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University of Hull

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Kingston upon Hull
Funding for: UK Students
Funding amount: Fee waiver for 21/22 is £4500 (Home fee) and the maintenance grant is £15609
Hours: Full Time, Part Time
Placed On: 10th November 2021
Closes: 7th January 2022

Digital Dimensions of COVID-19 Death Across Communities

About this project

Applications are invited for undertaking research for a PhD research project entitled ‘Digital Dimensions of COVID-19 Death Across Communities’. This project will investigate new and changing affordances of digital technologies in saying goodbye, conducting funerals, ways of mourning, expressing grief, consolation and memorialisation focussing on families and bereavement service providers.

Within the scope of the project, in order to evaluate the affordances of digital technologies to manage socially-distanced death-related practices for death professionals, bereaved families (including children), friends and co-workers, the successful applicant will address the following research questions:

  • How are/were digital technologies being provided for/used by bereavement service providers and mourners during the pandemic?
  • To what extent are digital technologies shaping new death-related practices and changing old ones?
  • What are the impacts of digital technologies for the bereaved in managing (socially-distanced) grief and bereavement?

It is anticipated that a range of qualitative and quantitative research methods will be used.

As this is an interdisciplinary cluster, the successful candidate will be a member of the Department of Psychological Health, Well-Being and Social Work, have additional supervisors from Human Geography and English and also have a base in the ‘Living with Death – Learning from COVID’s’ home Department of Geography, Geology and Environment at the University of Hull.

For informal enquiries, please contact lead PhD project supervisor will be Dr Jo Bell (J.Bell@hull.ac.uk), Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychological Health, Well-Being and Social Work at the University of Hull.

About the ‘Living with Death – Learning from COVID’ research cluster

This multi-disciplinary research cluster programme with five PhD projects will investigate, identify, understand and suggest mitigations for the unintended medium-longer term consequences of socially distanced death. In collaborating across social sciences, health and humanities the cluster will engage with and evaluate approaches (e.g. funeral practices, story telling) to alleviating the intense suffering, grief and bereavement of COVID-19.

The ‘Living with Death – Learning from COVID’ research cluster is led by PI Dr Elsbeth Robson, Reader in Human Geography (e.robson@hull.ac.uk).

Funding

The successful applicant will receive a fee waiver and a maintenance grant / stipend for three years (full-time) or five years (part-time), which covers the research period of the PhD. The fee waiver for 21/22 is £4500 (Home fee) and the maintenance grant is £15609. This rises each year in line with the UKRI’s recommended stipend allowance.

Submission of thesis

Submission of your final thesis is expected within three years and three months from the start of your PhD scholarship for full time and within five years and six months if studying part-time.

If you need to move into a fourth year (full time) or sixth year (part-time) to complete your thesis, please note that you will not receive a tuition fee waiver or maintenance grant during this period.

Eligibility, entry requirements and how to apply To find out more about the eligibility criteria, entry requirements and how to apply, please visit the University of Hull PhD scholarships webpage.

International applicants

This opportunity comes with a home fee waiver only.

Closing date for applications

17.00 on Friday 7th January 2022.

 

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