School of Engineering


Water Infrastructure and Resilience (WIRe) CDT


WIRe EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Water Infrastructure and Resilience

60 UK and EU PhD Students are to be funded over the next five years. Minimum entry requirements equivalent to a UK upper second class degree (2.1) and preferably an MSc in a relevant subject.

You will:

  • tackle critical issues associated with our water infrastructure to make them more resilient to the effects of climate change, population growth, changing water quality and regulatory pressures
  • develop solutions that consider the complexity of water infrastructure through whole systems thinking
  • work on PhD projects that have been co-created with end-user partners
  • undertake an industrial placement and an overseas placement
  • receive hands-on training using large scale, experimental facilities
  • receive a stipend of £19,000 per year (with fees paid) for eligible students (UK and EU)

WIRe Programme Handbook 2019-20 (PDF: 2.6MB)

 Why this CDT?

  • develop multi-disciplinary skills
  • deliver cutting edge research with industry partners
  • access to outstanding, world leading experimental facilities:
  • develop effective communication strategies to disseminate your research
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WIRe is delivered by three academic centres of excellence, EPSRC and leading industrial partners from the water sector.
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Academic Colleagues

WIRe Staff

Dr Jaime Amezaga
Reader in Environmental Sustainability

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 4876

Professor Thomas Curtis
Professor of Environmental Engineering

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6690

Justine Easten
SAgE Faculty EPSRC CDT Manager

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6034

Vassilis Glenis
Lecturer in Hydroinformatics

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6413

Professor Chris Kilsby
Professor of Hydrology and Climate Change

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5614

Dr Brian Thomas
Senior Lecturer in Hydrology


Dr Claire Walsh
Senior Lecturer

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6447



Meet our current PhD students.

CDT End-User Partners

Centred around unique and world leading water infrastructure facilities, and building on an internationally renowned research consortium (Cranfield University, The University of Sheffield and Newcastle University), the CDT will produce scientists and engineers to deliver the innovative and disruptive thinking for a resilient water infrastructure future. This will be achieved through delivery of an inspirational and relevant and end user-led training programme for researchers.

Being a PhD student in the WIRe programme is a special and unique experience, offering opportunities beyond most doctoral training. In return you will need to be fully committed to the CDT, attending an induction semester at Cranfield University (all students), a transferable skills programme and a Summer Challenge (locations to be confirmed).

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