Course information

School of Architecture

The School of Architecture at the University of Portsmouth provides an inspiring and challenging curriculum supported by collegiate staff with diverse experience, which encourages curiosity, experimentation and discovery within a student-centred learning environment.

School of Engineering

We are Enhanced Academic Partners of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) in recognition of over 25 years of continuous professional accreditation. We also offer courses which are accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED).

Department of Geography

The Department of Geography has a thriving postgraduate research programme and welcomes enquiries and applications from prospective full time and part time UK, EU and international PhD researchers. PhD researchers conduct independent and original research on a chosen topic.

PhD Supervision

Researchers of the Cluster for Sustainable Cities have successfully supervised a variety of interdisciplinary PhD studies in the field of sustainable architecture, construction, urbanism and socio-technical change and are happy to discuss proposals with potential candidates that connect to these fields.

PhD Students

Mr Stuart Dick

Area: Geography
Supervisory team:
• Dr Heather Rumble (urban ecology, 1st)
• Dr Nick Pepin (meterology, 2nd)
• Dr Scott Armbruster (ecology & biogeography, 3rd)

This PhD study focuses on exploring how extensive green roofs can be improved in terms of their biodiversity, looking particularly at the soil communities that are essential to plant growth; with the aim of developing practical biodiversity enhancement solutions that can be applied to new and existing green roofs.

Ms Monika Szopinski-Mularz

Area: Sustainable Architecture
Supervisory team:
• Prof Steffen Lehmann (sustainable cities, 1st)
• Dr Silvio Caputo (urban farming, 2nd)
• Dr Fabiano Lemes de Oliveira (green urbanism, 3rd)

This PhD study focuses on investigating new architectural strategies for growing food in the compact city. How can urban form, density and climate resilience transform neglected areas and support opportunities for productive public space?

Mr Nicholas Ardill

Area: Social Sustainability
Supervisory team:
• Dr Fabiano Lemes de Oliveira (urban design theory, 1st)
• Dr Silvio Caputo (urban farming, 2nd)
• Prof Steffen Lehmann (sustainable cities, 3rd)

This PhD study will investigate the impact of Places of Social Innovation (POSI) on the urban milieu. By looking at emerging landscapes of urban food production within the city, the aim is to explore: what is the actual impact of social innovation centred on urban food production on cities?

Ms Marianna Gardener

Area: Urban Design and Health
Supervisory team:
• Dr Fabiano Lemes (sustainable urban design, 1st)
• Prof Liz Twigg (Geography of health & well-being, 2nd)
• Dr Heather Rumble (urban ecology, 3rd)

This PhD study focuses on the juncture between and impact of urban design on health. It is concerned with whether there is a reason to believe there is a causal link between urban quality and health, and if so, how different environments may be altered in ways that improve health.

Mr Ali Yesitli

Area: Climate change & Urban Risk Management
Supervisory team:
• Dr Richard Teeuw (geomorphology & risk management, 1st)
• Dr Carmen Solana (risk communication & perception, 2nd)
• Dr Jessica Roberts (community resilience, 3rd)

This PhD study considers the likely impacts of climate change on coastal cities in the UK and Turkey. The focus is on anticipated areas of increased risk and public perception of those risks, examining preparedness activities for effective emergency response, using examples of good practice to develop mitigation and adaptation strategies.

Mr Guido Robazza

Area: Social Sustainability
Supervisory team:
• Dr Alessandro Melis (sustainable communities, 1st)
• Dr Fabiano Lemes de Oliveira (urban design theory, 2nd)
• Prof Steffen Lehmann (sustainable cities, 3rd)

This PhD study will examine how co-created temporary interventions in public space can support inclusive urban regeneration and analyse best practice of such interventions for the definition of a design toolkit.

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