The Poverty Alliance is delighted to be collaborating with Strathclyde Centre for Health Policy, Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership, The UK Mental Health Foundation and New York University Silver School of Social Work on this PhD opportunity.
The PhD at Strathclyde will examine the role that community based organisations can and do have in addressing mental health inequalities in Scotland. Covid has brought the issue of mental health inequalities to the fore and this research will examine the experiences of community development organisations and activists across Scotland to understand what they are currently doing in this area, and how they view their roles in enabling change. The core focus will be shaped with the applicant.
The PhD will be based at Strathclyde Centre for Health Policy which works across all Faculties of the University. In addition to academic supervision you will be supported and guided by three strategic partners: Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership (co-funder), The UK Mental Health Foundation and The Poverty Alliance. It will also collaborate with the University of Strathclyde’s International Strategic Partnership with New York University Silver School of Social Work, which has undertaken extensive research on mental health and poverty.
For this opportunity we are looking for an individual who not only has the right research skills and interests, but also has direct experience of poverty. There is no single ‘lived experience’ of poverty: the experience may relate to a period of homelessness, or to an experience of unemployment or low pay. It may relate to experiences of discrimination on the grounds of race, gender or disability, or due to experience of migration or refugee status. You may have experienced poverty as a result of caring responsibilities or because you are a lone parent. We believe that some direct experience of poverty will be beneficial in delivering the key support requirements of this post.
Deadline for applications 23rd May
There is also another funded PhD opportunity currently available at Strathclyde.
This exciting international PhD will focus on the emergence of ‘thriving city’ initiatives that have developed in recent years in Europe and North America to promote the mental health and wellbeing of their residents. It will focus upon ‘Thriving City’ models that may include: Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dublin, West Midlands, London, Bristol, Stockholm, Amsterdam, New York, Philadelphia and Vancouver. The candidate will examine the experiences of stakeholders (including politicians, public sector leaders, businesses and community organisations) in the establishment, implementation, sustainability and impact of these initiatives. It will identify key elements of the ‘thriving city’ model across these sites and how lessons learned from the experience of existing thriving city initiatives can inform future developments. This core focus will be decided with the successful applicant.
The PhD is based at Strathclyde University Centre for Health Policy. In addition to academic supervision you will be supported and guided by three strategic partners: Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership; The UK Mental Health Foundation and The International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership. It will also be embedded within the University of Strathclyde’s International Strategic Partnerships with City University of New York, who has had a key role in evaluating the Thrive New York initiative.
Deadline for applications 23rd May