Full time/ fully funded PhD Studentship in Computing for Sustainability

We’re looking for outstanding students with a passion for exploring how computing can promote environmental sustainability to join our group! Funding for up to 3.5 years, commencing October 2017. Still open for academic year 2017.

Addressing major societal challenges including rising energy demand and resiliency in the face of environmental change, will require massive transformations in how we use energy and resources.

The energy impacts of IT systems is increasingly significant to the planet, and these impacts are increasing exponentially. How can we understand and transform this energy footprint? Smart environments offer considerable potential for rethinking how and when energy is used to support everyday life. How can we shift and reshape energy demands in the home or be used to support better but lower energy ways of living?

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Full time/ fully funded PhD Studentship in Computer Science (Supporting Adaptive Thermal Comfort)

We’re looking for outstanding computer-scientist, environmental scientist or human-geographer with a passion for promoting environmental sustainability and commercial innovation to join our group!  Funding for 3 years, commencing October 2017. Closes 6th August.

Energy used for heating represents over 50% of domestic energy use in UK, and has increased by 1/3rd in the past 40 years.  To respond to our climate change commitments, we must radically reduce the amount of energy associated with heating and cooling buildings.  Current systems do not work in harmony with outdoor temperatures, and are not responsive to occupants or the actual use of indoor space.

This PhD studentship represents a unique opportunity to help create systems to systematically explore an entirely different approach to controlling indoor temperature based on a networked mesh of fine-grained sensors/ controllers.  We will be creating experimental testbeds, innovative control and UI systems and working with stakeholders on an entire building scale, to explore this issue ‘in situ’.

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Limits to the sharing economy?

There has been much interest in the Sharing Economy in recent years, accompanied with the hope that it will change and specifically make better use of existing resources. From a sustainability point of view,  sharing of resources is good, surely? It could even be said that the Sharing Economy ought to align well with Computing within Limits and its underlying premises. In this paper with Daniel Pargman and Elina Eriksson at KTH, however, we take a critical stance and will elaborate on the intersection between the Sharing Economy and Limits. Download The paper in PDF format.

Food Design for Sustainability workshop at the Design Research Society 50th Anniversary Conference, Brighton, 27th July, 2016

Just shy of 1/3rd of our global carbon footprint is food related. Up to 1/3 of the food purchased in the developed world is wasted by the consumer. Approximately 60% of the adult population in the USA, UK and Australia is overweight or obese – with no signs of this trend decreasing.

Selection of low impact foods, available to discuss and eat during the workshop!

Selection of low impact foods, available to discuss and eat during the workshop!

Check out our Food Design for sustainability workshop at DRS this year. Also, you can find the engagement cards and food impact data sheets we used and built on during the workshop.