PhD Studentship-Mitigating climate health risk: wellbeing in ageing populations

Anglia Ruskin University
March 03, 2024
Offerd Salary:£18,622
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Job Category

Teaching, Research & Scholarship

Vacancy Type

Fixed term contract

Fixed Term Duration

3 years

Employment Type

Full time

Salary Other

£18,622 per year tax-free stipend (2023-24 rate)



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About ARU:

We are ranked in the world's top 350 institutions in the 2022 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, and we are a global university transforming lives through innovative, inclusive and entrepreneurial education and research. Our research institutes and four faculties bridge scientific, technical and creative fields. We deliver impactful research which tackles pressing issues and makes a real difference to our communities. Our academic excellence has been recognised by the UK's Higher Education funding bodies, with 16 of our research areas assessed as world-leading. In 2021, we were awarded the Queen's Anniversary Prize for our world-leading music therapy work.

About the Role:

Anglia Ruskin University is inviting applications for a fully-funded Vice- Chancellor's PhD Scholarship for a period of 36 months within the School of Allied Health and Social Care, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences.

Project Description

Climate change is the most important challenge of our times, with the potential to aggravate and cause serious health problems and population level changes in the wellbeing of whole communities. A recent UN report highlighted the urgent need for practical approaches to mitigate the impact of climate change amongst vulnerable people and communities. As the impacts of climate change become more severe, the UK has begun to recognise that those who are older, vulnerable, and have multiple needs are at the eye of the storm in relation to climate risks and shock events.

This project will investigate the health risks related to climate change at a local level, based on population health data and perceptions of older people to identify health and wellbeing strategies to enable ‘place-based' mitigation.

This project will target two areas in the East of England (EofE) - Peterborough and Colchester - which share a profile that is consistent in terms of the Indices of Multiple Deprivation (IMD), demonstrating a need to increase resilience at community level. It will draw on co-production methods with older people to develop a shared vision for health improvement that is locality-based and establishes a conceptual ‘sense of place' with older adult participants.

The objectives are (1) To scope the literature relating to climate risk for older communities, acknowledging and including diverse groups and the rural context; (2) Undertake a participatory process to identify key stakeholders and to prioritise the outcomes for the research; (3) Design a comparative place-based investigation using the age-friendly cities and communities' framework; (4) Select ethnographic approaches to understand the climate risk and potential resilience measures for older adults in the context of their health and wellbeing experience and (5) Report on and plan dissemination of recommendations for healthcare improvement in relation to healthcare utilisation.

The award is subject to the successful candidate meeting the studentship Terms and Conditions which can be found on our website alongside further information about the project: https: // scholarships and enquiries can be directed to [email protected]

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting welfare of our staff and students and expect all staff to share this commitment.

We value diversity at ARU and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

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