PhD Students

As part of Professor Julieanna Powell-Turner’s role at University of Chester, outside of her ERDF commitments, she supervises a number of PhD students. Although not part of our ERDF funding, they play a role in environmental research at the University.

Zahida Siddiqui

Zahida Siddiqui

PhD Research Student

Zahida Siddiqui has recently joined the Centre for Research into Environmental Science and Technology (CREST) at the University Centre Shrewsbury as a visiting PhD research fellow. Zahida is an Economist through and through having undertaken her first and second degrees in Economics.  Her MPhil was undertaken at the International Islamic University, Pakistan, and her MSc from the University of Kotli Azad Jammu, Kashmir. Whilst at UCS, Zahida is undertaking her PhD research under the supervision of  Prof Julieanna Powell-Turner (Director of CREST) around the role of green-tech expansion in Pakistan – does it enhance economic growth whilst reducing co2 emissions? 

Ryan Gunning

Ryan Gunning

PhD Research Student

Ryan has joined CREST as a PhD student researching sustainability in the maritime sector under Prof Julieanna Powell-Turner’s supervision. Ryan’s research work involves investigating low carbon fuel alternatives using life cycle analysis methodology to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the maritime sector. Ryan is also exploring collaborative methods for marine organisations to measure and report greenhouse gas emissions to comply with existing and future legislation.

Before joining CREST, Ryan obtained an MEng in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Chester. During his studies there, Ryan developed excellent physics-based modelling skills through projects such as creating a powertrain model for a formula student vehicle to aid with vehicle design decisions and through developing a turbomachinery model to investigate surge phenomena. During his time at the University of Chester, Ryan was offered a summer research scholarship by the University to work towards experimentally validating a novel solution he proposed for mitigating the effects of surge phenomena in turbomachinery.

Ryan joins CREST with enthusiasm for working on research with a sustainable focus that can contribute towards achieving the vision of a net-zero carbon emission future.

Melissa Spiers

Melissa Spiers

PhD Research Student

Melissa Spiers works as Project Manager for Severn Wye, where she manages a team of community workers to achieve a sustainable future free from fuel poverty. She has first-class BSc in Zoology, from the University of Exeter, and 9 years of experience working in the third sector for both conservation and sustainability charities. Melissa will utilise her experience working with communities to investigate if climate action can improve rural poverty through social cohesion, end-to-end supply chains, and green infrastructure.

Melissa is studying her MPhil part-time under the supervision of Prof Julieanna Powell-Turner (Director of CREST) and Dr Simone Lowthe-Thomas (CEO of Severn Wye).

 

Tao Chang

Tao Chang

PhD Research Student

Tao is a Senior Lecturer/programme director leading MBA programme at University of Chester. Tao has over a decade’s working experience in the UK HE sector. He specialises in PG/UG programme management, institutional approvals and course validations. He has extensive management experience of overseas partnerships with strong connections in Asian markets. Tao’s main teaching area is marketing, strategy and international business. Tao is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He has developed a substantial portfolio of external examinerships. In addition, Tao has delivered a number of consultancy and enterprise projects. Prior to joining academia, Tao worked in the market research industry for a number of years on recycling, waste minimisation and housing repairs projects. Currently Tao is undertaking his PhD under the supervision of Professor Julieanna Powell-Turner in the area of luxury sustainability.

This research will examine sustainability, luxury, and the millennial purchasing behaviour which when perceived together are rather conflicting.