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Sustainable Development - Research

This programme is a UCD Urban Institute Ireland (UII) initiative with support from three UCD Schools:

The UCD School of Architecture, Landscape and Civil Engineering

The UCD School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Policy

The UCD School of Biology and Environmental Science

This is a four year programme following the UCD Structured PhD Framework,incorporating taught modules and a research internship, followed by a program of original research leading to the award of Doctoral (or Masters) degrees by research. The programme began in the academic year 2008/09 and there are currently 10 PhD students under the programme in the UII.

The existing PhD Programme in Sustainable Development was extended in 2009/2010 to include collaboration with TrinityHaus in Trinity College Dublin (TCD), where there are 3 additional PhD students.

Entry requirements

Who is the programme aimed at?
The PhD programme in Sustainable Development will produce graduates who are trained to apply technical and policy tools from different disciplines to complex problems for which there is no known solution. The programme is aimed at prospective postgraduate researchers from a range of disciplines who wish to pursue interdisciplinary research related to the challenges of Sustainable Development. This includes but is not limited to graduates from the following disciplinary backgrounds:

Human & Social Sciences
Life Sciences


3 years full-time.

Further enquiries

For queries please contact;
PhD Programme Administrator,
UCD Urban Institute Ireland,
University College Dublin,
Richview, Belfield,
Dublin 4,
Tel: +353 1 716 2721
Fax: +353 1 716 2690

Research areas

Research projects will generally be drawn from the major clusters of Sustainable Development research:

Biodiversity & Climate Change (UCD)
Energy Efficient Build and District (TCD)
Environmental Policy Analysis (UCD)
Planning and Land Use (UCD)
Sustainable Water Management (UCD)
Transportation & Infrastructure (UCD)

Prospective researchers are also encouraged to contact (relevant) potential supervisors with proposals for research.

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