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  Applied Economics: What works for firms and the gender pay gap?
  Prof G Razzu, Dr C Singleton
Applications accepted all year round

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A vast literature has studied the determinants of gender pay gaps (see for reviews Altonji and Blank, 1999; Weichselbaumer and Winter-Ebmer, 2005; Blau and Kahn, 2017).
  The Economics of Superstars: Wages in Sport - understanding using primary data the changes over the postwar period in sport for its foremost performers
  Dr J Reade, Dr S Jewell
Applications accepted all year round

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The work of Sherwin Rosen (1981) established a literature on the economics of superstars - an attempt to explain the very high premia top performers in a given field are able to attract.
  A Nutrigenetics approach to study gene-diet interactions on Cardio-metabolic diseases in different ethnic groups
  Dr V Karani, Prof J Lovegrove
Applications accepted all year round

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"We are seeking a highly motivated candidate for a PhD project that will focus on genetic epidemiology and statistical genetics.
  Maximising the efficacy of polyphenols on cardiovacular health
  Dr C Mills
Applications accepted all year round

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Cardiovascular diseases are the worlds’ leading cause of death. Dietary approaches to prevent or treat these diseases are becoming increasingly accepted.
  The role of exercise and physical activity on appetite and food intake in older adults
  Dr M Clegg, Dr L Methven
Applications accepted all year round

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"As people reach their mid-late 60s in age, their appetite and desire to eat decreases, and body weight and muscle mass start to decline affecting their physical capabilities.
  Data synthesis and integration for improved climate impact assessment, modelling and policy
  Dr R Cornforth, Dr E Tarnavsky
Applications accepted all year round

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Climate change is already demonstrated in changes in the frequency and severity of extreme weather events.
  Flow processes and turbulent exchange in urban canopies
  Dr J Barlow, Dr O Coceal
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Most of the world’s population now experiences an urban version of weather extremes and climate change. Accurate forecasting of weather and air quality in cities relies on correctly representing the physics of turbulent exchange between the surface and the overlying atmosphere.
  Measuring vulnerability and resilience to climate change-induced shocks in developing economies
  Prof R Cornforth, Dr L Todman
Applications accepted all year round

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Climate change is already demonstrated by changes in the frequency and severity of extreme weather events.
  Physical activity, energy expenditures, and time use in agriculture and rural livelihood
  Dr G Zanello
Applications accepted all year round

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The limited uptake of agricultural innovations with proven productivity-enhancing potential and the translation of productivity increases into improvements in nutrition are two major development challenges facing Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs).
  The fourth agricultural revolution: social and ethical issues at the interfaces between technology and farming communities
  Dr D Rose
Application Deadline: 7 September 2019

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Agriculture sits on the cusp of a fourth technology revolution. New technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence, Drones, Big Data, the Internet of Things, robotics, gene editing (and more!), have the potential to transform food production beyond recognition.
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