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  3. Research areas
  4. Design
  5. Sustainable design

Sustainable design

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Research is undertaken in:

  • Design of products and services, including user-friendly eco-design
  • Energy systems development, policy and strategy
  • Energy efficiency and conservation in buildings
  • Sustainable transport designs and transport policies
  • Use and transport modelling
  • Design for reduced environmental impact
  • Efficient design of buildings and urban environments.

Qualifications available:

PhD or MPhil


For detailed information on current fees visit Fees and funding.

Entry requirements:

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent)

Potential research projects

We welcome applications for research projects; please contact us to discuss the suitability of your research interests.

Potential supervisors

  • Dr Sally Caird
  • Dr Mathew Cook
  • Dr Emma Dewberry
  • Dr Claudia Eckert
  • Dr Stephen Peake
  • Professor Stephen Potter
  • Professor Robin Roy

Further information

If you have an enquiry specific to this research area please contact:

Dr Emma Dewberry
+44 (0)1908 332940

For general enquiries please contact the Research Degrees Team via the link under ‘Your questions’ on the right of the page.