Open University, ESRC ‘Grand Union’ funded PhD Studentships in Health and Wellbeing commencing October 2018

Open University - Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)

The Open University is offering full- and part-time PhD studentships in health and wellbeing funded in collaboration with the ESRC funded Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership. Achieving good health and supporting wellbeing for all is essential to achieving social justice, and this lies at the heart of the Open University’s mission. We are keen to attract students to work with us on research that locates the experiences of service users, ‘patients’, carers, family members and practitioners at the fore of inquiry. We place value on participatory and inclusive research particularly with individuals that are marginalised, ‘hard to reach’ or have complex needs. Our research draws on various methodologies and forms of analysis and much is based on multidisciplinary work across the social sciences, in particular drawing on medical sociology, critical psychology, anthropology and other critical, applied social sciences.

Applications are invited on one or more of the following themes:

  • age, ageing and later life
  • children, young people, parenting and families
  • death, dying and bereavement
  • disability and long-term conditions
  • reproductive and sexual health

Interested? For more information on the application process see:

To inquire about these studentships contact Dr Lindsay O’Dell by email:

Closing date 19th January 2018. Interviews to be held in late February 2018.

Equal Opportunity is University Policy

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