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Wasted food, poor health, sad planet: optimising householders’ food behaviour for health outcomes, food security and resource efficiency

Project Description

A fully funded studentship awarded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership (SCDTP) commencing in 2020/21 Academic Year.

This project provides an exciting opportunity to address urgent issues in public health and environmental science, though a unique collaboration with local government. The successful candidate in this role will lead a mixed-methods study to identify what influences food purchasing behaviours in households, and any food waste, to understand where efforts to reduce food waste and/or improve household food security should be focused. Crucially you will explore the variation within populations to understand the relationship with health inequalities. The final output will be a co-developed tool to model future household food security and food waste, given a range of scenarios.

Skills Required

This project will used mixed methods, with some qualitative skills required to facilitate interviews and/or focus groups then quantitative skills to complete simple statistical modelling in the third research question. Confidence in written communication and knowledge or willingness to learn about behaviour change models will be beneficial. The intention is for this project to be completed in the three paper format.

Application Procedure

The closing date and time for applications is 4.00pm on 23rd January 2020. The full application procedure, the funding application form, and more information on the South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership can be found at: http://southcoastdtp.ac.uk/apply/

For further information about this project, please contact the lead supervisor detailed above. For questions relating to the application procedure, or for more information about the SCDTP, please visit the SCDTP website or contact us at

Funding Notes

Funding provides an annual maintenance grant (tax free) of £15009 (2019/20 UKRI rate), plus payment of all programme fees. Other funding available for SCDTP funded students can be found at View Website.

Funding is for 3 years full-time PhD study (pro-rata for part-time students). Applications for 1+3 funding for students completing a Master's year prior to the commencement of PhD study are also welcome (details available at View Website).

Residential Eligibility

We are able to recruit a limited number of overseas and EU students in Economics or Advanced Quantitative Methods. In all other areas, students must be considered as UK resident.

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