Health and Wellbeing

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Run by Faculty of Social Sciences and Law
Awards available PhD
Programme length Four years full-time;
seven years part-time
Part-time study available Yes
Open to international students Yes
Number of places Not fixed
Start date September 2016

Programme overview

The South West Doctoral Training Centre (SWDTC) Health and Wellbeing pathway enables students to cultivate a range of skills to develop and evaluate interventions and strategies to improve health behaviour. Your work will make a major impact on understandings of the social science underpinnings of avoidable health problems, and will build research capacity at the interface of biomedical and social sciences within and beyond academia.

All students have two supervisors from different disciplinary perspectives on Health and Wellbeing. Students proposing cross-institutional supervision are particularly encouraged. Your supervisors will convene joint meetings on a regular basis, and will attend the annual one-day workshop for all pathway students.

Fees for 2016/17

Full time fees

UK/EU
£4,121
Overseas
£14,200

Part time fees

UK/EU
£2,061

Fees quoted are provisional, per annum and subject to annual increase.

Funding for 2016/17

The Faculty of Social Sciences and Law has an allocation of 1+3 and +3 ESRC scholarships. Applicants may also be interested in applying for funding from the University of Bristol Scholarships and Alumni PhD Scholarships. 

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Entry requirements

A Masters qualification (or equivalent) with appropriate research training.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Application method Online application form
English language requirements Profile B
Further information about English language requirements
Admissions statement Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Research groups

The pathway integrates the study of the interaction between three important lifestyle behaviours - nutrition, physical activity and substance use (ie smoking and alcohol consumption), and their impact on public health and risks for chronic diseases. For further information on some of our associated research groups and staff, please see the School for Policy Studies Research page.

Careers

The PhD in Health and Wellbeing offers useful preparation for a number of careers. Our students go on to employment in areas of government policy and health promotion at the local, national and international level, while other students have continued within academic careers, going to post-doctoral positions and research associate positions in UK and international universities.  The programme also establishes a sound research training base along with practical applications to position our students to be competitive for different types of employment including research, policy and intervention implementation.

Staff profiles

The following are staff profiles from the School for Policy Studies. Staff profiles from the University of Bath and the University of Exeter can also be explored.

Professor David Abbott, Disabled children living in residential settings; issues for disabled children and young people and their families; making transitions to adulthood; multi-agency working.

Dr Nadia Aghtaie, Forced marriage within the UK' s South Asian community; violence against women in Iran and the UK; violence against women in rural and urban areas in the UK; young people and intimate partner violence.

Dr Sarah Ayres, Devolution and decentralisation; economic development; English regionalism; governance; public administration.

Dr Christine Barter, Child protection; gender; institutional abuse of children; participatory research with children and young people; peer violence.

Professor David Berridge, Adolescence; child and family welfare; children in need; education of children in care; educational disadvantage; foster and residential care for children; peer violence; special education; teenage relationships.

Ms Ailsa Cameron, Health and social care interface; interprofessional and interagency working; professional boundaries; research ethics; the emergence of new organisational models within welfare services and the development of professional roles; the evaluation of policy programmes; the housing contribution to community care.

Professor John Carpenter, Community mental health and learning disability services; disabled children and families; family therapy and family support services; outcomes of social work and interprofessional education.

Ms Christina Pantazis, Poverty, social exclusion and inequality; security and civil liberties; social harm, crime and criminalisation.

Professor Ashley Cooper, Active travel; children' s health and fitness; environment and physical activity; measurement of physical activity; Type 2 diabetes.

Mr Kevin Doogan, EU policymaking; European integration, state and society; job insecurity and the ' new economy' ; mobility, flexibility and industrial relations at different spatial levels from the local economy to the European Union.

Dr Daryl Dugdale, Safeguarding, assessment and inter-professional training; working with fathers where risk is present.

Dr Sebnem Eroglu-Hawksworth, Migration research and specifically in understanding the economic behaviour, success and integration of migrants; poverty and household livelihoods; qualitative and quantitative methods; the macro-economic and policy aspects of poverty reduction; the measurement of poverty from a deprivation perspective and methods used to combine its ‘objective’ and subjective dimensions.

Dr Eldin Fahmy, Area-based initiatives, social inclusion and anti-poverty policy; fuel poverty; participation and community governance; poverty and social exclusion; rural poverty; youth, citizenship and exclusion.

Professor Elaine Farmer, Child protection; foster care; kinship care; linking and matching in adoption; looking after sexually abused and abusing children away from home; neglect; reunification.

Dr John Franey, Ethics in professional practice; leadership and management in local authorities; school-based multi agency group work.

Dr Geetanjali Gangoli, Feminist responses to violence against women in India; gender and violence, domestic violence, forced marriage and crimes in the name of honour in black and ethnic minority communities in the UK; prostitution and trafficking.

Professor David Gordon, Area-based anti-poverty measures; child poverty and human rights; childhood disability; crime and poverty; fuel poverty; rural poverty; scientific measurement of poverty and social exclusion; social and distributional justice; social harm; the causal effects of poverty on ill health.

Mr Rob Green, Assessment, learning and intervention; dimensions of social and emotional development; multiagency working; psychological dimensions of interpersonal communication.

Dr Anne Haase, Eating disorders, body image and social media; psychology of behaviour change (exercise and eating) in chronic illness, obesity and mental health; theory-based behaviour change interventions intergenerational transmission of health.

Dr Pauline Heslop, Befriending and short-break services and supports; general health-related issues; mental health and related issues; poverty and social disadvantage; transition from children' s to adults' services; young people with learning disabilities and transitions.

Professor Marianne Hester, Child contact and domestic violence; comparative and transnational research on gender and violence; domestic violence in same-sex relationships; domestic violence perpetrators; perspectives on violence against women and children in the UK, Denmark and China; prostitution and sexual exploitation.

Dr Misa Izuhara, Ageing and intergenerational relations; cross-national comparative studies; East Asian social policy; family change and social policy; housing and urban/social change; housing assets and inheritance.

Professor Russ Jago, Determinants of physical activity and eating behaviour; measurement of physical activity and sedentary behaviour; physical activity and obesity interventions in youth.

Dr Laura Johnson, Nutritional epidemiology ; the role of overall dietary and eating patterns in the prevention and treatment of obesity, diabetes and coronary heart disease as well as understanding the factors that influence food intake and appetite control.

Dr Patricia Kennett, Comparative, cross-national social policy; globalization, governance and public policy; housing and homelessness; welfare systems and citizenship in Europe and East Asia.

Dr Anne Knight-Elliot, Frameworks for understanding team cultures and the implications for multi-agency working.

Dr Sibylle Kranz, Child nutrition and diet quality in children and adults to prevent obesity and other chronic diet-related diseases; community-based intervention studies and RCTs; dietary guidance; secondary data analysis of nationally representative data.

Dr Rachel Lart, Drug misuse policy and services, mental health and marginalised groups, eg. offenders, drug users; evidence-based policy and practice; general health and social care policy.

Dr Noemi Lendvai, Possible typologies for post-communist welfare regimes in new EU Member States, on the Europeanisation of social inclusion in Central Eastern Europe, and on the transnationalisation of social policy in South East Europe; the impact of EU Accession on Hungarian, Croatian and Slovenian social policy.

Dr Liz Lloyd, Ageing; health and social care policies and practices with older people; policies on unpaid care; social aspects of death, dying and bereavement; the health and well-being of carers.

Dr Patricia Lucas, Child disability, poverty and deprivation, and inequalities in health; early childhood development; educational, nutritional and social interventions and outcomes for children.

Professor Alex Marsh, Economics, organisation and management in the public sector; housing policy, economics and finance; theorizing the policy process.

Dr Shailen Nandy, India; poverty and social exclusion in the UK, global child poverty; poverty in sub-Saharan Africa.

Dr Angie Page, Childhood obesity; clustering of health behaviours, developmental aspects of eating and exercise behaviour; exercise and self-esteem; measurement of physical activity.

Dr Angeliki Papadaki, Dietary habits and socio-economic and psychological factors affecting dietary behaviour; effect of the economic recession on health status and dietary behaviour; nutritional epidemiology; primary nutrition interventions in work settings.

Dr Demi Patsios, Cross-national comparisons of ageing policy; long-term and community care; poverty and social exclusion of older people and pensioners; the health and social care of older people.

Professor Sarah Payne, Gender equity in health, gender mainstreaming; poverty, social exclusion and health, particularly mental health; sex and gender inequalities in health, gender aspects of health care use and service delivery.

Dr Dendy Platt, Children on the child protection register; social worker' s assessments of children and families; social worker' s decision-making working in partnership with families and social work education.

Dr Simon Sebire, Development and evaluation of physical activity and sedentary behaviour interventions in schools, extra-curricular settings and families; psychology of human motivation, specifically the “what” and “why” of physical activity and sedentary behaviour among children, adolescents and adults.

Professor Julie Selwyn, Adoption and fostering; permanency policy and practice; sibling relationships; the costs of care.

Ms Ann Singleton, International migrants in the south west of England; international migration, asylum and human rights in the European Union; labour migration; migration as crime; the use of migration research and statistics in European Union policy development; trafficking of human beings.

Dr Jo Staines, Fostering adolescents; restorative justice interventions; the criminalisation of children and childhood; the interface between the criminal justice and care systems; youth justice.

Dr David Sweeting, Citizen engagement and comparative urban governance; local governance; local political leadership.

Dr William Turner, Gender identity and development in children and young people; practice and outcome evaluation in social policy; psychotherapeutic approaches in working with young people; research synthesis and systematic reviews in child mental health and child welfare programmes.

Dr Danielle Turney, Child neglect; child welfare and protection; relationship-based practice; theorising anti-oppressive and anti-racist practice in social work.

Professor Linda Ward, Accessible information; advocacy; equal opportunities; ethical issues; learning difficulties and disability; support for parents with learning disabilities and their children, human rights; support to disabled children and their families (especially at transition).

Dr Debbie Watson, Assessment of performance; children' s social and emotional learning; interpretive and creative research methods; interprofessional working and professional identities; theorising social exclusion, identity and child well-being.

How to apply
Application deadline:

Funded places: February 2016 (ESRC and Bristol funding application deadline to be confirmed).
Unfunded places: we accept new PhD students all year round (majority in September) but this is subject to supervisory capacity

International students

Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, and the support we offer to international students.

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