Examining how health inequalities vary across urban, rural and island communities in Scotland

   School of Geosciences

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  Dr Chris Dibben, Dr Tom Clemens  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

1 of 2 projects available as part of the Farr Institute, here is the other: https://www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.aspx?PJID=88017

A fully funded PhD Studentship is available as part of the Farr Institute @Scotland investment in health informatics research. The successful applicant will be working at the forefront of health informatics and administrative data research in the UK and will be conducting research in and around the general area of environments and health.

The studentship will focus on health inequalities and by exploiting the full population nature of administrative data sources will examine how these patterns vary across urban, rural and island communities in Scotland. The aim will be to better understand how economic difference acts within different social contexts to produce health inequalities.

The project will make use of administrative health and social data and will work closely with colleagues in the Administrative Data Research Centre and the Farr Institute as well as research groups in the School of Geosciences including the centre for research on environment society and health (CRESH) and the population, health and place research group.

The successful candidate will have an undergraduate degree (at least 2:1) with a data analytical component from a discipline such as geography, medicine, public health, epidemiology, medical sociology. Experience of statistical data analytical techniques relevant to large-scale and complex social science or health datasets and relevant software packages (Stata, SPSS, SAS or R) is desirable. The precise design of both programmes of research will be developed jointly by the student and the project supervisors and progress towards completion of the PhD will be reviewed in accordance with established guidelines within the School of Geosciences. There is an expectation that the PhD students will contribute substantial independent thinking with regard to the research design, research questions, methodology and analysis throughout the studentship, including preparing and writing results into academic publications where relevant and will contribute actively within the wider research team.

Funding Notes

These studentships will be supported by the Farr Institute. The Farr Institute is a UK-wide research collaboration involving 21 academic institutions and health partners in England, Scotland and Wales. Publically funded by a consortium of ten organisations led by the Medical Research Council, the Institute is committed to delivering high-quality, cutting-edge research using ‘big data’ to advance the health and care of patients and the public.

This is an MRC funded award and will provide an annual stipend for three years of £14,553 per year, plus University fees for UK/EU students.

UK/EU tuition fees only.


All applicants should apply via the University of Edinburgh's online application system and should submit the following documentation; a recent CV, a cover letter explaining interest in the project and a completed Equal Opportunities Monitoring form. Please contact pgrsupport.geos@ed.ac.uk and we will send you this form. We anticipate interviews will be held in the week commencing 28th August. You will be notified by email whether you have been shortlisted for interview or not.

Informal enquiries to Professor Chris Dibben (chris.dibben@ed.ac.uk) and Dr Tom Clemens (tom.clemens@ed.ac.uk)
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