PhD Studentship: E-Drone: Transforming the Energy Demand of Supply Chains through Integrated UAV to-land Logistics for 2030

Faculty of Bournemouth University Business School (previously Faculty of Management)

Funding Amount: £15,225 maintenance grant per annum

Lead Supervisor Name: Janet Dickinson ([email protected])

Project Description

E-Drone is an EPSRC funded project that seeks to examine the energy reduction potential of logistics solutions involving unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) operating alongside sustainable last-mile delivery solutions (cargo cycles and walking porters via micro-consolidation points). This involves understanding UAV operations in airspace shared with manned aircraft. The project focuses on a case study and trials based around NHS pathology sample transportation in the Solent region.

This PhD studentship is aligned to the E-Drone project and will focus predominantly on understanding stakeholder concerns about UAVs. This is anticipated to involve stakeholder interviews/questionnaires and analysis of contemporary media to explore representations of UAVs in order to understand public concerns and determine how they empower or constrain pathways to adoption.

The PhD studentship specifically responds to calls for more profound understanding of how people frame autonomous vehicles, especially UAVs given current reputational damage from rogue use, and a need for stakeholders and the wider public to interact with realistic UAV use settings to inform guidance on the design and use of integrated logistics facilities.

The successful candidate will gain experience of working with an interdisciplinary research team, commercial partners and public sector organisations tackling an important contemporary challenge. There will be opportunities for involvement in a live UAV trial, to publish with the team, present findings at conferences and gain experience of other dissemination and knowledge exchange activities.

The successful candidate will have a social science background and the ability to travel within the UK and overseas. Experience in the transport field and skills in interview and questionnaire methods are desirable. 

What does the funded studentship include?

Funded candidates will receive a maintenance grant of £15,225 per annum (unless otherwise specified), to cover their living expenses and have their fees waived for 36 months. In addition, research costs, including field work and conference attendance, will be met. 

Funded Studentships are open to both UK/EU and International students unless otherwise specified.

This project is conditional upon the funding being secured.

Eligibility criteria 

Candidates for a PhD Studentship should demonstrate outstanding qualities and be motivated to complete a PhD in 4 years and must demonstrate:

  • Outstanding academic potential as measured normally by either a 1st class honours degree (or equivalent Grade Point Average (GPA) or a Master’s degree with distinction or equivalent
  • An IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 minimum (with a minimum 6.0 in each component, or equivalent) for candidates for whom English is not their first language and this must be evidenced at point of application. 

Closing date: 13 January 2021.

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