This project aims to develop innovative new business models for Water companies in order to create resilient water supply networks. The research will focus on developing new ways for the Water industry to minimize risk and test out new intervention strategies in a manner that engages customers. Innovation, community engagement and a holistic approach to the water environment will be essential to build future resilient business models for the Water industry.
Some of the underpinning theories and ideas that are relevant to this project are: Soft Systems; System of Systems; Systems design and development methodologies, but the research is multi-disciplinary in nature and depending on the background of the student, other theories and approaches could be relevant.
It is expected that applicants will be interested in working in a multi-disciplinary environment with a strong interest in modelling; simulation and Systems Thinking. It is also expected that the candidate will be keen to work with industrial partners and interact with researchers and community participants from many different fields of expertise.
For more information contact:
Dr Donna Champion, Senior Lecturer in Information Systems
School of Business and Economics, Loughborough University
E Mail: [email protected]
Students must have a first or upper second class undergraduate degree or a relevant Masters qualification. This is a multi-disciplinary project so a wide range of degree disciplines would be relevant,Â Engineering, Business, Geography and Social Science degrees would all be appropriate.
This Graduate School studentship provides a tax free stipend of Â£13,726 per annum for a period of three years plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. Due to funding restrictions, the studentship is open to UK and EU applicants only. Non UK applicants must the minimum English language requirements, details available here: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/international/englang/index.htm
Details about the application process can be found by clicking the Apply link below.
Deadline for applications: 15 October 2013.Â
We are looking for a start in October 2013 or January 2014.