PhD Scholarship in drinking, smoking and sexual risk behaviour

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London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK.

Young people's health is influenced not merely by health services and public-health initiatives but also by the communities in which they live and the wider array of educational and other services they experience.

While there is considerable quantitative research on the influence of schools and local areas on young people's health behaviour, there is little qualitative evidence unpacking the causal 'black-boxes' involved.

This research would examine how young people experience the communities in which they live and, in particular, the public services delivered to them and their families.

It would explore what effects such experiences have on the 'social capital' young people possess and, in turn, the effects this has on various health behaviours and outcomes, particularly in relation to sexual health, smoking and alcohol consumption.

Initially, the research could focus on schools and involve observations plus interviews with particular members of schools' staff and students.

After this the researcher might gradually move out of the schools to explore, through observations and interviews, the importance of organisations and activities outside schools (such as youth clubs, families, health services) in the development of sexual and substance-use behaviours and outcomes.

This project will be based in the Public & Environmental Health Research Unit, in the Department of Public Health & Policy.

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, an internationally renowned postgraduate institution for public health and tropical medicine, invites applications for Graduate Teaching Assistantships.

These represent a unique and exciting opportunity to undertake original research at doctoral level and to start an academic career through teaching.

Each Assistantship will provide funds for PhD tuition fees together with £14,000 per annum maintenance support for up to four years.

Students will be full-time, ready to start in September 2007 and are expected to complete PhD training within the period of the studentship whilst providing teaching assistance at Master’s level for 10 hours per week.

We are looking for outstanding candidates.

Teaching experience would be an advantage but is not essential as training will be provided to support the teaching requirements of the Assistantship.

Follow the links below for more details and application contacts.

Further details, including a list of the research and teaching areas covered by the Assistantships, eligibility and how to apply are available at: PhD Scholarship in drinking, smoking and sexual risk behaviour

or telephone +44 (0)20 7299 4646 for a copy of the application pack.

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