UCL Urban Laboratory


Urban Studies, Transport and Architectural Space ESRC DTP pathway

30 November 2016

The Urban Studies, Transport and Architectural Space pathway is one of 25 pathways that comprise the UCL, Bloomsbury and East London Doctoral Training Partnership (UBEL DTP) involving UCL, SOAS, Birkbeck College, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the University of East London.

The Urban Studies, Transport and Architectural Space pathway is comprised of four departments and centres at UCL: the Urban Laboratory, the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA), the Space Syntax Laboratory and the Transport Institute. The pathway undertakes methodologically innovative, cross-disciplinary research into cities, the built environment and complex urban socio-spatial phenomena. It has six intersecting main areas of activity that directs its research:

  1. Housing and spatial justice
  2. Transport and mobility
  3. Ecology, health and metabolism
  4. Change and crisis
  5. Imagination, design and architectural space
  6. Data and places

Applications are invited for entry onto our 1+3 and +3 PhD programmes starting in September 2017. ESRC funding, available on a competitive basis, is normally available only for UK Home students (fees & subsistence) and EU students (fees only). Registration can be on either a full-time or part-time basis. Ascertain your eligibility to hold an ESRC studentship here.

Your proposed research project needs to fall under the specific remit of the ESRC, please see here.

How to apply:

In the first instance, interested students should contact the relevant pathway team member to discuss their research projects, check whether you need to apply to the 1+3 route if you do not have relevant MSc relevant methods training, and to seek advice on prospective supervisors (see here for initial list):

UCL Urban Laboratory; MSc Urban Studies: Dr Andrew Harris andrew.harris@ucl.ac.uk or (after 23 Dec) Dr Pushpa Arabindoo p.arabindoo@ucl.ac.uk

UCL CASA; MSc Smart Cities and Urban Analytics, MSc Spatial Data Science and Visualisation - Dr Ed Manley ed.manley@ucl.ac.uk

UCL Space Syntax; MSc Spatial Design: Architecture and Cities - Professor Laura Vaughan l.vaughan@ucl.ac.uk

UCL Transport Institute; MSc Transport Planning, MSc Transport - Dr Nicola Christie <nicola.christie@ucl.ac.uk>

In consultation with prospective supervisors, please send an expression of interest to this member of the pathway's team by 6 January 2017. This should include:

  • Completion of preliminary details about your application using this form
  • Two-page draft title and research proposal. Document format: A4 pages, 1.5cm margins, minimum 10pt single-spaced, Arial font.
  • Your proposal should briefly explain any ideas you have for developing collaboration with non-academic partners and realising impact beyond academia.

Prospective students are also encouraged to apply for admission onto a UCL MSc or PhD programme. This is a separate process to the UBEL DTP application. Applications to MSc/PhD programmes should be made through UCL's Postgraduate Application System. PhD applications should proceed only after contacting a prospective supervisor who agrees to acts as Primary Supervisor.


The pathway team will review these submissions by 13 January 2017 and if successful contact you to make a full application by 27 January 2017. These will then be sent by 1 February 2017 for review by the Cities, Environment and Development group within the DTP, with final decisions on awards by DTP board expected in mid-April 2017

Any overall questions about this process, please contact Andrew Harris (until 23 December) or Ed Manley (after 23 December).