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A Critical Study of the Role of Science Diplomacy in Promoting Environmental Protection and Public HealthProject Reference Number: GCUL-2019-009 Morgan

Project Description

Aim and Rationale

As more and more of the world population migrate in large waves to live in overcrowded cities in densely populated urban areas, serious environmental issues have arisen. Some of the most notable of environmental issues are the contamination of water and food due to lack of safe disposal methods of industrial, human and animal waste. As a result, public health risks are rising at an alarming rate.

The role of politicians and world leaders has traditionally been to protect the territory and power of the nation state that they represent. We can observe since the beginning of this century many examples where encouraged by politicians, the most brilliant and accomplished minds in the scientific world were engaged to developing weapons of conflict and mass destruction in order to increase the power and control of the nation state. The role of the diplomat, however, is much wider. The diplomat is expected to examine the broader world view and the longer-term implication of policies, not only in the home country but the country or organisation to which he or she has been appointed. Today globalisation and the issues of global interdependence as well as major changes in communication technology have expanded the diplomatic role into science and technology. This study will examine the role that science diplomacy can play at this pivotal point in world history.

Areas of major concern for science diplomacy are the protection of public health and the environment through encouraging methods to reduce waste, to reduce exposures to contamination, to increase resource recovery and to design less hazardous chemicals. Today, with the impending doom than many have forecasted will result from environmental problems, it is essential for science diplomacy to search the world for those who many have solutions that will prevent the collapse of human living conditions in many areas of our world. This study will add to literature in the field by challenging some of the paths that research in science and technology is currently taking and examining how science diplomacy can contribute to developing realistic solutions for impending world conditions.

Brief description of supervisor esteem

Professor Antony Morgan, is a social epidemiologist by training and has a PHD in Adolescent Health and Behaviour. He has over 30 years’ experience working in Public Health, locally, nationally and internationally with a particular focus on evidence based policy and practice. Particular relevance to this project is his work with the WHO Commission on the Social Determinants of Health (CDSH) which recognised the importance of the economic, social and environmental influences on health.

Professor Nabil Ayad is an expert in international diplomacy. Professor Ayad has been involved since 1980 in training groups of diplomats and officials from diverse global locations. He has worked with diplomats from the Commonwealth, Eastern/Central Europe and the Republics of Central Asia who have been sponsored by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the British Council. Professional Nabil Ayad has participated in many international conferences on Science Diplomacy and lectured on Environmental Diplomacy at Universities of Westminster, East Anglia and Loughborough London.

Specific requirements of the project:

Candidates from a multi-disciplinary background are welcomed but in particular candidates experienced in in international and/ or diplomatic relations and political science. This is in addition to the regular PhD requirements that GCU specifies.

Candidates are requested to submit a more detailed proposal (of a maximum of 2000 words) on the project area as part of the application.

How to apply:

Project Reference Number: GCUL-2019-009 Morgan

Applicants will normally hold a UK honours degree 2:1 (or equivalent); or a Masters degree in a subject relevant to the research project. Equivalent professional qualifications and any appropriate research experience may be considered. A minimum English language level of IELTS score of 6.5 (or equivalent) with no element below 6.0 is required. Some research disciplines may require higher levels.

Candidates are encouraged to contact the research supervisors for the project before applying. Applicants should complete the online GCU Research Application Form, stating the Project Title and Reference Number (listed above).

Please attach copies of academic qualifications (including IELTS if required), 2 references and any other relevant documentation to the online application.

Please send any enquiries regarding your application to:

Applicants shortlisted for the PhD project will be contacted for an interview.

For more information on how to apply and the online application form please go to:

Funding Notes

This project is self-funded. A variety of scholarship packages including funded studentships (tuition fees and stipend) and fees only scholarships are available to UK/EU and international candidates. The studentships are not guaranteed and candidates interested will be competing against others in the funding opportunity.

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