"Receving a scholarship to study here was fantastic, because Sheffield has an excellent reputation for doing high-quality research."

PhD student Maria del Carmen Redondo Bermudez
Maria del Carmen Redondo Bermudez
Interdisciplinary PhD Student
Faculty of Social Sciences
Maria is an interdisciplinary PhD student who was granted a scholarship from the Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures (GCSF) to carry out research in air pollution reduction based at the University of Sheffield.
PhD student Maria del Carmen Redondo Bermudez

Why did you choose to study a PhD at Sheffield?

I was granted a scholarship from the Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures (GCSF) to carry out research and they are based at the University of Sheffield, which is fantastic because it has an excellent reputation for doing high-quality research.

What do you do in your PhD?

My PhD is an inter and trans-disciplinary project that involves several departments from the University as well as the involvement of schools and the private sector. I am studying the capacity of plants to reduce air pollution and how to put it in practice through the implementation of green barriers school playgrounds.

For this, I carry out experiments with plants, I take air quality measurements, I conduct interviews with stakeholders and activities at the schools, and will build a green barrier in partnership with a school in Sheffield, UK and with a school in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

What opportunities are there for PhDs to develop their skills?

I think that the University of Sheffield offers plenty opportunities for PhDs to develop their skills, from technical skills like the use of software to personal and academic development like tips for being better presenters.

In addition to this, I am lucky to be part of the Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures which also has created a curricula to potentiate their scholars' skills and communicate the research to the world. I have felt welcomed by both my colleagues at the Department and the GCSF.

What do you think of Sheffield as a city?

Sheffield is an alive and calm city at the same time, it is great that there are many options for activities to suit the mood. I also like that its citizens are active in taking part in the decisions and changes of the city.

What are your plans for after your PhD?

I would like to work for some years in either a consultancy, a charity or in the government's environmental department and then start up a business to help greening cities and mitigate air pollution in both the global north and south.

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