Research funding opportunities

  • Full details of all studentships and funding opportunities will be advertised on this page as and when they become available.

    • If you are interested in undertaking a research degree at Oxford Brookes University, visit the Areas of research page to find out more about the range of subject areas offered within our research communities, centres, groups, academic faculties and schools.
    • The UK Government's Postgraduate Doctoral Loan and Postgraduate Masters Loan schemes are also available to eligible students.
    • For research opportunities that require students to self-fund fees and living costs, visit the Other research degree opportunities page.

    If you are applying for one of the following studentships, you must follow the application guidance detailed at the end of each advert. Do not apply directly via the University's online application system at this stage.

  • Oxford Brookes Business School

    Research Centre for Business, Society and Global Challenges 

    Bursary: £16,000 pa (with no inflation increase)

    Deadline: The closing date for applications is November 9, 2020 (1200 UK time)

    Interview date: Interviews will be held in week beginning November 16, 2020

    Start date: January 2021

    Eligibility: Home / EU current UK residence 

    The Oxford Brookes Business School (OBBS) is offering a studentship to an exceptional candidate seeking to study for a full time PhD in Economics starting in January 2021. 

    This full-time studentship will be for three years subject to satisfactory progress. The bursary will be £16,000 per annum, and fees (Home / EU current UK residence) will be paid by OBBS.

    The PhD student will be part of the Research Centre for Business, Society and Global Challenges (BSGC). This new research centre brings together researchers who are actively engaged with some of the core challenges facing contemporary societies. With its multidisciplinary research profile, the new centre has the ambition to offer a critical contribution on some of the major societal, economic and organisational challenges of our times through close collaboration with companies, policy makers, NGOs, practitioners and the wider public across the globe.

     We are particularly interested in attracting PhD candidates who wish to pursue studies in one of the following areas:

     

    • Natural disasters and their impacts on households, individuals and communities
    • Causes and consequences of poverty in childhood and adolescence
    • Public policies and their impact on an individual’s education, health or other welfare outcomes
    • Pandemics (such as Covid-19) and their impacts on livelihoods, employment
    • Microfinance

    However, we are open to consider PhD proposals on other topics connected to applied microeconomics, economic development, policy and welfare. It is expected that the candidate has an interest in using large household/cohort surveys in their analysis or has an interest in quantitative techniques of impact evaluation such as the use of randomized controlled trials. The context can be a developing country or a developed country.

    Applicants are expected to hold a good undergraduate degree and a good Master’s degree at merit level or above in Economics or a closely related area (for example development studies, statistics or mathematics). Applicants should also be able to demonstrate strong research capabilities and be fluent in spoken and written English.

    We aim to recruit a candidate of the highest quality, capable of submitting a PhD thesis within three years.

    PhD students will take part in the OBBS PhD programme that offers seminars and training on research methodology and has a well-developed collegiate environment.

    The supervisory team will include Dr Rozana Himaz (rhimaz@brookes.ac.uk)

    For more information about research in OBBS please visit: /business/research/

    For information about the Research Centre for BSGC please visit: /bsgc/

     How to apply: To request further details of how to apply, please email: business-research-office@brookes.ac.uk.

     Please ensure you quote “Research Centre for Business Society and Global Challenges (Economics)” in the email title when applying. 


     

    1. Genomics of the only venomous primate – the slow loris (deadline: 9 October 2020)
    2. Professor Chris Hawes FRMS memorial PhD studentship: Protein production and transport in the plant ER-NE continuum (deadline: 28 October 2020)
    3. OPTIMISing the care and support for patients with pancreaTIC cancer and their families and carers (OPTIMISTIC) (deadline: 9 November 2020)
    4. Living with and caring for people with Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (deadline: 9 November 2020)
    5. Development of an Environmental Research Readiness Tool for Nurses in the Clinical Setting (deadline: 9 November 2020)
    6. Factors influencing conveyance decisions by paramedics (deadline: 9 November 2020)
    7. Diet, Nutrition, and Health in UK prisons (deadline: 9 November 2020)
    8. Health Visitors working with parents and pre-schoolers around child anxiety (deadline: 9 November 2020)
    9. Literacy difficulties in the children and families of Armed Forces Personnel (deadline: 9 November 2020)
    10. Alcohol Consumption and Mental Health Literacy in Young People (deadline: 9 November 2020)
    11. Nonlinear pedagogy to support children in play and physical activity (deadline: 9 November 2020)

    Oxford Brookes University

    Faculty of Health and Life Sciences,

    Department of Biomedical and Medical Sciences

    Jointly with Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

    Department of Social Sciences

    3 Year, full-time PhD studentship

    Project title: Genomics of the only venomous primate – the slow loris

    Eligibility: UK, EU & International Students

    Fees: Tuition fees up to Home/EU level will be paid by the University. Any international student awarded the studentship would need to cover the difference between international and Home/EU fees. Please note, fees increase by 4% annually.

    Closing date: 9 October 2020

    Start date: January 2021

    Bursary p.a.: Bursary equivalent to UKRI national minimum stipend plus fees (2019/20 bursary rate is £15,009)

    Supervisors: Dr Ravinder Kanda, Professor Anna Nekaris, and Professor Vincent Nijman

    Project:

    Lorises (along with the other Strepsirrhini - lemurs and bushbabies) are amongst the most basal primates. All species of slow loris are globally threatened on the IUCN Red List and are characterised by a suite of unique morphological characteristics, including that they are one of the few known venomous mammals. Little is known about the genome of this unusual primate, and while most interest in primate evolution has focused on the great apes and monkeys, there is growing interest in understanding the evolutionary history of strepsirrhines. Our main aim in this project is to assemble a whole genome of the slow loris, and explore questions relating to genome evolution. A sample has been obtained for sequencing (a combination of long-read and short read sequencing). Additionally, we will incorporate analyses relating to the population genetics and dynamics of Javan slow lorises, a population of which we have been studying in the wild since 2011. Using a RAD sequencing and population genetic approach, we will investigate the levels of genetic diversity in this species (both within and between populations).

    In this project we will provide training at the nexus of bioinformatics and evolutionary biology. The student will develop skills in bioinformatics, evolutionary/molecular biology and population genetic. There is also the opportunity for the student to spend some time in a biomolecular lab in Indonesia.

    For further information please contact Dr Ravinder Kanda (rkanda@brookes.ac.uk) or Professor Anna Nekaris (anekaris@brookes.ac.uk).

    Requirements: We seek an enthusiastic student with an interest in bioinformatics and genomics as well as primate evolution and ecology. A large component of this project will be computational - prospective applicants should either have a computational UG degree with some experience of molecular/evolutionary genetics, or a molecular biology/genetics UG degree, with some experience of bioinformatics (familiarity with Perl, R, Linux).

    Applicants should have a first or upper second class honours degree from a Higher Education Institution in the UK or acceptable equivalent qualification. EU Applicants must have a valid IELTS Academic test certificate (or equivalent) with an overall minimum score of 7.0 and no score below 6.0 issued in the last 2 years by an approved test centre.

    How to apply: Applications should be sent to hlsapplications@brookes.ac.uk and should include the following application form ( http://www.hls.brookes.ac.uk/images/research/phd-studentship-application-form-jan-14.doc).


    Oxford Brookes University

     

    Department of Biological and Medical Sciences

    3 Year, full-time PhD studentship 

    Project title: Professor-Chris-Hawes-FRMS-memorial-PhD-studentship: Protein production and transport in the plant ER-NE continuum 

    Eligibility: H

    ome UK/EU applicants who must be permanently resident in UK

    Closing date: 28 October 2020

    Start date: January 2021

    Bursary p.a.: equivalent to UKRI national minimum stipend plus fees (2020/21 bursary is £15, 285)

    University fees and bench fees at the Home/EU rate will be met by the University for the 3 years of the Studentship.

    Supervisors: Dr Verena Kriechbaumer, Dr Katja Graumann

    Project:

    This studentship is offered in memory of Professor Chris Hawes FRMS, formerly Professor of Plant Cell Biology and Director of the Oxford Brookes Bioimaging Unit.

    The Endoplasmic Reticulum (ER) - Nuclear Envelope (NE) continuum is a large endomembrane system involved in vital cellular and nuclear functions. These include synthesis and distribution of proteins, signaling and cell division processes. The ER is a highly dynamic and pleomorphic polygonal network structure composed of sheets and tubules. It is continuous with the outer nuclear membrane (ONM), which itself is seamlessly linked to the functionally distinct inner nuclear membrane (INM). Both ONM and INM make up the NE. Proteins are synthesised at the ONM and ER and their trafficking and turnover is linked to complex organisation, structure and dynamics of these membranes.

    The potential for improving protein production and transport is of great interest in tackling global research challenges in food security, issues related to climate change and crop improvement. Linking structure and function of these membrane systems is therefore a major aim and offers an exciting opportunity to investigate the importance and molecular mechanisms of these components in protein production and transport.

    Workplan

    In this project the student will use a wide range of imaging and wet lab methodologies. High-resolution confocal imaging techniques of living plant cells expressing fluorescent NE and ER components, including single particle movement, FRAP and FRET to look at protein interactions, as well as electron microscopy for ultrastructural observations, will be used. Imaging data will be quantified using specialised imaging analysis software. Transient and stable transformation of tobacco and Arabidopsis plants will be employed to express marker proteins. Molecular biology techniques such as Gateway and MoClo cloning and biochemical approaches such as co-immunoprecipitation and Western Blotting will also be applied. Protein production, secretion as well as unfolded protein response will be analysed.

    For informal inquiries please contact Drs Graumann ( kgraumann@brookes.ac.uk) and Kriechbaumer ( vkriechbaumer@brookes.ac.uk).

    Requirements:

    Applicants should have a first or upper second class honours degree from a Higher Education Institution in the UK or acceptable equivalent qualification in biological science or related discipline. EU Applicants must have a valid IELTS Academic test certificate (or equivalent) issued in the last 2 years by an approved test centre with an overall minimum score of 7.0 and no score below 6.0.

    How to apply:

    Applicants should email: hlsapplications@brookes.ac.uk for an application form.


    Oxford Brookes University

    Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, 

    Oxford Institute of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Research

    3 Year, full-time PhD studentship

    Eligibility: Home UK/EU applicants who must be permanently resident in UK/EU

    Closing date: 09.11.20

    Interviews: W/C 23.11.20

    Start date: January 2021

    University fees and bench fees at the Home/EU rate will be met by the University for the 3 years of the Studentship.

    Bursary: Bursary equivalent to UKRI national minimum stipend plus fees (2020/21 bursary rate is £15, 285)

    Supervisors: Dr Lucy McGeagh, Professor Eila Watson, Professor Annie Topping

    Project 1 Title: OPTIMISing the care and support for patients with pancreaTIC cancer and their families and carers(OPTIMISTIC)

    Background: Pancreatic cancer has the worst survival rates of all common cancers. Evidence suggests there are gaps in care and support which is often inconsistent and uncoordinated.  Enhancing patient and family carer experience can have a positive effect on outcomes, use of resources and access to care. We need to understand more about these gaps, when they occur and how they can be addressed. Improvements can best be made through genuine co-design.

    Aims: To establish how we can optimise the care and support provided to patients and their families/carers following a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.

    Work plan: A qualitative longitudinal approach incorporating experience based co-design (EBCD) principles, following a systematic review of the literature.

    Patients (n≈20) (if well enough) and a patient-nominated family-carer will be interviewed individually at one month following diagnosis, and if possible again at three and six/nine months to understand their experiences and map their care journeys.  If the patient dies during this period the researcher would still endeavour to conduct follow-up interviews with the family carer. 

    Healthcare staff (n≈10-15)who come in to contact with patients with pancreatic cancer, will be interviewed to gain their understanding of how services are currently delivered and any challenges they encounter that impact on providing optimum care.  

    These data will be analysed using the Framework Approach to capture the experiences of care received and delivered, and to map the pathways and network of care providers involved.  These will be presented at co-design workshops to develop prioritised recommendations for pathway improvements,interventions and models, to improve patient and carer experience and quality of life. These will be presented to service users and providers at a celebratory event

    For informal inquiries about the project please contact Dr Lucy McGeagh email: lmcgeagh@brookes.ac.uk 

    Requirements:
    Applicants should have a first or upper second class honours degree from a Higher Education Institution in the UK or acceptable equivalent qualification. EU Applicants must have a valid IELTS Academic test certificate (or equivalent) with an overall minimum score of 7.0 and no score below 6.0 issued in the last 2 years by an approved test centre.

    How to apply:
    Applications should be sent to hlsapplications@brookes.ac.ukand should include the following application form:

    /Documents/Research-Opportunities/PhD-studentship-application-jan-14/


     

    Oxford Brookes University

    Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, 

    Oxford Institute of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Research

    3 Year, full-time PhD studentship

    Eligibility: Home UK/EU applicants who must be permanently resident in UK/EU

    Closing date: 9 November 2020 

    Interviews: w/c 23 November 2020

    Start date: January 2021

    University fees and bench fees at the Home/EU rate will be met by the University for the 3 years of the Studentship.

    Bursary: Bursary equivalent to UKRI national minimum stipend plus fees (2020/21 bursary rate is £15, 285)

    Supervisors: Dr Astrid Schloerscheidt, Dr Adam J. White & Dr Michael Alosco (External: Boston University)

    Project 1 Title: Living with andcaring for people with Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy

    Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a unique progressive neurodegenerative disease associated with exposure to repetitive head impacts (RHI) and has been diagnosed predominantly in contact sport athletes. The clinical presentation of CTE often includes early onset of a broad range of cognitive, mood, and behavioural symptoms (e.g., impulsivity, aggression, rage). Individuals who have had or are at risk for CTE often also have psychiatric and substance use disorders. Caregiving for people with CTE may have very unique and daunting challenges and burden, but this has not yet been investigated. 

    The goal of this project is to qualitatively and quantitatively characterise the burden, needs and resource utilisation associated with caregiving for CTE. In collaboration with the Boston University Alzheimer Disease Research Centre we will recruit caregivers of living American Football Players with probably CTE as well as caregivers of former players with autopsy-proven CTE. Caregivers will complete neuropsychological measures; self-report measures of depression, anxiety, and physical health; psychosocial support questionnaires; and questionnaires on caregiving experiences and strain. Former caregivers will also complete measures of bereavement and grief. Qualitative interviews will be used to identify the unique stressors, experiences and needs for this population

    Aims

    Aim 1: Examine the cognitive, emotional, physical and psychosocial effects of caregiving for people at risk of having CTE. 

    Aim 2: Determine the unique needs and resource utilisation (i.e. support, resources, interventions) associated with caregiving for CTE using semi-structured qualitative interviews with a subsample of caregivers to collect information on their caregiving experiences, stressors, physical and mental health and social support intervention needs.

    For informal inquiries about the project please contact Dr Adam J White ( adamwhite@brookes.ac.uk

    Requirements:
    Applicants should have a first or upper second class honours degree from a Higher Education Institution in the UK or acceptable equivalent qualification. EU Applicants must have a valid IELTS Academic test certificate (or equivalent) with an overall minimum score of 7.0 and no score below 6.0 issued in the last 2 years by an approved test centre.

    How to apply:
    Applications should be sent to hlsapplications@brookes.ac.ukand should include the following application form:

    /Documents/Research-Opportunities/PhD-studentship-application-jan-14/


    Oxford Brookes University

    Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, 

    Oxford Institute of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Research

    3 Year, full-time PhD studentship

    Eligibility: Home UK/EU applicants who must be permanently resident in UK/EU

    Closing date: 9 November 2020

    Interviews: W/C 23 November 2020

    Start date:  January 2021

    University fees and bench fees at the Home/EU rate will be met by the University for the 3 years of the Studentship.

    Supervisors: Dr Catherine Henshall, Dr Mary Malone, Dr Sharon Barrett

    Project 1 Title: Development of an Environmental Research Readiness Tool for Nurses in the Clinical Setting

    Background

    Oxford’s research reputation is unparalleled globally, with an outstanding reputation for healthcare excellence; the Oxford Vaccines Group work during the Covid-19 pandemic is a key example. Nurses are the largest group of healthcare professionals, continually engaged in innovative practice. Nurses have substantial contributions to make in shaping healthcare policy and practice to improve service delivery, patient outcomes and care satisfaction. However, the research contribution of nurses to the healthcare agenda is relatively small in comparison to other healthcare disciplines. 

    Research active, competent and confident nurses have refined decision-making skills and are well placed to provide reliable information to patients making treatment choices. However, unlike other multidisciplinary team members, nurses are less embedded in the research agenda, with a limited research profile; this reduces their potential to fulfil their research aspirations and contribute to national and international research priority setting processes. 

    Aims 

    The project aims to increase research activity and capacity among clinical nurses through the development of an Environmental Readiness for Research in Clinical Nursing Settings (ERRCNS) tool. 

    Work plan:

    This Mixed Methods project has three phases:

    Phase 1: Systematic literature review: This will explore barriers and facilitators to UK clinical nurses undertaking research activity 

    Phase 2: Twenty interviews will be conducted with clinical care stakeholders at Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust (OHFT) and Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (OUHFT) about ideas for increasing research activity amongst clinical nurses. 

    Phase 3: Phase 1&2 findings will inform the development, implementation and evaluation of the ERRCNS tool at OHFT and OUHFT. The ERRCNS will assess the environmental readiness of clinical settings to support nursing research, identify which are ‘research ready’ and which would benefit from suggested changes. The tool will then reassess ‘research readiness’ to audit changes to the clinical research environment from baseline.

    For informal inquiries about the project please contact Dr Catherine Henshall email: chenshall@brookes.ac.uk

    Requirements:
    Applicants should have a first or upper second class honours degree from a Higher Education Institution in the UK or acceptable equivalent qualification. EU Applicants must have a valid IELTS Academic test certificate (or equivalent) with an overall minimum score of 7.0 and no score below 6.0 issued in the last 2 years by an approved test centre. 

    How to apply:
    Applications should be sent to hlsapplications@brookes.ac.uk and should include the following application form:

    /Documents/Research-Opportunities/PhD-studentship-application-jan-14/


    Oxford Brookes University

    Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, 

    Oxford Institute of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Research

    3 Year, full-time PhD studentship

    Eligibility: Home UK/EU applicants who must be permanently resident in UK/EU

    Closing date: 9 November 2020

    Interviews: W/C 23 November 2020

    Start date: January 2021

    University fees and bench fees at the Home/EU rate will be met by the University for the 3 years of the Studentship.

    Bursary.: Bursary equivalent to UKRI national minimum stipend plus fees (2020/21 bursary rate is £15, 285)

    Supervisors: David Foxcroft 

    Project TitleFactors influencing conveyance decisions by paramedics

    Background: Ambulance staff should convey patients to an Emergency Department only if it is clinically appropriate for the patient’s needs or where no alternative exists for the patient’s safe ongoing treatment and care. The NHS Long Term Plan highlights the importance of preventing avoidable conveyance, as highlighted in the Carter review. The NHS England and NHS Improvement Plan for safely reducing avoidable conveyance emphasises the importance of building an evidence base to support service development and improvement.

    Aims: In this patient-focused PhD project the student will examine patient factors (injury type, co-morbidities, experience etc), paramedic factors (training / experience etc), and health system factors (availability of alternative processes / interventions (e.g. “Home First”) etc) that relate to conveyance decisions. A particular focus will be the potential for skill development in early career (basic training) and more experienced paramedics (CPD) to improve conveyance decision making and prevent avoidable conveyance, and which could form the basis for follow-on research.

    For informal inquiries about the project process please contact David Foxcroft, email:  david.foxcroft@brookes.ac.uk

    Requirements:
    Applicants should have a first or upper second class honours degree from a Higher Education Institution in the UK or acceptable equivalent qualification. EU Applicants must have a valid IELTS Academic test certificate (or equivalent) with an overall minimum score of 7.0 and no score below 6.0 issued in the last 2 years by an approved test centre. 

    How to apply:
    Applications should be sent to hlsapplications@brookes.ac.ukand should include the following application form:

    /Documents/Research-Opportunities/PhD-studentship-application-jan-14/


    Oxford Brookes University

    Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, 

    Oxford Institute of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Research

    Centre for Nutrition and Health

    3 Year, full-time PhD studentship

    Eligibility: Home UK/EU applicants who must be permanently resident in UK/EU

    Closing date: 9 November 2020

    Interviews: W/C 23 November 2020

    Start date: January 2021

    University fees and bench fees at the Home/EU rate will be met by the University for the 3 years of the Studentship.

    Bursary: Equivalent to UKRI national minimum stipend plus fees (2020/21 bursary rate is £15,285)

    Director of Studies: Dr Jonathan Tammam

    Supervisory team: Dr Shelly Coe and Dr Catherine Graham.

    Project Title: Diet, Nutrition, and Health in UK prisons

    Background

    Prison food has evolved from the days of bread and water, however, whether the food prisoners consume is nutritionally adequate is largely unknown. This project will investigate the food choices prisoners make, ascertain whether dietary recommendations are being met, and assess the physiological and genetic differences between prisoners in relation to their dietary intake.  Previous research has shown that a prisoner’s diet is often lacking in various micronutrients, and as prisoners may spend limited time outside, it is anticipated that vitamin D intake and status may be an important avenue for exploration. The data from this studentship will provide scope for generating recommendations to improve diet and promote prisoner health at both personalised and population levels.  

    Aims 

    • To determine the nutritional adequacy of food consumption in UK prisons.
    • To determine whether nutrient status (e.g. Vitamin D) is associated with ill health and the influence of individual genetic differences. 
    • To conduct a personalised-nutrition intervention trial to determine the impact of supplementary nutrition on health outcomes.  

    Work plan:

    You will be trained in nutrition analysis software, genetic analysis techniques, and other relevant skills. You will determine the adequacy of food intake within the prison population, carry out cross-sectional research to assess nutrient status, bone density, genotype, and disease history, and design an intervention study based on the preliminary findings. There will be opportunities to assess the impact of health promotional initiatives implemented on the strength of the results generated. You will co-design elements of the research with the DoS and supervisory team, to include liaison with colleagues within HMPS, PHE, University of Oxford, and St Mary’s University.

    For informal inquiries about the project please contact Dr Jonathan Tammam, email: jtammam@brookes.ac.uk

    Requirements:
    Applicants should have a first or upper second class honours degree from a Higher Education Institution in the UK or acceptable equivalent qualification in nutrition or a relevant science. EU Applicants must have a valid IELTS Academic test certificate (or equivalent) with an overall minimum score of 7.0 and no score below 6.0 issued in the last 2 years by an approved test centre.

    How to apply:
    Applications should be sent to hlsapplications@brookes.ac.ukand should include the following application form:

    /Documents/Research-Opportunities/PhD-studentship-application-jan-14/


     Faculty of Health and Life Sciences,

    Children and Young People Network  

    3 Year Full Time PhD Studentship 

    Eligibility: Home UK/EU applicants who must be permanently resident in UK/EU

     Closing date: 9 November 2020

     Start Date: January 2021 

     Bursary: equivalent to UKRI national minimum stipend plus fees (2020/21 bursary rate is £15,285)

    University fees and bench fees at the current Home/EU rate will be met by the University for the 3 years of the Studentship.

     Main supervisor: Professor Jane Appleton (jvappleton@brookes.ac.uk)

    ProjectTitle: Health Visitors working with parents and pre-schoolers around child anxiety.

     Emotional and behavioural problems in young children are common and can persist through childhood. The pre-school period is a time of rapid development and some pre-school aged children do present with symptoms of anxiety, which may cause distress and avoidance and can interfere with sleep and eating properly.  Health visitors as leaders of the Health Child Programme are in a key position to work with parents of pre-schoolers around the identification and management of anxiety in young children.  This PhD studentship will adopt a mixed methods approach to address the following research question: How do health visitors work with parents of pre-schoolage children around the management of child anxiety?   Ethics Committee, Social Care and HRA approvals will need to be sought. Three research phases are proposed, including a systematic review of evidence; followed by semi-structured qualitative interviews and surveys with parents and health visitors.

    This is a joint project supervised by:

     Prof. Jane Appleton (Director of Studies – OSNM/Department of Social Work, Oxford Brookes University), Prof Cathy Creswell (Department of Experimental Psychology and Psychiatry, Oxford University), Dr. Jo Brett (Senior Research Fellow - OSNM).  

    The successful application will join the Children and Young People Network at Oxford Brookes.

    As part of their Studentship, any successful applicant will be required to undertake up to 6 hours undergraduate teaching a week during semesters without further remuneration. Training will be given.

    Requirements: Applicants should be of the highest quality and capable of submitting a PhD thesis within 3 years. Applicants should have a first class or upper second class (minimum 2.1) honours degree from a Higher Education Institution in the UK or an acceptable equivalent qualification. A masters degree would be an advantage, as would previous research and/or professional experience of working with parents, children and/or young people.  EU Applicants must have an IELTS Academic test certificate with an overall minimum score of 7.0 and no score below 6.0 issued within the last two years from an approved test centre. We will consider alternative acceptable evidence of English Language ability.

      https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/491093/2016-01-11_-Approved_Secure_English_Language_Tests_and_Test_Centres_-_Website.pdf

     Application procedure:

      Applicants should request an application form from hlsapplications@brookes.ac.uk. Complete applications should include a proposed project proposal (max 1000 words) including background, aims and an outline of how those aims will be addressed.  Applicants can liaise with Professor Jane Appleton when developing their proposal. 

     Completion of a DBS check is required on enrolment the cost of this will be covered by the University.


     Faculty of Health and Life Sciences,

     Children and Young People Network

    3 Year Full Time  PhD Studentship

    Eligibility: Home UK/EU applicants who must be permanently resident in UK/EU

    Closing date: 9 November 2020

    Interviews: w/c 23 November

    Start Date: January 2021 

    Bursary: equivalent to UKRI national minimum stipend plus fees (2020/21 bursary rate is £15, 285)

     University fees/bench fees at the current Home/EU rate will be met by the University for the 3 years of the Studentship.

     Main supervisor:  Professor Vince Connelly (Psychology)  (vconnelly@brookes.ac.uk)

    ProjectTitle: Literacy difficulties in the children and families of Armed Forces Personnel

    This is a joint project supervised by: Professor Vince Connelly (Psychology) & Dr Dianne Newbury (Biological and Medical Sciences)

    Various explanations have been put forward to explain why children in military families in the UK are at greater risk of lower educational attainment, for example, more frequent changes in schooling. However, Armed Forces families, it is claimed, in certain workforce segments, seem to have an over representation of dyslexia and other specific educational needs. This project will investigate the incidence of dyslexia in armed forces families and the many reasons this may or may not be borne out in the population.

    This PhD would be a cross disciplinary project investigating the incidence of dyslexia and poor educational attainment in the children of armed forces personnel investigating the reasons for any increased level of incidence. This research may involve some testing and identification of dyslexia in children but would also need to consider population wide factors and analysis of attainment data from schools and education providers. There would likely be the requirement to develop close external links with organisation such as the Armed Forces Family Federations, the Ministry of Defence as well as the Armed Forces Schools network.

    The successful application will join the Children and Young People Network at Oxford Brookes.

    Requirements: Applicants should be of the highest quality and capable of submitting a PhD thesis within 3 years. Applicants should have a first class or upper second class (minimum 2.1) honours degree from a Higher Education Institution in the UK or an acceptable equivalent qualification. A masters degree would be an advantage, as would previous research and/or professional experience of working with parents, children and/or young people especially in the Armed Forces community.  EU Applicants must have an IELTS Academic test certificate with an overall minimum score of 7.0 and no score below 6.0 issued within the last two years from an approved test centre. We will consider alternative acceptable evidence of English Language ability.

    https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/491093/2016-01-11_-Approved_Secure_English_Language_Tests_and_Test_Centres_-_Website.pdf

    Application procedure:

    Applicants should request an application form from hlsapplications@brookes.ac.uk. Complete applications should include a proposed project proposal (max 1000 words) including background, aims and an outline of how those aims will be addressed.  

    Completion of a DBS check is required on enrolment the cost of this will be covered by the University.


     Faculty of Health and Life Sciences,

    Children and Young People Network  

    Alcohol Consumption and Mental Health Literacy in Young People 

    3 Year Full Time PhD Studentship 

    Eligibility: Home UK/EU applicants who must be permanently resident in UK/EU

     Closing date: 9 November 2020

     Start Date: January 2021 

     Bursary: equivalent to UKRI national minimum stipend plus fees (2020/21 bursary rate is £15,285)

     University fees and bench fees at the current Home/EU rate will be met by the University for the 3 years of the Studentship.

    Supervisors: Dr Emma Davies, Professor David Foxcroft

    Mental Health Literacy (MHL) includes understanding how to obtain and maintain positive mental health, knowledge of help-seeking options, and decreasing stigma. Higher levels of MHL may be linked to lower levels of mental ill health, and may serve to encourage more healthy coping strategies. However, the field of MHL is currently characterised by “conceptual confusion and methodological inconsistency” (Mansfield et al, 2020, p11) and many interventions to improve MHL lack a theoretical basis, and focus on mental ‘disorder’ rather than mental ‘health’.

    This studentship will involve initial scoping research to inform the development of an intervention, which focuses on the potential of improving MHL. This work could start by exploring the relationship between MHL, alcohol consumption and coping strategies. Our research group values co-production and employs systematic frameworks in intervention development.

    The successful application will join the Children and Young People Network at Oxford Brookes.

    As part of their Studentship, any successful applicant will be required to undertake up to 6 hours undergraduate teaching a week during semesters without further remuneration. Training will be given.

    Requirements: Applicants should be of the highest quality and capable of submitting a PhD thesis within 3 years. Applicants should have a first class or upper second class (minimum 2.1) honours degree from a Higher Education Institution in the UK or an acceptable equivalent qualification. A masters degree would be an advantage, as would previous research and/or professional experience of working with parents, children and/or young people.  EU Applicants must have an IELTS Academic test certificate with an overall minimum score of 7.0 and no score below 6.0 issued within the last two years from an approved test centre. We will consider alternative acceptable evidence of English Language ability.

      https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/491093/2016-01-11_-Approved_Secure_English_Language_Tests_and_Test_Centres_-_Website.pdf

     Application procedure:

      Applicants should request an application form from hlsapplications@brookes.ac.uk. Complete applications should include a proposed project proposal (max 1000 words) including background, aims and an outline of how those aims will be addressed.  Applicants can liaise with Professor Jane Appleton when developing their proposal. 

     Completion of a DBS check is required on enrolment the cost of this will be covered by the University.


     

     Faculty of Health and Life Sciences,

    Children and Young People Network  

    3 Year Full Time PhD Studentship

    Eligibility: Home UK/EU applicants who must be permanently resident in UK/EU 

    Closing date: 9 November 2020 

    Interviews: w/c 23 November 2020 

    Start date: January 2021 

    Bursary: equivalent to UKRI national minimum stipend plus fees (2020/21 bursary rate is £15,285) 

    University fees/bench fees at the current Home/EU rate will be met by the University for the 3 years of the Studentship. 

    Main supervisor: Dr. Kate Wilmut ( k.wilmut@brookes.ac.uk)  

    Project title: Nonlinear pedagogy to support children in play and physical activity.  

    This is a joint project supervised by: Dr Kate Wilmut ( k.wilmut@brookes.ac.uk), Dr Will Roberts ( wroberts1@glos.ac.uk), Dr Stuart Whigham ( swhigham@brookes.ac.uk).  

    The use of nonlinear pedagogy to support play and physical activity in children has recently received considerable interest. ‘Physical literacy’ is described as the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge and understanding to value and take responsibility for engagement in physical activities throughout life. This concept has shaped recent development of physical education and youth sport policy. The Boing project, born out of acollaboration between Oxford Brookes University, the University of Gloucestershire and Sport England, focuses on increasing the play-based nature of Physical Education ( www.boingkids.co.uk).  

    This studentship would focus on the outcomes of the Boing project in terms of physical literacy in school aged-children. This could include the effects on the physical, social, cognitive, and/or emotional development of young people with or without movement difficulties. The successful applicant will be expected to engage with, and where appropriate, run Boing sessions, design research studies, collect and analyse data. For further information contact Dr. Will Roberts and Dr. Kate Wilmut.  

    The successful application will join the Children and Young People Network at Oxford Brookes.  

    As part of their Studentship, any successful applicant will be required to undertake up to 6 hours undergraduate teaching a week during semesters without further remuneration. Training will be given.  

    Requirements: Applicants should be of the highest quality and capable of submitting a PhD thesis within 3 years. Applicants should have a first class or upper second class (minimum 2.1) honours degree from a Higher Education Institution in the UK or an acceptable equivalent qualification. A masters degree would be an advantage, as would previous research and/or professional experience of working with parents, children and/or young people.  EU Applicants must have an IELTS Academic test certificate with an overall minimum score of 7.0 and no score below 6.0 issued within the last two years from an approved test centre. We will consider alternative acceptable evidence of English Language ability.  

    https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/491093/2016-01-11_-Approved_Secure_English_Language_Tests_and_Test_Centres_-_Website.pdf

    Application procedure:

    Applicants should request an application form from hlsapplications@brookes.ac.uk. Complete applications should include a proposed project proposal (max 1000 words) including background, aims and an outline of how those aims will be addressed.  Applicants can liaise with Dr. Will Roberts and Dr. Kate Wilmut when developing their proposal.

      Completion of a DBS check is required on enrolment the cost of this will be covered by the University.  

     

    There are no funding opportunities available at the moment

    Oxford Brookes University

    School of Architecture, CENDEP

    3 year, full-time funded PhD Studentship –

    Title: Youth, Disability and the Humanitarian-Development Nexus

    Funding for: UK, EU & International Students

    Funding amount: £15,009 per annum (with no inflation increase) for three years

    Fieldwork allowance: £3,000 for 3 years

    Fees: Tuition fees up to Home/EU level will be paid by the University. Any international student awarded the studentship would need to cover the difference between international and Home/EU fees. Please note, fees increase by 4% annually.

    Hours: Full-time

    Closing date: 21 October 2020

    Studentship start date: 20 January 2021

    Primary supervisor: Dr Supriya Akerkar

    Project Details: The role of youth as change makers, innovators, and leaders in meeting the sustainable development goals is highlighted by the UN. Yet, the capacities and potential of youth with disabilities is routinely unrecognised with many facing social, economic, and cultural marginalisation. Young women with disabilities face further deep rooted gender and disability prejudices.

    In the contexts of protracted crisis and displacement, there is a call for a ‘humanitarian- development nexus’ and to leave no one behind. However, more knowledge and new theoretical discussion is needed to conceptualise what this nexus may mean in terms of inclusive development in the context of protracted crisis/displacement, with approaches that enable youth with disabilities to participate and lead inclusive change.

    We call for PhD research proposals that aim to increase our understanding in this area; capacity and barriers of young people with disabilities to become change-makers and active contributors to the SDG goals. Proposals should develop the questions identified here in a particular geographical and political context. Studies could be both qualitative and quantitative, with particular care for an appropriate and innovative methodology.

    Theoretically we seek interdisciplinary proposals at the intersection of development- humanitarian, disabilities -displacement/refugee- and- youth studies. Methodologically, we seek proposals that plan to adopt alternative methods: linguistic (ie deaf language), visual, forms of art as expressions for understanding challenges and aspirations of youth with disabilities to unravel development-humanitarian nexus.

    The successful candidate will be supervised by Dr Supriya Akerkar [BH1] and Professor Cathrine Brun[BH2].

    Entry requirements: We seek a highly competent candidate to submit their PhD thesis within 3 years. Candidates should have Masters in related subject (e.g. disability, development, sociology, geography, anthropology, humanitarian), demonstrate strong interdisciplinary research capabilities, and fluent spoken and written English.

    The selection criteria will consider academic excellence, research experience/skills, and subject knowledge in addition to relevance and quality of the research proposal.

    Please submit a CV, covering letter and a research proposal of up to 10 pages, that includes clear research aims/questions, justification for study, some overview of existing literature, description of methodology and a timeline.

    If shortlisted, an online interview will be conducted before final selection.

    Contact details: Please contact Dr Akerkar (sakerkar@brookes.ac.uk) for informal enquiries.

    How to apply: For further information on how to apply, please email tdestudentships@brookes.ac.uk for an application pack, quoting Humanitarian-Development Nexus in the subject line.

    Oxford Brookes University

    School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics

    Three-year, full-time funded PhD Studentship - Analysing andTesting AI Applications

    Qualification Type: PhD

    Location: Oxford

    Funding for: UK/EU Students, International Students

    Funding amount: £15,009 per annum (with no inflation increase) for three years;

    Fieldwork allowance: £3,000 for 3 years

    Hours: Full Time

    Closes: 16 October 2020

    Fees: Tuition fees up to Home/EU level will be paid by the University

    Primary supervisor: Professor Hong Zhu

    Short Introductory Paragraph

    The School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics are offering a 3-year full-time PhD Studentship. It includes an annual bursary of £15,009 for three years (no annual increase) and fees up to the Home/EU level. Any international student awarded the studentship would need to cover the difference between international and Home/EU fees. Please note, fees increase by 4% annually. The studentship has a start date of 20 January 2021. A June or September 2021 start is also possible.

    Full Project Detail

    The goal of the project is to develop a methodology for analysing and testing AI applications. The research question is how to generate test cases, measure test adequacy and checking correctness in testing AI applications.

    The successful candidate will be supervised by Prof. Hong Zhu and Dr Ian Bayley and will expand existing work and conduct case studies.
    Requirements

    We are looking for a highly competent candidate to submit PhD thesis within 3 years. Candidates are expected to have at least an upper second-class degree (or equivalent) and/or Masters in a related subject (e.g. Computer Science, Software Engineering, and Artificial Intelligence). They should demonstrate strong research skills and be fluent in spoken and written English. The selection criteria will focus on academic excellence and subject knowledge.

    Contact details

    For informal enquiries, email Prof. Hong Zhu at: hzhu@brookes.ac.uk.

    How to apply

    Please email tdestudentships@brookes.ac.uk for an application pack, quoting “Analysis and Testing of AI Applications


    Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment & Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

    School of the Built Environment & School of Nursing and Midwifery

    PhD studentship: Integration between housing, health and social care for the ageing population

    Eligibility:       Home/EU Students and International Students

    Bursary:         £15,285 per annum (with no inflation increase) for three years

    £3,000 for fieldwork

    Fees:               Tuition fees up to Home/EU level will be paid by the University

    Deadline:        19 October 2020                                                        

    Start date:      January 2021 (a June 2021 start may be possible)

    The School of the Built Environment is offering a 3-year full-time PhD Studentship. This interdisciplinary study cuts across the Land, Design and Development research group and Centre for Nursing, Midwifery, Health and Social Care.

    Tuition fees up to Home/EU level will be paid by the University. Any international student awarded the studentship would need to cover the difference between international and Home/EU fees. Please note, fees increase by 4% annually.

    Project description

    An aging population and its resultant social and economic issues has been prevalent in the UK and other advanced countries. This fundamental change in the nation’s age structure has increased pressures on health and social care services. Accordingly the integrative role of housing in health care and welfare policy becomes an increasingly prevailing issue in academia and practice.

    Given the challenges imposed by a growing ageing population we propose an interdisciplinary research strand. Possible PhD questions may include:

    1.    What are the policy debates on the integration between housing, health and social care?

    2.    How is the integration defined in the context of England and how can the integration be conceptualised?

    3.    What are the experiences of elderly people and social care workers/caregivers in housing environments where integration has been applied

    4.    How and to what extent has the integration been applied in practice and how have the benefits and added value been evidenced?

    The key output will be an innovative framework to place housing, health and social care at the heart of integrated service in existing built environments.
    The successful candidate will be supervised by Dr Youngha Cho, Prof Ramin Keivani and Dr. Jo Brett.

    Requirements

    We are looking for a highly competent and capable candidate to submit his/her PhD thesis within 3 years. Candidates should follow the entry requirement of the university research degree: normally hold a 1st or Upper 2nd Class Degree in the related disciplines, i.e. housing, health and social care, or human geography. Outstanding candidates with substantial prior experience at an appropriate level will be considered. They should be able to demonstrate strong interdisciplinary research capabilities.

    The selection criteria will focus on academic excellence, suitability of research experience/skills, and subject knowledge. A demonstrable interest in housing and health areas would be an advantage.

    Contact details

    Contact Dr Cho (ycho@brookes.ac.uk) for informal enquiries.

    How to apply

    For further information, email tdestudentships@brookes.ac.ukfor an application pack, quoting ‘Integration between housing, health andsocial care for the ageing population’ in the subject line.

     


     

    Faculty of Technology Design and Environment

    School of Arts

    PhD studentship: Diversifying Audiences in UK Arts Institutions

    Eligibility:        Home/EU Students and International Students

    Bursary:           £15,009 pa (with no inflation increase) for three years

    Fees:                Tuition fees up to Home/EU level will be paid by the University

    Deadline:          22 October 2020                                               

    Start date:        January 2021 (a June 2021 start date may also be possible)

    The School of Arts at Oxford Brookes welcomes proposals for a funded PhD studentship, to be undertaken in collaboration with Modern Art Oxford (MAO).

    Tuition fees up to Home/EU level will be paid by the University. Any international student awarded the studentship would need to cover the difference between international and Home/EU fees. Please note, fees increase by 4% annually.  

    Project description

    This proposed PhD studentship will examine engagement with the arts by those from marginal communities and of lower socio-economic demographics. Recent studies have shown that the creative industries continue to face collective challenges in engaging diverse audiences, and there remains a gap between the desired and the actual audiences of galleries/arts institutions, with regards diversity, which is increasingly accountable to an institution’s external funding and internal policies.

    This PhD will seek to better understand the challenges and actions of arts institutions as they attempt to engage a wider demographic, as well as the reactions (aesthetic and otherwise) of artists as they forge careers in an industry attempting to break from its perceived elitism. Within this broad scope, the candidate will be expected to independently develop the project according to their field of expertise, and in response to their ongoing research findings. 

    This PhD will be run in collaboration with MAO, which will form the basis of a live case study, with the candidate given privileged access to data sets, artist interviews, and the expertise of MAO staff. Candidates must have a sensitive approach to the issues examined, while also having the confidence to engage in conversation on matters of diversity. 

    Supervisors will include Dr Alexandra Bickley Trott and Professor Daniela Treveri Gennari

    Requirements

    We seek a highly competent candidate to submit their thesis within 3 years. Candidates should have knowledge of contemporary art and culture, a Masters in a related subject, as well as fluent spoken and written English. Experience of arts engagement is desirable, as is experience of data analysis. If you do not have experience of data analysis you must be willing to undertake training. An awareness of issues surrounding diversity, and proven confidence to engage conversations in this area is essential.

    The selection criteria will consider academic excellence, research experience/skills, and subject knowledge in addition to research proposal relevance and quality .

    Applications should include a covering letter, a research proposal (1000 words), a brief overview of existing literature, a draft project timeline, a CV, and a sample of writing.  

    Contact Dr Alexandra Bickley Trott (atrott@brookes.ac.uk) for informal enquiries.

    How to apply

    Email tdestudentships@brookes.ac.uk for an application pack, quoting‘Diversifying Arts’ in the subject line.

     


    School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics

    Three-year, full-time funded PhD Studentship - Analysing and Testing AI Applications

    Qualification Type: PhD

    Funding for: UK/EU Students, International Students

    Funding amount: £15,009 per annum (with no inflation increase) for three years;

    Fieldwork allowance:  £3,000 for 3 years

    Closes:  16 October 2020

    Fees:  Tuition fees up to Home/EU level will be paid by the University

    Primary supervisor: Professor Hong Zhu

    Short Introductory Paragraph

    The School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics are offering a 3-year full-time PhD Studentship. It includes an annual bursary of £15,009 for three years (no annual increase) and fees up to the Home/EU level. Any international student awarded the studentship would need to cover the difference between international and Home/EU fees. Please note, fees increase by 4% annually. The studentship has a start date of 20 January 2021. A June or September 2021 start is also possible.

    Full Project Detail

    The goal of the project is to develop a methodology for analysing and testing AI applications. The research question is how to generate test cases, measure test adequacy and checking correctness in testing AI applications.

    The successful candidate will be supervised by Prof. Hong Zhu and Dr Ian Bayley and will expand existing work and conduct case studies.

    Requirements

    We are looking for a highly competent candidate to submit PhD thesis within 3 years. Candidates are expected to have at least an upper second-class degree (or equivalent) and/or Masters in a related subject (e.g. Computer Science, Software Engineering, and Artificial Intelligence).  They should demonstrate strong research skills and be fluent in spoken and written English. The selection criteria will focus on academic excellence and subject knowledge.

    Contact details

    For informal enquiries, email Prof. Hong Zhu at hzhu@brookes.ac.uk.

    How to apply

    Please email tdestudentships@brookes.ac.uk for an application pack, quoting “Analysis andTesting of AI Applications


    Faculty of Technology Design and Environment

    School of Architecture / School of Engineering, Computing & Mathematics

    PhD studentship: Second Life Batteries; From Electric Vehicles to Building Applications

    Eligibility:        Home/EU Students and International Students

    Bursary:           £15,009 pa (with no inflation increase) for three years

    Fees:                Tuition fees up to Home/EU level will be paid by the University

    Deadline:          20 October 2020                                               

    Start date:        January 2021

    The School of Architecture at Oxford Brookes University is offering a 3-year full-time PhD Studentship. This is an interdisciplinary study that cuts across the Architectural Engineering research group and the High Voltage and Energy Storage Laboratory.

    The studentship includes a fixed annual bursary of £15,009 for three years and fees up to the Home/EU level. Any international student awarded the studentship would need to cover the difference between international and Home/EU fees (fees increase by 4% annually).

    Project description

    With the increase in demand for electric vehicles, manufacture of Li-ion batteries is increasing. The scaling up of the manufacture of these battery packs comes with increased environmental impact associated with their relatively short cycle of use. Typically at the end of life of a battery, from a transport perspective, these batteries still have significant residual capacity remaining (as high as 80% depending on the battery cell chemistry and its manufacturer). This suggests that these batteries can still be utilised, in a ‘Second Life’, for other, less demanding, applications such as in domestic or commercial buildings. Second life use of the batteries can significantly reduce the overall life cycle environmental impact of the batteries and enable greater uptake of renewable energy technologies via more economical energy storage systems.

    However, challenges remain for development of Second Life battery packs designed with specific applications in mind. These challenges are to be investigated in this PhD study and include:

    • Design optimisation according to residential/commercial pattern of use
    • Understanding the impact of continued battery cell degradation phenomenon in different usage scenarios
    • Modelling of second life batteries at pack and cell level in relation to building performance
    • Assessment of environmental impact reduction through Second Life use
    • Integration of second life battery cells with varying residual capacities and cell chemistries
    • Optimisation of Second Life battery supply chains

    The successful candidate will be supervised by Dr Shahaboddin Resalati, Prof Denise Morrey and Dr Paul Henshall.

    Requirements

    Candidates would be expected to have at least an upper second class degree (or equivalent) and/or Masters in a related subject (e.g. Environmental Science or Energy related engineering background with sufficient knowledge of renewable technologies, electric storage systems (essential) and their environmental impact assessment (desirable)). They should be fluent in spoken and written English. The selection criteria will focus on academic excellence, suitability of research experience/ skills, and subject knowledge.

    Contact details

    Please contact Dr Resalati (sresalati@brookes.ac.uk) for informal enquiries

    How to apply

    For further information on how to apply, please email tdestudentships@brookes.ac.uk for an application pack, quoting “Second Life Batteries” in the subject line.


    Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment

    School of the Built Environment

    PhD Studentship - Co-creating Equitable and Sustainable Urban Environments using Visualising Technologies

    Eligibility:          Home/EU Students and International Students

    Bursary:            £15,285 per annum. £3,000 for fieldwork

    Fees:                Tuition fees up to Home/EU level will be paid by the University

    Deadline:          23 October 2020                                                            

    Start date:         January 2021 (a June 2021 start may be possible)

    The School of the Built Environment is offering a 3-year full-time PhD Studentship titled, ‘Co-creating Equitable and Sustainable Urban Environments using Visualising Technologies’.

    This interdisciplinary study will aim to support the cross-university Research and Knowledge Exchange Networks/themes as well as the major university research centres, and foster interdisciplinary research in the areas of: Future of Mobility and Clean Growth; Healthy Ageing; Children and Young People; and, Arts, Media and the Creative Industries.

    Any international student awarded the studentship would need to cover the difference between international and Home/EU fees. Please note, fees increase by 4% annually

    Project description

    The aim of this research is to contribute to the rapidly emerging world of visualising technology and how this can be harnessed to co-create more equitable and sustainable urban environments.

    The Co-Creation method ‘aims to promote new interactions between partners based on dialogue, to create new links (for instance between researchers, residents and artists) and to provide a safe environment for shared knowledge production’ (Carpenter & Horvarth, 2020: p9). A key component of this approach is the use of creative methods to harness different community voices.

    Visualising technologies, such as Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) provide a sufficiently realistic experience to make judgements on practical measures of how public space can be configured around more sustainable and equitable mobility and therefore increase public participation in the planning process (Gill & Lange, 2014; van Leeuwen et al., 2018).

    The studentship will develop innovative participatory research approaches to understand how VR/AR can be used with community stakeholders in the co-production of designs that contribute to shaping more sustainable and equitable neighbourhoods (Reinwald et al. 2014).

    Requirements

    Applicants will have an interest in planning and designing for sustainable mobility, spatial equity, and mixed or participatory and co-creative methods. Technical skills in the production of GIS and VR/AR visualisations and/or applications such as 3D modelling software are essential.

    Some experience of engaging the public through participatory research and knowledge of mixed and co-creative methods would be advantageous.

    Candidates should have at least an upper second-class degree (or equivalent) and/or Masters in a related subject (e.g. sociology, urban geography/planning, anthropology, environmental studies, computer science). They should be able to demonstrate strong interdisciplinary research capabilities and be fluent in English.

    The supervisory team - Dr Tim Jones, Dr Ben Spencer and Dr Avar Almukhtar - have overlapping expertise in the fields of mobility, gerontology and planning/urban design using AR/VR.

    Contact details

    Contact Dr Tim Jones tjones@brookes.ac.uk for informal enquiries.

    How to apply

    Email: tdestudentships@brookes.ac.uk for an application pack, quoting “Co-creating Equitable and Sustainable Urban” in the subject line.