Thursday, 24 December 2015

PhD Studentship: Alcohol’s harm to others: Developing methods to quantify the direct and indirect public health impact of population-level reductions in alcohol consumption on wider society

University of Sheffield - Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health

Doctoral Academy & University Prize Scholarships
Project Details: 
Research Environment: The successful candidate will join the Sheffield Alcohol Research Group, an internationally leading centre of excellence for alcohol policy research. We are an interdisciplinary group of researchers with backgrounds in public health, psychology, operational research/mathematics, systems engineering, sociology, social policy and economics. The group attracts significant grant income, and publishes in leading academic journals including the Lancet and BMJ.
This PhD project would suit candidates who wish to use the PhD as a springboard to a scientific career. In addition to Sheffield’s excellent doctoral training programme, the candidate will have the opportunity to engage in the wider research activities of the group, contribute to publications, gain experience of contributing to funding applications and develop their teaching experience.
Background: Much research has focused on the health and social benefits of alcohol consumption reductions on the individual drinker. However, such reductions in drinking may also have positive effects on wider society, for example, via reductions in marital discord, domestic violence, child maltreatment, night-time violence, vandalism and public nuisance and through savings in NHS and other public resources.
Aims: This PhD project will develop methods to quantify the relationships between changing levels and patterns of drinking across populations and population subgroups and changing levels of harm to those other than the drinker.
Methodological approach: We envisage that this project will employ quantitative methodology and involve secondary analysis of cross-sectional trend and cohort datasets.
Entry Requirements
Candidates must have a first or upper second class honours degree or significant research experience.
This scholarship cover Home/EU fees and RCUK stipend for three years. Overseas students may apply but will need to cover the remaining fees from another source.
Proposed start date: October 2016
Supervisor: Professor Petra MeierDr John Holmes
Interested candidates should in the first instance contact: Professor Petra Meier Tel: (+44) (0) 114 222 0735 Email :
How to apply
Please complete a University Postgraduate Research Application form and attach at least two references to your application. Please select 'University Scholarships' in the Scholarship section of your application. When asked to outline your research proposal, please copy and paste the above project description and supervisor name.
Please clearly state the prospective main supervisor in the respective box and select ‘ScHARR' as the department.
Deadline: 5pm 8th January 2016