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PhD Studentship: Upscaling Therapeutic Community Gardening as a Green Social Prescription for the Treatment of Mental ill-health

University of Essex - School of Sport, Rehabilitation & Exercise Sciences

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Colchester
Funding for: UK Students
Funding amount: £15,609 annual stipend, plus Home tuition fees, for a maximum of 36 months.
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 13th May 2022
Closes: 18th July 2022
Reference: 11323

Upscaling therapeutic community gardening as a green social prescription for the treatment of mental ill-health

The School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences is offering a fully-funded studentship with an annual stipend of £15,609, plus Home tuition fees, for a maximum of 36 months.

The start date is October 2022

The proposed interdisciplinary PhD will explore strategies for upscaling therapeutic community gardening as a green social prescription for the treatment of mental ill-health in the UK. The key aims of the studentship will be to:

  1. Identify the current UK provision of therapeutic community gardening as a green social prescription for the treatment of mental ill-health.
  2. Summarise the existing evidence-base regarding the health benefits of therapeutic community gardening for individuals with mental ill-health, and the barriers to referral, uptake, and attendance.
  3. Develop and implement strategies to overcome the barriers to referral, uptake, and attendance at therapeutic community gardens.

About you

To apply for this studentship, it is essential that you match the following criteria;

  • An undergraduate science degree 2:1 or above
  • Experience of research design
  • Experience of qualitative and/or quantitative statistical analysis

About us

This project will be supervised by three experienced members of research staff from across two different schools; Dr Carly Wood (lead supervisor) and Dr Jo Barton from The School of Sport, Rehabilitation & Exercise Sciences, and Professor Gina Reinhardt from the Department of Government. To have an informal discussion about the studentship, please contact Carly on cjwood@essex.ac.uk  

How to apply

Application closing date: 18 July 2022

You can apply for this postgraduate research opportunity online.

Applications MUST include the following documents to be uploaded:

  • Research proposal of no more than 600 words, outlining suggested research focus(es), approach(es) and/or studies that applicants would be interested to include within their PhD.
  • CV 
  • Covering letter
  • Transcripts of any undergraduate or masters programmes.

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