EPSRC and SFI Centre for Doctoral Training in

Energy Resilience and the Built Environment

EPSRC and SFI Centre for Doctoral Training in

Energy Resilience and the Built Environment

EPSRC and SFI Centre for Doctoral Training in Energy Resilience and the Built Environment

Fully-funded four-year PhD studentship at Loughborough University: Sleep in a warming world

Good quality sleep is important to our productivity, well-being and health. As the earth warms, elevated night-time temperatures threaten our ability to sleep. The problem is exacerbated in cities where the urban heat island further elevates temperatures, and where noise, pollution and security concerns reduce our willingness to open windows for ventilation.

This project will explore existing data sets to understand the incidence of elevated night-time temperatures and how conventional overheating metrics define the incidence of overheating. Then, and depending on this analysis, sleep quality during the summer in UK homes will be recorded and new criteria derived which more reliably indicate the actual incidence of reported sleep deprivation.


Prof Kevin Lomas


12th July 2020

Entry requirements

Applications are invited from graduates with a good bachelor’s degree (1st or 2:1) and/or a master’s degree in one of the following areas: physics, mathematics, engineering, chemistry, natural sciences, materials science, data analytics, computer science, statistics, psychology, social science, architecture or other building and energy-related disciplines.

Funding notes

If you are an eligible UK or EU applicant, you will receive a stipend which is tax free, plus UK/EU fees for four years (conditions apply). The stipend at Loughborough University will be at least £15,285 (exact amount to be confirmed).

We also accept applications from students who wish to self-fund, are in receipt of an independent scholarships or who are fully industry-funded; this must be indicated clearly on your application.

How to apply

Please click here to apply. This document will help you though the application process: Guide to applications through the Loughborough University portal. In your application quote reference: ERBE20. Mention the Project Title in your application.

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