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Ethnicity and alcohol use: understanding explanatory models and appropriate prevention interventions

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Saturday, March 02, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Applications are invited from graduates in psychology or other relevant social science or health disciplines (to work in a programme grant team on interventions to reduce problematic alcohol use. This three year studentship will commence in June 2018 and will be based at the Centre for Psychiatry, Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, at Queen Mary University of London. The Centre for Psychiatry is located at the Charterhouse Square campus, although students will be working in other campuses, and recruiting research subjects from varying geographical locations in East London.

Project description

The project seeks to better understand the explanatory models for problematic alcohol use in Bangladeshi, and other South Asian people, and White British people in East London. Located within this qualitative exploration, we which to better understand the types of interventions patients are willing to use, what they have found helpful, and their attitudes and willing towards new promising interventions such as physical activity and self management. The role of cultural taboos, religious beliefs, and social and group conformity, and the risk of emotional strain in the face of transgressing such taboos can inform an more influential clinical and public health response to problematic alcohol use in diverse community settings, and different sectors of society, different age groups, and across genders. Like all consumption related health problems, the role of self-esteem, identity, and self-efficacy are critical to explore and investigate. Following a critical qualitative enquiry, we propose to undertake more specific evaluations of the acceptability and feasibility of implementing promising interventions, and pilot the materials and methods to inform the programme grant and to develop a larger study that is more effective in specific ethno-cultural groups. We are seeking an ambitious student committed to a future academic career, and with the commitment and motivation to develop the skills to delivery a high quality research project, publish in peer review journals, work closely with the communities and stakeholders, and become a future leader in this area of health research and practice.

How to apply

Your application should consist of a CV, contact details of two academic referees, and you must also include a personal statement (1,000 words maximum) describing your interest in and suitability for this project. Please refer to guidance here: You should hold at least one of the following:
• A first or upper second class honours degree in a relevant social science/health subject from a UK university
• A Masters degree
• A recognised equivalent from an accredited overseas institution
• An equivalent professional qualification.

Queries should be directed to Professor Bhui:

Please submit your application to Ms Renata Samulnik:

Closing date: 2nd March 2019

Funding Notes

This 3 year PhD studentship is funded by Queen Mary, University of London, and comes with a tax-free stipend of £19,143 per year. It is open to UK Nationals, EEA/Swiss migrant workers and non-UK nationals with indefinite leave to remain in the UK who will have three years ordinary residence in the EU prior to the start of the studentship. University tuition fees (at UK/EU levels) will be met by the funding body.

How good is research at Queen Mary University of London in Clinical Medicine?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 144.11

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