1 Year Enterprise-led Part Funded Masters by Research: Ref. No. 42

Exploration Concerning The Supply, Production, Demand, and Market for Straw Panel Buildings in the UK

Each year, 3 million tonnes of waste straw is produced in the UK – straw that could be utilised to build cheap, easily assembled buildings. In this 12 month Masters by research project you will examine the supply, production demand and potential market for buildings constructed from straw panels, and also help establish the potential to mechanise and automate their production in the UK.

Applicants should have a degree in business management, business analytics, entrepreneurship or marketing. You should also possess effective communication skills (to be able to engage with diverse businesses) and demonstrate experience and or skills in business analysis and engagement. An interest and knowledge/experience of product design and/or environmental sustainability would be desirable.

Enterprise and Collaborative Partners

This Masters project is a research collaboration between Lancaster University with supervision by Dr Lingxuan Liu and Bee Rowan of Strawbuild.  Strawbuild is a leading building and training social enterprise specialising in natural materials using enterprise and collaborative partners.  It is the UK lead partner in the acclaimed European pre-fabricated straw panel system Ecococon.

Why apply?

By joining the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation you will:
• Receive £15,000 tax free per year
• Have your postgraduate tuition fees part paid for by your partner business, worth £2,000. (N.B. Full fees for a Masters by research are set at £4,195 for UK/EU applicants and £17,510 for International applicants.)
• Become part of a cohort of graduates working with an award-winning team on business-led R&D
• Finish in a strong position to enter a competitive job market in the UK and overseas.

The post is subject to confirmation of funding.

Application deadline

13th August 2017

Start Date: September 2017

How to apply

To apply for this opportunity please email with:

The Centre for Global Eco-Innovation

This doctoral research project is one of a cohort of industry-led funded research projects from the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation, an international alliance supporting university-business collaboration. The Centre delivers high quality, business-led research to create eco-innovative technologies, products and services.

At the heart of the Centre are people who are researching, developing and innovating to address global challenges, including energy, water, natural capital, resource efficiency, food, and waste, to deliver economic, social and environmental benefits. Launched in 2012 the Centre and has won two national awards for its ground breaking approach to sustainable R&D and knowledge exchange.