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Developing a Model of Biosecurity Persuasion for Bovine Tuberculosis: An Examination of Different Styles of Biosecurity Communication Employed by Farm Vets and Advisors


   Cardiff School of Geography and Planning

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About the Project

Developing a Model of Biosecurity Persuasion for Bovine Tuberculosis: An Examination of Different Styles of Biosecurity Communication Employed by Farm Vets and Advisors

This research will work with the TB Advisory Service to examine the geographical variations in the implementation of biosecurity by farmers in different areas of animal disease risk, and examine how different styles of biosecurity communication are used by vets and farm advisors to encourage farmers to implement biosecurity.

 The research will be undertaken in collaboration with the TB Advisory Service and Vet Partners

Project Description

Cardiff University, School of Geography and Planning, supported by the ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership for Wales invites applications for funded PhD study. These ‘collaborative studentships’ involve liaison with a non-academic organisation. They will commence in October 2022. The following collaborative studentships are available:

In the Environmental Planning pathway, “Developing a Model of Biosecurity Persuasion for Bovine Tuberculosis: An Examination of Different Styles of Biosecurity Communication Employed by Farm Vets and Advisors”

Collaborative Partnerships

TB Advisory Service and Vet Partners

ELIGIBILITY

Both the University and the ESRC Wales DTP value diversity and equality at all levels and we encourage applications from all sections of the community. To increase recruitment of currently underrepresented groups, applications from Black British, Asian British, minority ethnicity British and mixed- race British candidates are particularly encouraged. We welcome applications for both full and part-time study.

Candidates should have a background in the social sciences, holding a 1st or strong upper 2nd class degree; applications from those with a relevant research training Masters degree (or equivalent research training) will be considered for a +3 award. Wales DTP studentships are available to both home and international (including EU/EEA) students. All applicants will be eligible for a full award consisting of a maintenance stipend and payment of tuition fees at the UK research organisation rate. Applicants must satisfy studentship eligibility requirements. For further details see the UKRI web site. Successful international student applicants will receive a fully-funded Wales DTP studentship and will not be charged the fees difference between the UK and international rate.

1+3 OR +3?

A 1+3 studentship provides funding for four years (or part-time equivalent), completing a research training Masters in the 1st year, followed by 3 years research funding for a PhD. A +3 studentship provides funding for the three years PhD research study only (or part-time equivalent).

 HOW TO APPLY

Applicants to Cardiff University should apply via the direct application service at http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying/how-to-apply by the ESRC deadline of 12 noon, on 31st May 2022. In the funding section, please select “I will be applying for a scholarship/grant” and “ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Partnership”.

Supporting documents (and any queries) should be sent to [Email Address Removed]. Applicants should indicate in the funding section of the PhD application form that they are applying for ESRC funding.

Incomplete applications or applications received after the deadline will not be accepted.

1. Covering letter: Please address to Dr Enticott. The covering letter (2 pages maximum) must name the collaborative studentship being applied for. It must set out your reasons and motivation for applying; expectations of doctoral study; your academic interests generally, and particularly how these relate to the description of the project supplied. Please specify whether you wish to apply on a +3 or 1+3 basis.

 2. Academic / Professional Qualifications: Where appropriate, this should also include proof of English Language Competency (see institutional entry requirements).

3. References: Two academic references. Candidates must approach referees themselves and include references with their application.

4. Curriculum Vitae: no longer than two pages.

5. Research Proposal: For collaborative studentships, the proposal should build directly on the outline description that has been supplied. The proposal should be up to a maximum of 1000 words, not including bibliographic references. We suggest using the following five headings in your research proposal:

·      Your reflections on the title, aims and purpose of the research;

·      An overview of key research literature relevant to the study;

·      Your proposals for developing the design and methods of the study;

·      A description of potential outcomes of the project for understanding, knowledge, policy and practice;

·      Bibliographic references

This program is available in English only. To request information in Welsh contact the Postgraduate Recruitment Team ([Email Address Removed]). 


Funding Notes

Studentship Awards commence in October 2022 and will cover your tuition fees as well as a maintenance grant (currently £15,609 p.a. for 2021/22 for full-time students, including access to an additional Research Training Support Grant (RTSG), though an element of this latter fund may be ‘pooled’ and require separate applications from 2022 onwards. There are other opportunities and benefits available to studentship holders, including an overseas fieldwork allowance (if applicable), internship opportunities, overseas institutional visits and other small grants.

References

Developing a Model of Biosecurity Persuasion for Bovine Tuberculosis: An Examination of Different Styles of Biosecurity Communication Employed by Farm Vets and Advisors
Biosecurity has been proposed as a way for farmers to reduce the risk of bovine tuberculosis in cattle herds. Recent studies have shown that whilst farmers may resist the use of biosecurity, its use is linked to their relationship with veterinary advisors. The aim of this study is to work in collaboration with the TB Advisory Service (TBAS) to identify what strategies veterinary advisors use to successfully persuade farmers to adopt biosecurity. Specifically, the aims of the research will be to:
1. Examine geographical variations in the implementation of biosecurity amongst farmers between areas of high and low bTB risk;
2. Examine how styles of biosecurity advice are used by vets and farm advisors and how these vary between areas of high and low bTB risk;
3. Develop a model of effective ‘biosecurity persuasion’ that can be used by TBAS to help train vets and advisors; and
4. Develop theoretical and concepts relating to the management of uncertainty, balance and care in the geographical, agricultural and social scientific literature.
The research will adopt a mixed methods approach. This will involve analysing historical and ongoing data collected by TBAS on farmers’ biosecurity practices. To analyse styles of biosecurity persuasion, ethnographic methods will be employed alongside in-depth qualitative interviewing.

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