About the Project
Furthermore, you will examine whether the mode of contact matters and whether computer-mediated communication could alleviate loneliness to some degree. To this end you will conduct a series of longitudinal egocentric social network studies and experiments. This project will further our understanding of the interrelationship between social network structure and loneliness and help lay the foundations for future interventions to combat loneliness.
This project aligns with the goal of the integrated health & social care research theme to ‘develop and test interventions that are designed to optimize the health and wellbeing of individuals and groups throughout the life-course’ and with the goal of understanding how lives will ’be transformed in the next 20 years because of changes in digital technologies’.
The ideal candidate has multidisciplinary interests (psychology/sociology/technology/ageing) and has advanced data analytical skills, such as social network analysis and/or programming experiments.
Eligibility and How to Apply
Please note eligibility requirement:
• Academic excellence of the proposed student i.e. 2:1 (or equivalent GPA from non-UK universities [preference for 1st class honours]); or a Masters (preference for Merit or above); or APEL evidence of substantial practitioner achievement.
For further details of how to apply, entry requirements and the application form, see
Please ensure you quote the advert reference above on your application form.
Northumbria University is an equal opportunities provider and in welcoming applications for studentships from all sectors of the community we strongly encourage applications from women and under-represented groups.
Pollet, T.V., Roberts, S.G.B. & Dunbar, R.I.M. (2013), Going that extra mile: Individuals travel further to maintain face-to-face contact with highly related kin than with less related kin. PLoS ONE, 8, e53929.
Pollet, T.V., Roberts, S.G.B. & Dunbar, R.I.M. (2011), Extraverts have larger social network layers but do not feel emotionally closer to individuals at any layer. Journal of Individual Differences, 32, 161-169.
Pollet, T.V., Roberts, S.G.B. & Dunbar, R.I.M. (2011), Use of social network sites and instant messaging does not lead to increased offline social network size, or to emotionally closer relationships with offline network members. Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking, 14, 253-258.
Roberts, S.G.B., Dunbar, R.I.M., Pollet, T.V. & Kuppens, T. (2009), Exploring variation in active network size. Social Networks, 31, 138-146.
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