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Balancing conflicts of interest in public-private partnerships: Evidence, theory and recommendations on managing school-food industry collaborations to improve quality

Project Description

In this interdisciplinary project, the student will use social science methods, complemented by an ethical analysis to examine school-food industry partnerships. School-food industry partnerships expose children to commercial influences (that are not always health promoting) in environments that are meant to be free from commercialisation. The aim of this project is to develop an ethical management model for school-food industry partnerships that is outcomes driven (promotes public health) and rights-based (protects children). It will use school breakfast clubs as an exemplar. The student will use social science methods to collect survey and qualitative data in primary schools and conduct an ethical analysis based on normative theory as developed within contemporary moral philosophy.

Project Team

Dr Stephanie Chambers will be lead supervisor and is a member of the Institute of Health and Wellbeing’s Social Science group and is physically located in the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit (SPHSU). She is a political scientist and applied public health researcher whose research aims to improve children’s health, particularly through the school setting.

Dr Thomas Anker will be second supervisor and is based in the Adam Smith Business School. He has a background in moral philosophy. His expertise is in business and public health ethics, particularly around corporate social responsibility (CSR).

Funding Notes

Stipend at RCUK rate + 15% (estimated to be £17,530)
Full Tuition fee waiver (at Home/EU or International rate)
Research Training Support Grant (RTSG) of up to £3,000 per annum.
4 year funded project.

Academic qualifications – Masters level qualification in a social science which includes training in both qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis.
Experience – (desirable) Experience of working in schools or on Corporate Social Responsibility within a business setting, experience of working with children
Skills/Attributes – Survey design, quantitative analysis, qualitative data collection and analysis (indepth interviewing, focus group interviewing, observations)

How good is research at University of Glasgow in Social Work and Social Policy?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 29.20

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