Food-Energy-Water Nexus in the Context of Global Change: Simulation and Inter-comparison (SUSTech candidates only)


Please contact Professor Joseph Holden (Leeds) or Professor Junguo Liu (SUSTech) to discuss this project further informally.

Project description

The project aims to examine and compare the Food-Energy-Water (FEW) nexus between China and the United States (U.S.), and integrate an array of systems analyses and modeling approaches from domains such as hydrology, agriculture, energy, climate and environmental science. The Jing-Jin-Ji area (i.e., Beijing, Tianjin, and Hebei) in northeast China and the state of California in U.S. will be the two study areas, for which results would be compared and contrasted. By integrating the most cutting-edge modeling techniques, FEW models would be utilized to investigate the effects of agricultural irrigation on crop yield, energy requirements and groundwater use, in the context of climate change and human activities. The findings would significantly advance our current understanding of the FEW nexus in coupled human and natural systems, and provide a scientific-basis for improving efficiency and sustainability in regional FEW use.

Key benefits

This project is available as part of the Leeds-SUSTech Split-Site PhD Programme

Entry requirements

Applications are invited from candidates with or expecting a minimum equivalent of a UK upper second class honours degree (2:1), and/or a Master's degree in the relevant subject area.

If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University’s minimum English Language requirements.

How to apply

Applications should be submitted via SUSTech in the first instance. Following nomination by SUSTech, formal applications for Split-site research degree study should then be made online through the University of Leeds website.

If you require any further information about the application process please contact Jacqui Manton e: