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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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  • Environmenta life cycle assessment
  • Circular economy
  • Sustainable fuel, food and fibre systems
  • Food-energy-water nexus
  • Biogas, biomass and biofuels
  • Biomaterials, biopolymers and plastics in the circular economy
  • Microplastics in drinking water
  • Resource mapping and quantification


Dr Beatrice Smyth is a senior lecturer in the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Queen’s University Belfast, and is part of the Research Centre in Sustainable Energy. Her research is focused on environmental impacts and circular economy thinking, and specific areas of interest include energy and carbon life cycle analyses, optimisation of energy pathways, resource quantification and mapping, and economic assessment. Ongoing research projects include nutrient management of digestate combined with energy recovery, the use of short rotation coppice willow to reduce agricultural run-off and improve water quality, sustainability indicators for food, hydrogen for heavy duty transport, microplastic pollution in drinking water, and the sustainable use of plastics in a circular economy. 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. Beatrice has wide experience in working in multi-disciplinary teams, with colleagues from psychology, management, public health, politics and sociology.


2017/18-present: MSc Sustainable Energy Systems (Lecturer)

2020/21-present: PGCert Applied Renewable Energy and Low Carbon Technologies (Lecturer)

2013/14-present: Stage 3/Stage 4/MSc Final Year Project/Dissertation (Module Coordinator and Supervisor)

2012/13-2016/17: Stage 4/MSc Nuclear Engineering (Module Coordinator and Lecturer)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


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