PhD Studentship: Mental Health Advocacy On Social Media’.

Queen Mary University of London - School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

The new multi-disciplinary Life Sciences Initiative at Queen Mary University of London provides a PhD Studentship on the theme of ‘mental health advocacy on social media’. The studentship will be based at the School of Languages, Linguistics and Film ( and involve close collaboration with Unit for Social & Community Psychiatry (WHO Collaborating Centre for Mental Health Service Development).

Key Details

  • Project Title: Mental health advocacy on social media: An ethnographic study
  • Supervisors: Dr Nelya Koteyko (Language Centre); Dr Domenico Giacco and Prof Stefan Priebe (Unit for Social & Community Psychiatry)
  • Primary School/Institute: School of Languages, Linguistics and Film
  • Secondary School/Institute: Unit for Social & Community Psychiatry, Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, Bart’s and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry

Project description:

Social networking sites (SNS) such as Facebook and Twitter have introduced large-scale changes to how we engage in communication and management of relationships, emotions, and bodies. The project will examine how the new technological affordances underlying SNS may be reshaping both health activism practices and illness experiences in the area of mental health. Drawing on the research and supervisory expertise in linguistics and social psychiatry this interdisciplinary study will provide a systematic analysis of how SNS are used by UK mental health advocacy organisations and how such uses may be (re-) shaping professional and lay experiences of engagement and support.

The candidate will have a first degree (minimum 2:1 requirement) and a Master's degree in one of the following fields: linguistics, psychology, media/cultural studies or another a discipline specifically related to the research topic. Candidates should have research experience in a relevant area and in using quantitative and/or qualitative methods. They are required to have an IELTS overall score of 7.0 (with 7.0 in writing) at the time of application. The candidate will receive further training in both qualitative (ethnography in the context of mental health support services) and quantitative (corpus linguistics) methods.

The Award:

The Life Sciences Studentship is open to suitably qualified candidates from the UK & EU only. The Studentship will cover tuition fees and £16,553 a year for maintenance for 3 years, plus £1k per annum research consumables budget.

Duration of Studentship: 3 years


The application form can be found via the following link (under ‘PhD full time Applied Linguistics)

Each application should include: a completed application form; transcripts; proof of English language ability for overseas applicants from non-English speaking countries; Curriculum Vitae (CV); a one-side A4 statement of purpose; research proposal; two references. Please indicate on your application form that you are applying for this studentship.

Closing date for applications is 26 November 2017. All short-listed applicants will be interviewed shortly after the closing date (either face-to-face or by Skype). The enrolment date (from January 2018 onwards) will be discussed individually with a candidate.

Please address any enquiries to Nelya Koteyko Interested candidates are strongly encouraged to get in touch early to discuss the application and any other questions.

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