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‘Troubled Eating’ in the Age of Obesity

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    Prof L Walker
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About This PhD Project

Project Description

To celebrate the University's research successes, the University of Hull is offering one full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarship or International Fees Bursary for candidates applying for the following project

Closing date: - 29th February 2016.
Studentships will start on 26th September 2016
Supervisors: Professor Liz Walker, Email [Email Address Removed]; Tel +44 (0) 1482 466221 School of Social Sciences;
Dr Liz Price, Email [Email Address Removed]; Tel +44 (0) 1482 466360 School of Social Sciences
Dr T Sathyapalan, Email [Email Address Removed]; Tel;+44 1482675312 HYMS

Purpose of the reserach: Obesity is an, arguably preventable, progenitor to a range of chronic health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. However, the relationship between ill health and overweight is far from straightforward. Rather, it is a contested interplay of a range of medical, social, psychological and economic factors - the everyday lived experience of being overweight is a complex and constantly evolving one. This studentship is an exciting opportunity to explore the ways in which contemporary discourses of obesity are understood and lived by young people, in particular.

The aims of the project are: to consider the contemporary context of food and eating – to trouble the presumption of what is considered ‘normal’ and ‘disordered’; to explore the way in which obesity is both stigmatised and normalised and, further, how obesity is performed and observed in public spaces. Applications are welcome from prospective students who are proposing to employ qualitative and ethnographic data collection methods.
This project is part of the ‘Health, Well-Being and Social Inclusion’ research group which views health and illness beyond a purely clinical perspective. Its mission is to explore the changing landscape of health, illness and medicine from a social science perspective. This is a long-standing strong and vibrant interdisciplinary research cluster in the School of Social Sciences which provides a strong research base within which the Studentship will be located.

To apply for this post please click on the Apply button below.

In order to qualify for this scholarship you will require an undergraduate degree with at least a 2.1, or equivalent in a relevant subject.
Full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarships will include fees at the ‘home/EU' student rate and maintenance (£14,057 in 2015/16) for three years, depending on satisfactory progress.

Full-time International Fee PhD Studentships will include full fees at the International student rate for three years, dependent on satisfactory progress.

PhD students at the University of Hull follow modules for research and transferable skills development and gain a Masters level Certificate, or Diploma, in Research Training, in addition to their research degree.

Successful applicants will be informed of the award as soon as possible and by 30th April 2016 at the latest.

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