Learn With Us

Creating sustainable, desirable and liveable cities will require everyone involved in place making to keep learning, updating our skills, and helping to revitalise our imagination about how to use innovative and creatively new technology and the skills and assets of citizens.

PhD Studentships and research opportunities

We welcome talented individuals to study for PhDs with the Institute for Future Cities. You should have a strong academic background or equivalent professional experience and a driving interest in undertaking high quality research into the issues and opportunities for cities globally.

You are welcome to propose a topic of research but we would particularly welcome applicants in the areas of interest:

  • Sustainable and resilient development of cities in the developing world
  • Sustainable cities and  zero carbon cities.
  • Urban wetlands and communities
  • Net zero city centres and new economic models for the city centre
  • Repopulating the city centre
  • Smart cities and the use of data systems and analytics to support delivery, decision making, and policy development 
  • Reconnecting cities and citizens: new forms of community engagement and participation

In partnership with the University’s Centre for Sustainable Development, there are 50% funding for PhD studies available. Applications should be sent to IFC as soon as possible. Closing date is early February 2021.

If you are interesting in discussing a possible PhD topic with us, please contact Robert Rogerson ()


Current and Recent PhD research in Future Cities

Existing and recent doctoral students linked with the Institute for Future Cities include:

Donagh Horgan

Ifeoluwa Garba

Thomas Schoenberger –


Research assistant/intern

Many of our projects create opportunities for research assistants and interns to be involved in the research. Opportunities are published on the University vacancy webpage (see ) but if you are interested in undertaking an internship with the Institute, please contact Richard Bellingham ()

Further details of current intern opportunities are listed on our news page.

And if you would like to learn more about our projects and our activities, you can also follow us on twitter @iFutureCities