PhD Studentship - New understandings of the effectiveness of occupational safety and health interventions in a complex multi-site construction project

Loughborough University

This PhD will contribute to longitudinal research at Loughborough, investigating the occupational safety and health (OSH) policy, practices and outcomes of the Thames Tideway construction project.

Tideway is constructing a new cross London tunnel under the Thames to intercept, store and transfer the city’s sewage. This will eliminate the frequent discharges of raw sewage into the river that occur at present. At 25km long, up to 65m deep, and more than 7m in diameter, the Thames Tideway Tunnel is the biggest infrastructure project ever undertaken by the UK water industry.

Tideway has the ambition to lead a transformation of health, safety and wellbeing within the industry (see: This PhD, adopting a human factors systems perspective, will trace the deployment and effect of specified OSH interventions on the Tideway project.

Applications are invited from highly motivated individuals, with at least a 2:1 first or higher degree in Ergonomics/Human Factors or other relevant discipline. Excellent social and written communication skills and the ability to undertake field research in organisations with qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis are essential. NVivo experience is highly desirable.

The student will be supervised by Professors Roger Haslam, Alistair Gibb and Andrew Dainty and will undertake their research as a member of a team of researchers. The position will be based at Loughborough but the research will require frequent travel to London.

The studentship will start no later than January 2017, is for three years and is valued at £14,296 p.a. plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. Due to funding restrictions, this is only open to applicants eligible for UK/EU fees.

Candidates are requested to submit a factual CV and 500-1000 word summary covering your interest in and aptitude for this research. It is essential that the application highlights relevant research experience.

Deadline for applications: 31 October 2016. Under programme name select ‘Design School’

Informal enquiries, please contact: Prof Roger Haslam (

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