A systems approach asks engineers, scientists, stakeholders and local communities to work together to look at the bigger picture; explore different perspectives on the sustainability issues being tackled; appreciate the potential interactions between ecological, social, economic and technological aspirations;
The Universities are collaborating on a research programme to see whether a new approach to sustainability engineering – a systems approach – can prevent these kind of problems from arising.
Students will spend their first year in Hull, where they will undertake research training, gain a deeper appreciation of the literature relevant to their research, and further develop their research proposal. They will then spend their second year in Melbourne undertaking fieldwork or an in-depth study on a sustainability issue of their choice, before returning to Hull to finish writing up in their third year.
Applicants wishing to undertake systemic action research projects, quantitative studies, qualitative research and/or purely theoretical explorations are all encouraged to apply. Please see the Hull University Business School guidelines for completing a PhD application:
The application form is a generic one for all the University of Hull’s PhD programmes, so interested applicants should specify ‘Hull/Melbourne PhD on Systems Thinking and Sustainability Engineering’
Notes to Editors:
There are currently 4 Business School Scholarships:
and 7 University Scholarships available: