Internet of things to support circular economy business models in the construction sector

Costain’s goal is to develop innovative, engineering based solutions across the UK’s energy, water and transportation infrastructures.

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Funding information

The successful candidate will receive a generous stipend of £18,000 per annum throughout this time (with potential to increase to c. £20,000 per annum after two years). Stipends are usually tax-free and DPs will also benefit from an additional £500 p.a. allowance for attendance at conferences etc. In addition to this, full-time tuition fees will be covered at the current Home/EU rate for the duration of the programme.


Circular economy has the potential to transform our industry through use of revolutionary material, business models and technologies. This project would contribute to Costain’s mission through the creation of opportunities to support circular economy business models delivered by Internet of Things.

The focus of this project will be to identify key areas for Costain’s industry to accelerate the transition towards a circular economy and to develop trials to put these theories into practice. The successful candidate will work with the various stakeholders in the business to assess the lifecycle needs, both in terms of the contract and assets, to research the use of IoT in the infrastructure sectors. This will include detailed analysis and recommendations on the economic value that can be derived from a circular model.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants are expected to hold a first or upper-second class degree in a relevant discipline (or equivalent overseas qualification), or a lower second plus a good Masters degree (distinction normally required).

How to apply

Prior to application please contact Mrs Deidre Richardson, for an information pack that will include:

  • A Project Brief
  • Information about the Centre for Environment and Sustainability
  • Details of the Practitioner Doctorate in Sustainability programme
  • Specific application instructions

Formal applications should be submitted through our Practitioner Doctorate in Sustainability course page.

You should make clear in your application that you are applying for the Costain studentship.

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Walter Wehrmeyer
04A AA 02
Telephone: +44 (0)1483 689075

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