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  The health and wellbeing impacts of poor-quality urban environments

   Department of Economics

  ,  Wednesday, July 31, 2024  Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

Applications are invited for a three-year fully-funded studentship, to commence in September 2024, to work on a project under the supervision of Dr Alistair Hunt  and Professor Eleonora Fichera. The project is fully funded by the University of Bath.


The studentship attached to this project is open to students who qualify for Home fee status only. Please consult this webpage to determine if you are eligible for the Home tuition fee rate

If you do not hold British or Irish citizenship, EU Settled/Pre-settled status, or another form of indefinite leave, you are unlikely to qualify for Home fee status.


The interlinkage of poor-quality urban environments, non-communicable diseases and health inequalities is one of the most important challenges of this century. Often unhealthy urban environments result from the actions of private and public actors who impose negative externalities. These costs impact the economy, population health and wellbeing but are not often accounted for in upstream policies.

The objective of this PhD is to extend the research undertaken by Eaton et al., 2023 on the interlinked health, wellbeing, and economic impacts of poor-quality urban environments. Traditional health and economic evaluation modelling techniques tend to estimate the costs and consequences of interventions using narrow measures such as productivity, mortality or morbidity. This PhD will develop a quantitative tool to evaluate the costs and consequences of poor-quality urban environments on multidimensional measures of health and wellbeing and develop practical options for incorporating these costs and consequences into the decision-making of the relevant public and private actors.

The project will require use of meta-data from systematic reviews as well as secondary data. It will involve knowledge of statistical packages. The project is part of a large grant-funded research by UKRI looking at the system-level approaches to tackle commercial determinants of health in the UK local governments. The Economics part of this project will cover both climate change and urban environment, part of the latter is covered in this PhD.

The Successful Candidate should:

  • Fulfil the entrance requirements for a Department for Economics PhD
  • Have a background in Econometrics, Environment or Health
  • Have good Statistical knowledge (e.g. Excel, STATA, R, or similar)
  • Have good written communication skills
  • Display the ability to engage with a non-technical audience
  • Non-UK applicants must meet our English language entry requirement.

Enquiries and Applications

Informal enquiries are encouraged and should be directed to Dr Alistair Hunt,

Formal applications should be submitted via the University of Bath’s online application form for a PhD in Economics prior to the closing date of this advert.


When completing the application form:

  • In the Funding your studies section, select ‘LURS' from the first drop-down list.
  • In the Your PhD project section, quote the project title of this project and the name of the lead supervisor in the appropriate boxes. 
  • Ensure that you upload to your application (in addition to the required academic and English language documents): a personal statement (no more than 2 pages) explaining your motivation, skills, experiences related to the research area and your career plan.

Failure to complete these steps will cause delays in processing your application and may cause you to miss the deadline.

More information about applying for a PhD at Bath may be found on our website


Interview dates TBC

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

We value a diverse research environment and aim to be an inclusive university, where difference is celebrated and respected. We welcome and encourage applications from under-represented groups.

If you have circumstances that you feel we should be aware of that have affected your educational attainment, then please feel free to tell us about it in your application form. The best way to do this is a short paragraph at the end of your personal statement.

Economics (10) Politics & Government (30)

Funding Notes

Students applying for this project will be considered for a fully-funded 3-year University of Bath PhD studentship comprising payment of tuition fees at the 'Home' rate, a doctoral stipend at the UKRI rate (£19,237 per annum, 2024/25 rate) and a research/training support allowance of £1,000 per annum. This studentship is open to those that qualify for 'Home' fees. You will likely need to hold UK or Irish citizenship, EU (Pre-)Settled status in the UK, or another form of indefinite leave, to be eligible for Home fees.


Eaton E., Hunt A. and Black D. (2023) Developing and testing an environmental economics approach to the valuation and application of urban health externalities. Frontiers in Public Health

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