PhD Studentship


GambleAware wishes to fund one new PhD project with effect from autumn 2018. The project should be related to our aims, objectives and programme themes and the successful applicant will be funded for a three-year PhD programme. The closing date for applications is 31 May 2018.

GambleAware is the leading charity in the UK committed to minimising gambling-related harm. As an independent national charity funded by donations from the gambling industry, GambleAware funds education, prevention and treatment services and commissions research to broaden public understanding of gambling-related harm. GambleAware’s aim is to stop people getting into problems with their gambling, and ensure that those that do develop problems receive fast and effective treatment and support. Our research programme is unique in being solely dedicated to issues relating to problem gambling and gambling-related harm in Britain.

Applicants should be familiar with the strategy and priorities of the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board, as set out in the National Responsible Gambling Strategy 2016-17 – 2018-19 and Research Programme 2017 - 2019. These can be found by following the web links at

Funding is provided for a PhD programme lasting three years in total.

The following principles underpin our PhD funding programme:

  • We aim to support research that offers practical recommendations and proposes solutions to both minimise gambling harm and enhance treatment and education/prevention services
  • Researchers are encouraged to address questions that are raised by policy makers, regulators and practitioners
  • As far as possible, people affected by gambling-related harm should be engaged throughout the research process
  • Research findings should be communicated through a variety of means to suit multiple audiences
  • Policy-makers and providers of education/prevention and treatment services should be enabled to interpret and apply research findings.

GambleAware has the following priorities for PhD research:

  • Understanding and measuring harm
    • Developing understanding of specific areas of gambling-related harm, at the level of individuals, affected others or communities/society.
  • Gambling and health or social inequalities.
  • Insights from the lived experience of those negatively affected by gambling, including seldom heard groups.
  • Understanding the determinants of gambling difficulties or harms and the needs of different groups of people, defined by socio-demographic or psycho-social factors.
  • Increased understanding of the effects of gambling product characteristics and gambling environments and their interaction with consumer vulnerabilities.
  • What works in education and prevention of gambling-related harm.
  • Building the quality and capacity of treatment
    • Innovative, cost effective, recovery-oriented approaches to support and treatment for those experiencing problems with gambling and affected others.
  • The changing nature and future of gambling, risks and harms – intersections of gambling, video and social gaming and esports.

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