Concerns about youth violence, and most specifically knife crime have increased substantially over the last decade with increasing consensus that a public health approach is required to tackling violence. A public health approach enables us to see violence as a preventable outcome of a range of factors, such as adverse early-life events or harmful community experiences and influences, but it does not pre-define precise actions or the priorities we might attach to them.
In London, a range of recent Mayoral interventions have sought to enhance the power of the police to respond through a new dedicated Violent Crime Taskforce, and commissioned a wide range of interventions that seek to prevent future violence, co-ordinated by England’s first Violence Reduction Unit. The Unit is learning from counterparts in Glasgow, where a public health approach implemented over several years seems to have led to a fall in violence generally and knife crime in particular.
The precise focus of the PhD is open to negotiation within the parameters of youth violence, and likely specifically knife crime, and may include review/s of existing evidence to inform intervention development; consultation with key stakeholders and policy-makers to inform future interventions and/or research to evaluate interventions and programmes currently being commissioned in London or elsewhere.
Project-specific skills and experience required
Applicants should have qualification or experience in public health or evaluation research. Applicants should have qualifications or experience in mixed-method research approaches. All candidates should hold a Master’s qualification (or complete their Master’s by September 2019) in an appropriate discipline and have a minimum of a 2:1 or equivalent in their first degree. Applicants should preferably have knowledge of the UK health and care system. All applicants are required to have excellent written and verbal communication skills. They should also be willing to work collaboratively in multi-disciplinary and multi-professional teams.