Director of Architectural Research in the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Dr Lindsay Bremner, was awarded a 2015 ERC Starting Grant of €1.5million for her research proposal.
Monsoon Assemblages invites PhD proposals from the spatial design and/or environmental humanities disciplines that take up what it might mean to think about monsoons, not as systems to climate-proof against, but rather to co-design buildings, infrastructure, and cities with, in Chennai, Delhi or Dhaka. In these cities, extreme weather events, all attributed to the monsoon’s capricious nature, have led to the increasing frequency of water shortages, power failures, floods, disease outbreaks, damage to property and loss of life.
Speaking about the aims of the project, Dr Bremner said: “The project aims to shift conceptions and understandings of the monsoon as a natural meteorological system; to deliver a groundbreaking new approach to the design of cities by treating the monsoon as an organising principle of urban life, not an external threat; to assess the potential impact of this approach for urban policy, planning and infrastructure investment; to assess the new political, theoretical and representational agendas for the spatial design disciplines and the environmental humanities this opens up; and to engage critically with the climate change adaption paradigm through the innovative idea of climate co-production.”
A maximum of two proposals will be selected for full funding, from either an environmental humanity or a spatial design discipline. This includes four-year long PhD studentships, and full fee waivers from the University of Westminster. Eligible candidates will hold at least an upper second class honours BA degree and preferably a Master’s degree.
The University of Westminster is one of the UK's leading centres for the study of Architecture and the Built Environment, with 20 per cent of the research in the faculty judged as ‘world-leading’ and 45 per cent judged as ‘internationally excellent’.