare in the NHS (CLEANER NHS)

Newcastle University- PhD Studentship in Environmental Engineering – Climate Emergency and Healthcare in the NHS (CLEANER NHS)

Award Summary

100% fees covered, and a minimum tax-free annual living allowance of £17,668 (2022-23 UKRI rate). Plus, substantial additional research costs (for travel, consumables, and additional living funds).


The NHS accounts for >6% of England’s greenhouse gas emissions. Climate change also poses significant risks to health and healthcare delivery. There is therefore a need for rapid progress towards Net Zero healthcare systems that are also adapted to future climates.

In this PhD you will have the opportunity to work with a committed team at the Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (NHFT) to address some of these critical sectoral challenges which could include:

  • describing primary-secondary care interfaces and developing an inventory of services. Targeting services of high volume and undertaking whole-care pathway analysis could identify high emission hotspots to target emissions reductions.
  • reviewing existing policies to identify those that impede progression towards Net Zero targets.
  • identifying appropriate standard metrics to assess mitigation action in a healthcare setting as part of a Net Zero framework.
  • develop a framework for assessing the risk associated with climate hazards in healthcare settings and identify adaptation actions consistent with Net Zero, identifying possible trade-offs between climate action and health.

This PhD project provides the opportunity to develop skills in a range of areas including network mapping, data analysis, coding, analysis of climate/environment data, climate science, and impact and risk assessment.

Number Of Awards


Start Date

18th September 2023

Award Duration

4 Years

Application Closing Date

13th March 2023

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  • Application deadline: Mar 12, 2023
  • Newcastle University
  • School of Engineering
  • Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
  • PhD and Postdoc Positions
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