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Circular design tools for the metal sector

The PhD project will be linked to the UKRI Circular Metal Research Centre. In particular it will support the design stream of the programme.

The PhD researcher will work within an interdisciplinary team of academics, research fellows and other PhD researchers. The PhD researcher will have the opportunity to interact with a range of industries and organisations which are involved in the programme.

The main goal of the PhD research is to develop and test (with companies and practitioners) a range of circular design tools that can be used to enable metal circularity. These might be related to circular business model and/or product design tools. These tools will be informed by the outcomes of the CircularMetal programme activities.

Key research activities include:

  • literature review on circular design tools (with a specific focus on the metal sector);
  • development of novel circular design tools for the metal sector;
  • testing design tools through a combination of expert interviews, design workshops and case studies with companies.

Background in design is welcome. Prior knowledge in circular economy, circular design, design for sustainability is required.

How to apply

If you are interested in applying for the above PhD topic please follow the steps below:

  1. Contact the supervisor by email or phone to discuss your interest and find out if you would be suitable. Supervisor details can be found on this topic page. The supervisor will guide you in developing the topic-specific research proposal, which will form part of your application.
  2. Click on the 'Apply here' button on this page and you will be taken to the relevant PhD course page, where you can apply using an online application.
  3. Complete the online application indicating your selected supervisor and include the research proposal for the topic you have selected.

Good luck!

This is a self funded topic

Brunel offers a number of funding options to research students that help cover the cost of their tuition fees, contribute to living expenses or both. See more information here: The UK Government is also offering Doctoral Student Loans for eligible students, and there is some funding available through the Research Councils. Many of our international students benefit from funding provided by their governments or employers. Brunel alumni enjoy tuition fee discounts of 15%.

Related Research Group(s)

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