|Funding for:||UK Students, EU Students|
|Placed On:||25th February 2019|
|Closes:||30th April 2019|
Principal supervisor: Dr Jasmeet Kaler
Other supervisors: Dr Fiona Lovatt
This opportunity is based within Ruminant Population Health group at the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science which conducts cutting-edge research into the health and welfare of UK sheep and cattle and has stakeholder decision making as one of its key research themes.
The PhD is part of a highly collaborative multi-partner project (Moredun, Bristol, Glasgow and Nottingham) which brings together the UK’s leading experts on sheep scab from across industry and academia. This multidisciplinary project aims to address the challenge of sheep scab management via further understanding epidemiology of scab, optimisation of tools for diagnosis and understanding farmer behaviour and attitudes towards scab management.
Scab is caused by infestation with the ectoparasitic mite, Psoroptes ovis and is highly contagious, resulting in intense pruritus and represents a major welfare and economic concern for the livestock industry. Despite statutory and voluntary control programmes, scab control has met with limited success. Scab has historically had a negative stigma resulting in significant levels of under-reporting by farmers. Combining recent advances in behaviour and implementation science and tools and frameworks from sociology, psychology and behavioural economics, this PhD will provide further understanding of farmers beliefs, perception of risks and the trade-offs they make in their decision making for scab control. We are particularly interested in how habits, norms and perception of risk influence farmers behaviours related to scab management and how they vary among upland and lowland farmers.
We will collect data from farmers via interviews, focus groups and discrete choice survey to explore the process of decision making (using frameworks from sociology, psychology and economics) for scab control. Data will be analysed using qualitative and quantitative methods (choice modelling). Results of this PhD will be combined with scab transmission models developed by partners in the consortium to gain insight into real life dynamics and design effective control strategies for scab.
Further information and Application
This PhD is interdisciplinary in nature and as such would suit applicants from a wide range of backgrounds, including (but not limited to) candidates with 2.1 undergraduate degrees in Veterinary Science or Animal Science or Social Sciences or Psychology. MSc’s in a relevant subject would be an advantage.
Candidates should apply online http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/pgstudy/how-to-apply/apply-online.aspx and include a CV. When completing the online application form, please ensure that you state that you are applying for a postgraduate position within the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science.
September 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter. This is a 3 year studentship funded by VMD. The position will receive a tax free stipend per annum at the national RCUK rate (for 2018/19, is £14,777).
The position will be filled when suitable candidates have been identified. Early application encouraged.
Eligibility for Funding
Only EU/UK resident
Type / Role: