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Up to 25 #PhD scholarships @nclceser #infrastructure #flooding #urban #sustainability (Fri, 07 Mar 2014 17:45:18 +0000)

Newcastle University has 25 PhD scholarships available to excellent students.  The funding is available across all research areas of science and engineering – but Earth Systems Engineering has been identified as a priority theme. CESER encourage applications across any relevant … Continue reading

#ibuild Deputy Director Andy Pike gives oral evidence to @CommonsCLG Communities and Local Government Select Committee (Wed, 05 Feb 2014 16:29:04 +0000)

On Monday 3 February 2014, Professor Andy Pike, Director of CURDS, gave oral evidence to the House of Commons Communities and Local Government Select Committee Inquiry into Fiscal Devolution to Cities and City Regions. The second oral evidence session examined … Continue reading

@timeshighered rate Newcastle University – home of CESER – as a top place to work (Wed, 05 Feb 2014 09:36:22 +0000)

The Times Higher Education magazine has published an independent survey sharing the views of university staff working at 150 higher education institutions, across the country. They analysed the views of thousands of people to find out what we really think … Continue reading

Funded #ibuild #PhD – Securing Private Sector Investment in Public Infrastructure: An International Comparative Analysis (Tue, 04 Feb 2014 17:14:11 +0000)

Reference Code: GPS11 Closing Date: 5th February 2014 Details: Name of the Supervisors Professor Andy Pike, Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS) Dr Oliver Heidrich, School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences (CEGS) Dr Jane Gibbon, Newcastle University Business … Continue reading

Outstanding #sustainability #PhD scholarships available (Mon, 03 Feb 2014 15:05:27 +0000)

Applications are open for three generous PhD scholarships through the Newcastle Institute for Research on Sustainability.  The PhD topic can be anything that fits within the institute’s broad research programme. Applicant’s should visit here to download the relevant application forms: and … Continue reading

‘Natural’ engineering offers solution against future #flooding (Mon, 03 Feb 2014 12:20:03 +0000)

Back-to-nature flood schemes which use the land’s natural defences to slow river flow and reduce flooding could be a cost-effective way of tackling one of the biggest problems facing the UK today. The schemes – which include capturing flow upstream … Continue reading

CESER director receives new #wearefairphone – a new business model for mobile phones? (Sun, 02 Feb 2014 22:52:34 +0000)

I would not normally consider the arrival of a new phone to be newsworthy.  However, this one is different – the team behind it have developed a high-performance smartphone that has sought to place social and environmental values at its core without … Continue reading

@nclceser collaborators @SMART_facility release their #smartgreenpaper outlining #infrastructure imperatives for Australia (Tue, 28 Jan 2014 12:22:40 +0000)

As in the UK, Australia is seeking to extract more value for each infrastructure dollar invested.  SMART have identified a number of recommendations based upon three infrastructure imperatives: Establish an Australian Infrastructure Market Enhance attractiveness of infrastructure for private funding … Continue reading

Enda O’Connell, #ceser researcher, calls on ministers to show greater leadership on #flooding (Fri, 17 Jan 2014 14:41:49 +0000)

Professor Enda O’Connell calls on ministers to show greater leadership on flooding.   Morning Reports (BBC, Radio5Live) Professor Enda O’Connell, who leads much of the CESER research on catchment systems, discusses the need for a “portfolio of flood prevention strategies” to … Continue reading

Research job #iBUILD and #CESER #infrastructure #systems modeller (Fri, 20 Dec 2013 11:27:41 +0000)

iBUILD (Infrastructure BUsiness models, valuation and Innovation for Local Delivery) is a major EPSRC and ESRC funded research programme to improve the delivery of infrastructure systems and their services they provide.  iBUILD focuses on urban infrastructure where interdependencies between infrastructures, … Continue reading

Symposium on #urban #integration funded by @COSTOffice (Fri, 20 Dec 2013 11:23:42 +0000)

CESER and the members of COST Action TU0902 (Integrated Assessment for Urban Sustainability) are delighted to announce a symposium on Urban Integration 2014, which will take place 6-7th March 2014 in Sheffield, UK. This two day symposium will explore … Continue reading

Special Issue on Earth Systems Engineering published – #infrastructure #water #cities #sociotechnical #systems (Tue, 01 Oct 2013 12:02:12 +0000)

A special issue on Earth Systems Engineering, following from the successful ESE2012 symposium that was held in Newcastle, has now been published in ‘Engineering Sustainability’ Volume 166, Issue 5 – you can view and download the papers, including the editorial by Richard … Continue reading

@CommonsPAC report on @DCMS #broadband rollout highlight need for #iBUILD #infrastructure research (Thu, 26 Sep 2013 13:11:34 +0000)

Two recent reports by the Public Accounts Committee highlight the important role the CESER led iBUILD Infrastructure Business Models Research Centre has to play in facilitating infrastructure delivery. The first, on Integration across government and Whole-Place Community Budgets highlights the benefits … Continue reading

Richard Dawson, Director of #CESER named as member of #uccrn team – international researchers tackling #urban #climate challenges (Sat, 21 Sep 2013 14:22:39 +0000)

Professor Richard Dawson, Director of the Centre for Earth Systems Engineering Research named to the Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN) - a team of international climate scientists pledged to help cities. Professor Richard Dawson has been named a key member … Continue reading

Newcastle Launch: Infrastructure BUsiness models, valuation and Innovation for Local Delivery (Wed, 18 Sep 2013 14:19:02 +0000)

iBUILD is a £3.5m programme, funded by two UK research councils, following a request in the 2011 National Infrastructure Plan.  The programme is led by Professor Richard Dawson at Newcastle University. iBUILD focuses on local and urban infrastructure, and … Continue reading

SHOCK Project Dissemination Event (Wed, 18 Sep 2013 14:17:53 +0000)

SHOCK (NOT) HORROR is an EPSRC-funded project that, over the past two years, has been looking at how ‘shock’ events can provide opportunities for learning about and transformation of infrastructure systems. On Friday 22 November (10am to 4pm) we will … Continue reading

What an Asteroid Belter! (Fri, 13 Sep 2013 08:36:09 +0000)

As part of the British Science Festival 2013 being hosted at Newcastle University, researchers, staff, lecturers and students were invited to contribute to a comic being developed and designed by local comic enthusiasts. The comic was officially targeting children between … Continue reading

Students flood to measure the BlueLine (Fri, 13 Sep 2013 08:33:17 +0000)

The hosting of the British Science Festival 2013 by Newcastle University gave staff and researchers of the School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences a chance to “show off”  some of their research to the general public, whilst also gave the … Continue reading

@BritishSciFest CESER researchers at the British Science Festival (Sat, 07 Sep 2013 19:48:30 +0000)

This week the British Science Festival is being held in Newcastle. CESER researchers are involved in a number of activities: David Alderson and Hayley Fowler have both contributed to the Newcastle Science Comic. David worked with Terry Wiley to produce … Continue reading

Luke Smith: best paper by a young author at the International Conference on Flood Resilience #ICFR (Sat, 07 Sep 2013 18:40:40 +0000)

Luke Smith won best paper by a young author at the International Conference on Flood Resilience held at the University of Exeter this week. Luke’s paper, ‘A flexible hydrodynamic modelling framework for GPUs and CPUs: application to the Carlisle 2005 … Continue reading