PhD project

Nature-based solutions for mitigation of debris flow impacts

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Application deadline

31 January 2023

This project will support our ongoing research to develop nature-based, low-cost, low-carbon approaches to improve the resilience of infrastructure impacted by debris flows. Specifically, the project will consider dense planting of arrays of trees as natural baffles to slow or stop debris flows.  A combination of novel coupled DEM-FEM numerical simulation and physical scaled flume tests will be used to optimise planting strategies and develop simplified approaches for design.  This will build on a recently completed CSC PhD that developed methods for simulating individual tree behaviour in physical and numerical models.

How to apply

  1. Email Professor Jonathan Knappett to:
    1. Send a copy of your CV
    2. Discuss your potential application and any practicalities (e.g. suitable start date).
  2. After discussion with Professor Jonathan Knappett, formal applications can be made via our direct application system.


Apply for the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Civil Engineering


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PhD funding

The Chinese Scholarship Council provides opportunities for Chinese Students to undertake a PhD programme in any research field at the School of Life Sciences and the School of Science and Engineering. Successful applicants will receive support to enter the China Scholarship Council (CSC) competition scheme.

Funding eligibility: China