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PhD Studentship Opportunities by research programme

6 Studentships available


Complexity in Health Improvement

The Complexity in Health Improvement programme welcomes applications that focus on either (i) the development or evaluation of a complex public health intervention and/or (ii) the development or application of research methods that take account of complex, multi-level influences on population health. Some specific topics are suggested here.


Informing Healthy Public Policy

The Informing Healthy Public Policy programme welcomes applications on any topic related to emerging mainstream and social media debates on public health, synthesis of public health evidence, and evaluation of public health or other policies likely to impact on population health, from candidates interested in qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods approaches. Some specific topics are suggested here.


Measurement and Analysis of Socioeconomic Inequalities in Health

The Measurement and Analysis of Socieoeconomic Inequalities in Health programme welcomes applications related to the analysis of routinely collected or survey data to improve our understanding of health inequalities; undertaking natural experiments using routine or observational data with a view to evaluating changes in policy or other interventions; and considering the combination of cohort, survey and routine data sources in ways that can minimise the impact of their shortcomings (such as survey non-response or a lack of richness of routine data sources). Given the nature of the work of the programme we would expect candidates to have a strong quantitative background. Some specific topics are suggested here.


Neighbourhoods and Communities

The Neighbourhoods and Communities programme welcomes applications related to how people’s health is protected or enhanced by where they live and to both methods of studying, and the health impacts of, change in neighbourhoods, towns and cities over time. We have particular interest and expertise in how environment can encourage physical activity, the health benefits of natural environments (green spaces), how children use their neighbourhood environments, and how changes to neighbourhood character and infrastructure affect health and health inequalities. We primarily use quantitative methods, including GIS, but are also interested in mixed method or qualitative projects. We’d be happy to talk through, and help hone, any ideas you might have. Some specific topics are suggested here.


Social Relationships and Health Improvement

The Social Relationships and Health Improvement programme welcomes applications on any topic related to the influence of relationships (in families, intimate and sexual relationships, or broader friendships/social networks and communities) on health behaviours and inequalities, and the development of relationship-based interventions to improve population health, from candidates interested in qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods approaches. Some specific topics are suggested here.


Understanding and Improving Health within Settings and Organisations

The Understanding and Improving Health within Settings and Organisations programme welcomes applications from potential PhD students on topics which extend understanding of settings/organisations as contexts for influencing social position and identity, behaviour, health and well-being; and/or facilitating health improvement through the development, piloting and evaluation of new interventions and/or adaptations of existing interventions to novel settings.  Our current research is focussing on educational settings, workplaces, prisons and professional sports settings, and utilises qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods approaches and synthesis of public health/social science evidence. Some specific topics are suggested here.