One Health

We are seeking outstanding PhD candidates for University of Edinburgh and University of Glasgow Jointly Funded PhD Studentships below:

Vision: To shape the future practice of combined animal and human health management through partnerships across disciplines and institutions.

This theme will build on the substantial and complementary strengths of the University of Edinburgh and University of Glasgow in One Health, with a particular focus on developing between Institution connectivity, promoting interdisciplinarity and seeding impact.  While One Health can be interpreted widely, for the purposes of this program we focus on the design, implementation and evaluation of interventions in the management of animal populations for the primary purpose of controlling zoonotic disease and improving human health. Such interventions will focus around the development and use of vaccines, drugs, genome editing for resilience, behavior or husbandry practices, market economics or combinations thereof. 

Applicants may only submit an application for ONE project only.

University of Glasgow projects - available from week beginning Monday 18 November 2019

Combining behavioural and epi-ecological modelling approaches in the management of Lyme disease
Leveraging pathogen genomics and phylodynamics to control endemic anthrax
Human and Animal African trypanosomiasis: avoiding selection of drug resistance at the One Health interface
Developing a one health approach to the management of trypanosomiasis across communities and the vet, conservation and medical sectors in the Luangwa Valley in Zambia.
Improving effective trypanocide use in animals for better animal and human health
Molecular epidemiology of Coxiella burnetii

University of Edinburgh projects - available from week beginning Monday 18 November 2019


Role of metabolism-related islets in Salmonella pathogenesis & zoonotic risk
Data-driven modelling of future zoonotic risks in Tanzania



The program recognizes the critical importance of social science in leading, designing, planning, implementing and evaluating One Health interventions – including both qualitative (e.g. ethnographic research) and quantitative (e.g. behavioural economics) approaches. We also recognize an important role for fundamental research in understanding the epidemiology of zoonotic pathogens including anti-microbial resistant (AMR) bacteria (e.g. the transformative contributions pathogen genomics has made to understanding transmission). We encourage multi-disciplinary projects that generate knowledge relevant to the design, validation or improvement of interventions in animals for the control of zoonotic disease, and the benefit of human health.

The theme will build on existing platforms and synergies within and between our respective institutions thereby borrowing complementary strengths from each other. For example at the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Infectious Disease (EID) comprises a grouping of 190 different research groups across the University and neighbouring institutions interested in infectious disease research with ‘One Health’ and Social Science identified as major underpinning themes. Of note, in University of Edinburgh, the medical and veterinary schools and the Roslin Institute work closely together within the same College (CMVM), and additional expertise and facilities are available in the School of Biological Sciences, and in Social Science in the College of Arts Humanities and Social Science (CAHSS). Further support for ‘One Health’ Science in University of Edinburgh comes from the Global Academy for Agriculture and Food Security, The Center for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health, and the Center for Biomedicine, Self and Society. At University of Glasgow, One Health is one of seven established research beacons, with research supported across the Colleges of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences, and Social Sciences, and through interdisciplinary structures including the award winning Boyd Orr Centre for Population and Ecosystem Health, the MRC Centre for Virus Research, the Wellcome Trust funded Centre for Molecular Parasitology, the Institute for Health and Wellbeing and the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit.  We will build on existing joint collaborative projects such as the Gates-funded Centre for Supporting Evidence Based Interventions (SEBI), Epidemiology, Population health and Infectious disease Control (EPIC), and establish interactions with key organisations such as GALVmed.

The One Health theme will consist of a cohort of 4 students for 4 years (2 registered in each of UE and UG), each student with at least one supervisor from each university.  Students will undertake ‘taster’ projects in their first year prior to agreeing a primary research project.  Students will be required to attend combined cohort meetings at least once per year.  Tailored training programs will be agreed with the supervisor team and likely comprise auditing PGT modules, and other specific CPD opportunities.  Additional training will be identified and supported through the existing PGR training pathways through Colleges at the University of Glasgow and through the Institute for Academic Development at the University of Edinburgh. The cohort may be extended with additional funding from, for example, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, DfID, GCRF, ESRC, AHRC, BBSRC, Wellcome Trust and the Leverhulme Trust.