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Evaluation of the validity and utility of emerging technologies to track health, diet and lifestyle (Ref: SF20/APP/BROWNLEE2)

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

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Dr I Brownlee Applications accepted all year round Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

Mobile technologies and wearable devices provide novel approaches to collect data that could form the basis of management of diet and lifestyle in reducing long-term risk of disease. The majority of technologies appear to do so in a minimally-invasive and low burden manner and so have potential applications in free-living, participant-based research studies.
However, such approaches may not have been validated against more accurate or sensitive approaches used in human participant research. Even in the case of well-validated technologies, novel information (particularly large datasets) presented to users, researchers and healthcare practitioners may provide further challenges in relation to decision-making and analysis. For example, how is this information interpreted? By whom? And what practices/ behaviour change takes place in response to this information? The proposed project will aim to further understand emerging technologies available to the public and assess their potential for use in participant-based research by considering the following questions:
• How precise and accurate are data collected from these novel technologies?
• How do users interpret information and how does it affect their decision-making?
• How relevant are these novel technologies in terms of collecting data for future participant-based studies?

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.
• Appropriate IELTS score, if required.
• Applicants cannot apply for this funding if currently engaged in Doctoral study at Northumbria or elsewhere.

For further details of how to apply, entry requirements and the application form, see

Please note: Applications should include a covering letter that includes a short summary (500 words max.) of a relevant piece of research that you have previously completed and the reasons you consider yourself suited to the project. Applications that do not include the advert reference (e.g. SF20/…) will not be considered.

Deadline for applications: 1st July for October start, or 1st December for March start
Start Date: October or March
Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff. We welcome applications from all members of the community. The University holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to improving employment practices for the advancement of gender equality.

Please direct enquiries to Dr Iain Brownlee ([Email Address Removed])

Funding Notes

Please note, this is a self-funded project and does not include tuition fees or stipend; the studentship is available to Students Worldwide. Fee bands are available at . A relevant fee band will be discussed at interview based on project running costs.

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