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PhD Studentship: Co-Developing Intervention Resources to Support Families of Children with Avid Eating Behaviour

Midlands Graduate School Doctoral Training Partnership - ESRC DTP Collaborative Studentship

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Birmingham
Funding for: UK Students, International Students
Funding amount: Refer to the advert text
Hours: Full Time, Part Time
Placed On: 26th January 2024
Closes: 25th February 2024

Aston University and the Food Systems Team at Birmingham Public Health Division

The Midlands Graduate School is an accredited Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP). One of 15 such partnerships in the UK, the Midlands Graduate School is a collaboration between the Universities of Warwick, Birmingham, Nottingham, Aston Leicester, Loughborough, De Montfort and Nottingham Trent.

Aston University as part of Midlands Graduate School is now inviting applications for an ESRC Doctoral Studentship in association with our collaborative partner at the Public Health Division in Birmingham City Council, to commence in October 2024.

Project description:

The project is led by academics at Aston University, Loughborough University and the Food Systems Team at Birmingham Public Health Division. It provides a unique opportunity to conduct research about children’s eating behaviour whilst also gaining skills in intervention development, public health, engagement and impact.

Childhood obesity is a serious public health concern which places children at significant risk of developing diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and some cancers later in life. The factors that influence childhood obesity are complex and for interventions to be successful they need to be tailored to the individual needs of families and children. Some children are more vulnerable to obesity than others due to their genetic susceptibility in an environment where palatable food is abundant and accessible.

We are currently running a project with a large group of families and children measuring patterns of eating behaviour and exploring which parental feeding practices and behaviours are most effective to support healthy eating in children who are most likely to develop obesity. This PhD project presents an exciting opportunity for a PhD student to join our team of researchers and support the development of our work on childhood eating behaviour. They will take the project to the next stage of co-developing and exploring the feasibility of a tailored intervention for families of children with avid appetites.

The methodology of the PhD will likely include focus groups with families, creative workshops with key stakeholders who work with families and children living with obesity, and the development of a prototype intervention to support families and children. The PhD student will publish peer-reviewed academic papers and work with a well-established team of researchers in the area of children’s eating behaviour. In collaboration with the Public Health team they will gain experience with a range of key stakeholders and have the opportunity to understand more about real-world impact of academic work, public health and community engagement.

Application Process

To be considered for this PhD, please complete the Collaborative Studentship application form available online here. Please upload an anonymised CV and cover letter as part of the online application process. Shortlisted applicants will also be required to provide transcripts and two references.

Application deadline: 25th February

Midlands Graduate School ESRC DTP

Our ESRC studentships cover fees at the home rate, a maintenance stipend, and extensive support for research training, as well as research activity support grants. Support is available to both home and international applicants. For further details, visit: www.mgsdtp.ac.uk/studentships/eligibility/.

Informal enquiries about the research or the School of Psychology at Aston University prior to application can be directed to Professor Claire Farrow: c.farrow@aston.ac.uk

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