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Co-designing alcohol Interventions in low income counties


School of Pharmacy

Applications accepted all year round Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

"Background Alcohol use has been identified as the cause of approximately 3.3 million deaths worldwide every year, approximately 5.9% of all deaths (WHO, 2014). Harmful alcohol use is one of the four causes of Non-communicable diseases (NCD), and the risks from these are greatest in low- income countries. However, most NCD-related deaths could be prevented or reduced through cost-effective and feasible interventions, especially if delivered through primary health care which is likely to support early detection of harm and provide timely treatment.
Student will have opportunities to apply Participatory Action Research to explore the health and social impact of alcohol use on individuals and communities from high and/or low-income countries. These findings will be used to co-design health interventions to determine its feasibility and level of engagement.
Doctorate researcher development
We are committed to supporting the development of our students during and beyond the PhD. This will involve developing skills on independent and critical thinking, academic writing, research management, publishing in peer reviewed journals, presentation skills and networking. This interdisciplinary research will involve collaborative working with colleagues from Psychology, Health design related fields and other disciplines, as appropriate, both within and outside the University of Reading. We will encourage the student to apply a range of qualitative, quantitative and/or mixed methods approaches to their research. The student will have opportunities to engage with International research collaborators from Nepal (Transcultural Psychosocial Organisation, Nepal), other low income countries in South Asia and Africa, University of Reading’s Centre for Health Humanities and other arts-health related research and project groups.

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Funding Notes

"If you hold your own funding and are interested in joining us, please get in touch. If you wish to apply for funding to work with us and have identified a suitable scheme, please contact us detailing your interest - we may be able to assist you with applications for funding. We are committed to supporting flexible and part-time working patterns so if you have such requirements, please also get in contact.

Applicants should hold (or expect to gain) a minimum of a 2:1 undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in any health, social science or related disciplines.
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