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Analytical & Environmental Sciences

Characterising Non-Road Mobile Machinery Emissions through Portable Emissions Testing and Emissions Inventory Development

Research division: Analytical and Environmental Sciences
Supervisors: Dr David Green, Dr Sean Beevers
Sponsor: London Low Emission Construction Partnership
Study mode: Full time for 3 years
Stipend: £16,296
Eligibility: Home/EU/Overseas - see further details below
Application closing date: The deadline for this studentship has now passed
Start date: 1 October 2016
Reference: 2016/AES/S01

The project
Current emissions inventories estimate that Non-Road Mobile Machinery (NRMM) contributes approximately 10% of the NOX and PM10 emissions within London. However, there is a large uncertainty in this estimate as very few real-world emission measurements have been made of these sources, instead relying on engine test beds and activity estimates have been based on simplified assessments of construction activity. This project aims to address both of these aspects by undertaking state-of-the-art Portable Emissions Measurement System (PEMS) tests on NRMM machinery and utilising the latest information available through London’s NRMM register to assess the fleet activity. An opportunity also exists to test innovative emissions abatement solutions to provide policy-relevant scenario testing for emissions abatement. Applications are invited for this 3 year PhD studentship which is funded by the London Low Emission Construction Partnership ( and will be based at King’s College London in the Environmental Research Group where the student will work with experts in emissions inventories and ambient and emissions measurements from the construction sector. The industrial partner, Emissions Analytics (, will provide in depth training in the use of PEMS equipment, first on the established automobile fleet before progressing to investigate its use on NRMM. The Greater London Authority and TfL will provide input the requirements of emissions inventories to develop policy scenarios.


Home/EU and Overseas candidates are invited to apply. The studentship offers an annual stipend of £16,296 and Home/EU tuition fees will be met. Overseas candidates will be required to fund the difference between Home/EU and Overseas tuition fees.

Entry requirements

Students must have a first degree (2:1) ideally in a science or engineering. The selected candidate will have an interest in public health and the environment. 


The award holder will have access to a wide range of training and personal development courses offered by the King’s College London Graduate School. There is also a weekly journal club for discussing air pollution science papers and frequent seminars on air pollution science, epidemiology and biostatistics. 

How to apply

You should apply for admission to the MPhil/PhD in Analytical & Environmental Sciences programme and applications should be submitted to King's via the King's online admissions portal . All applications must be submitted and be complete by the application deadline of 17:00 GMT 8 July 2016. To be considered complete, the admissions application must include two references, and academic transcripts. It will be the applicant's responsibility to ensure that their references and transcripts are submitted to the College on time. 

Further information

For further information or enquiries, please contact Dr David Green at

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