PhD Studentship – The Effectiveness of Occupational Safety and Health Interventions in a Complex Multi-site Construction Project

Loughborough University

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Project Detail:

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 is the biggest infrastructure project ever undertaken by the UK water industry and Tideway has the ambition to lead a transformation of occupational health, safety and wellbeing (see: This PhD 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 a relevant discipline (e.g. ergonomics/human factors, business studies, psychology, social sciences, health & safety, construction management etc). Self-reliance, excellent social and written communication skills and the ability to undertake field research in organisations with qualitative and quantitative data collection/analysis are essential.

The student will be supervised by Professors Roger Haslam, Alistair Gibb and Andrew Dainty and will undertake their PhD as a member of a team of researchers. The position will be based at Loughborough but the research will require frequent funded travel to London. It is expected that there will also be the opportunity to undertake part of the research based at RMIT University, Melbourne, comparing/contrasting OSH policy, practices and outcomes for major infrastructure projects in Australia. On successful completion, this would lead to a joint PhD award from Loughborough and RMIT (Note: the exchange and joint award are subject to the two universities confirming a formal exchange agreement).

Funding details:

The studentship will start no later than April 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 tuition fees.

Informal enquiries, please contact: Prof Roger Haslam (

How to Apply:

Apply online at

Under programme name, please select ‘Loughborough Design School’. Please quote reference LDS/RAH11/16.

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

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