PhD Opportunity: Environmental Perception and Engaged Citizen Science

Technological University Dublin

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  • Dublin, Ireland
    Technological University Dublin
    Jun 19, 2020

Supervisor name & contact details:

Name: Aoife Donnelly
School: Food Science and environmental health
Email: [email protected]

Research Centre Name and Website

School of Food Science and Environmental Health

Funding Arrangements

✓      Fully Funded

“GOGREEN ROUTES” (GO GREEN: Resilient Optimal Urban natural, Technological and Environmental Solutions). Please visit this page for further information:


Funding Agency

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 869764.

Funding Details

Student Stipend                  € 16,000 p.a.

Materials/ Travel etc         € 2,000 p.a.

Fees                                      € Covered

Subject Area

Environmental management, Nature based solutions, Citizen science.

Title of the Project

Environmental Perception and Engaged Citizen Science

“GOGREEN ROUTES” (GO GREEN: Resilient Optimal Urban natural, Technological and Environmental Solutions). Please visit this page for further information:

Project Description

This PhD studentship is being offered within the Horizon 2020 SC5-14-2019, Visionary and integrated solutions to improve well-being and health in cities, project framework “GOGREEN ROUTES”. The objective of GOGREEN ROUTES is to position European cities as world ambassadors of urban sustainability. GOGREEN ROUTES transdisciplinary consortium will pioneer a unique approach augmenting Nature-based solutions (NBS), urban design with the goal of fostering a positive human-nature relationship, flourishing nature connectedness and promoting citizen engagement through digital, educational and behavioural innovation.

NBS are innovations that are inspired and supported by nature, that simultaneously provide environmental, social and economic benefits and help to build resilience, especially in an urbanising society and in the face of increasing climate change pressure. These solutions bring more nature and natural features (e.g. green infrastructure) into cities to benefit health and well-being in addition to co-benefits for biodiversity, climate adaptation and resilience, and pollution attenuation. The role of this PhD will be to evaluate perceptions of the natural environment and contribute to the monitoring and evaluation of citizen science activities. GOGREEN ROUTES aims to re-conceptualise environmental quality and co-create a new index of urban green space-the EQ Index (EQI)-which will consider not just co-hazards but positive features of the natural environment (e.g. thermal comfort and good air quality). The role will contribute to the development of the EQI and also involve supporting the implementation of NBS online training tools to foster sustainability. 

A candidate must be highly motivated and have excellent research, writing, and communication skills, skills in qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, and some project management skills. As this is a large consortium project, each PhD candidate will have access to a large network of European researchers and practitioners and you will be expected to engage with them regularly. This offers the potential for networking with other early career researchers, gaining access to future career opportunities, as well as creating additional research funding proposals.

Student requirements for this project
Min. Requirement: 2.1 BSc/BA/BAI in Environmental health/Environmental engineering/Urban planning, Architecture, Landscape Architecture or related subject, alternatively Psychology or Health Science related degree (Hons).

Desirable: MSc in Environmental Science/Engineering, Urban Design and or Cognitive Psychology / Health or Sport and Exercise Psychology

Deadline to submit applications (only for funded projects)

17th July

If you are interested in submitting an application for this project, please complete an Expression of Interest and email it to [email protected]