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Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I am open to PhD applications in the fields of: - Sustainable energy and environmental systems - The circular economy for energy and materials - Biogas, biomass and biofuels - Energy, carbon and environmental life cycle assessment


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  • Biogas, biomass and biofuels
  • Energy and carbon life cycle assessment
  • Sustainable energy systems
  • Resource mapping and quantification
  • Energy from waste
  • Land use and food vs fuel
  • Direct and indirect effects of biofuels
  • Energy, emissions and agricultural policy


Beatrice is a lecturer in the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Queen’s University Belfast, and is part of the Clean Energies Research Group. Her research is focused on the production and use of biomethane as a renewable fuel. Specific areas of work include analysis and optimisation of energy pathways, resource quantification and mapping, energy and carbon life cycle analyses, land use change and economic assessment. The interplay between systems is another area of interest, with topics such as the use of energy crops for wastewater treatment and the impact of alternative fuels on urban air quality currently under investigation. Prior to moving to Queen’s in 2013, Beatrice worked in both the public and private sectors, mainly in energy/carbon management and in geotechnical and environmental engineering.


Stage 4 - Nuclear Engineering

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Research Output

Acceptable or weird? Exploring environmentalists’, students’ and the general public’s perceptions of bio-based plastics

Mehta, N., Cunningham, E., Roy, D., Cathcart, A., Dempster, M., Berry, E. & Smyth, B., 31 Jan 2020, (Accepted) Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  • Is the Fischer-Tropsch Conversion of Biogas-Derived Syngas to Liquid Fuels Feasible at Atmospheric Pressure?

    Hakawati, R., Smyth, B., Daly, H., McCullough, G. & Rooney, D., 16 Mar 2019, In : Energies. 12, 6, 28 p., 1031.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
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    Quantifying the Life Cycle Impacts of Low Emission Bus Incentives on Alternative Bus Fleets

    Harris, A., Soban, D., Smyth, B. & Best, R., Sep 2019.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

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    Advancing Creative Circular Economies for Plastics via Technological-Social Transitions (ACCEPT Transitions)

    Beatrice Smyth (Presenter), , Eoin Cunningham (Contributor), & Neha Mehta (Presenter)

    02 Aug 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Plastic plastic everywhere but not any fish in the ocean

    Neha Mehta (Speaker), , Eoin Cunningham (Contributor), & Beatrice Smyth (Contributor)

    18 Sep 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation


    Bioplastics - what are your opinions? - Focus Group

    Neha Mehta (Organiser), , Eoin Cunningham (Participant), & Beatrice Smyth (Participant)

    24 Sep 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    Development of self sufficient microhome

    John Hermon (Advisor), , Beatrice Smyth (Advisor), & Daniel McPolin (Advisor)

    Feb 2018Feb 2020

    Activity: Consultancy typesKTP & Consultancy in kind

    ATBEST International Conference: Biogas for the future - towards a sustainable and efficient supply chain

    Beatrice Smyth (Member of scientific committee)


    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference