School of Computing and Engineering

Sustainable urbanisation in developing countries

Primary supervisor: Dr Charlie Fu

Start dates: January, May and September of each academic year

Duration: 3 years full-time or 5 years part-time

Research context

Research at the University of West London lives in an ecosystem of interdisciplinary research. This PhD position is based in the School of Computing and Engineering. This research focuses on the study of sustainable urbanisation in developing countries.

Many developing countries have had fast economic development in the last two decades associated with the development of globalisation. This has led to massive migration from rural to urban areas. The massive migration also brought in the rapid urbanisation in these countries. Meanwhile the shortage of essential urban infrastructure and resources and social injustice cause various environmental, social and economic problems in urban areas. This research will focus on the possibility and potential of easing these problems by innovative planning and land use methods and techniques.

Research goal

The main goal of this research is to identify the typical and special environmental social and economic issues in the urbanisation process of the studied countries, develop and test the innovative land-use planning and controlling methods and techniques to target and ease such problems. Case studies based on a review of the wide literature in such areas will be carried out in the selected countries and the experience of this study will form a unique contribution to the knowledge base of urbanisation in developing countries.

Candidate Profile

Applicants will be expected to hold a good first degree (first or upper second class) and a Masters degree (or equivalent) in Town Planning, Built Environment, Architecture, Civil Engineering, Social Studies or similar. Ideally applicants already have a good understanding of qualitative and quantitative research methods.

All applicants for whom English is not their first language must also demonstrate their English language proficiency through evidence of IELTS at overall 7 (with 6.5 in all four skills) or by providing access to MA/MSc chapters or published work.

Further Information

For general enquiries about the application process visit the Graduate School pages.

Questions regarding academic aspects of the project should be directed to