Social Sciences

Vice-Chancellor's Researcher Development Scheme

School of Social Sciences

Studentships are available in the following areas: 

  • Psychology (Vice-Chancellor's Researcher Development Scheme and School funded projects)
  • Social Work and Health (School funded projects) 
  • Politics and International Relations (School funded projects) 
  • Sociology (School funded projects).

Psychology

The following projects are available in the Vice-Chancellor's Researcher Development Scheme:

  • Evaluating the role of executive function in readiness to learn Dr Lucy Betts
  • Treatment of online addiction in the UK - Dr Daria Kuss
  • Identification of inflammatory and neurocognitive biomarkers and treatment of depression in women with breast cancer - Dr Alex Sumich
  • Blackmail via the internet: an emerging modus operandi for sexual offenders - Professor Belinda Winder.

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The following projects are available as School funded projects: 

  • Lad culture: a discursive analysis - Dr. Sarah Seymour-Smith
  • Identifying predictors of poor social and role functioning to limit future disability in people with schizophrenia - Dr Eva Sundin
  • Talking while driving: The effect of speech production on the acquisition of peripheral information during hazard perception - Dr Angela Young
  • Computer-Assisted Measurement of Individual Differences in Autistic Perceptual, Attentional and Motor Traits - Matthew K Belmonte
  • The effectiveness of a school-based, non-directive play intervention for primary school children at risk of emotional and behavioural difficulties - Janine Coates
  • Testing and training the visual search of lifeguards - David Crundall
  • An exploration of treatment efficacy of sex offenders with Autism Spectrum Disorders - Gayle Dillon
  • Substance-related and behavioural addictions: Impact on neurocognitive function and mental health and wellbeing - Dr Florentia Hadjiefthyvoulou
  • Neurophysiological underpinnings of age-related changes in reinforcement sensitivity: application to behaviour modifications in individuals with callous-unemotional traits - Dr Nadja Heym
  • Ageing effects on the rate of visual information accrual - Dr Christina Howard
  • Closing the language gap: using training programs to overcome children's language difficulties - Gary Jones
  • Investigating Social Identity Transitions in Eating Disorder Recovery - Niamh McNamara
  • Neurodynamics of social conflict - Preethi Premkumar
  • Development of a model of suicide risk for prison and community offender populations - Dr Karen Slade
  • Changing children's cognitive perceptions and attitudes towards nature - James Stiller
  • Syntactic planning in the production of multi-sentence, spontaneous text - Mark Torrance
  • Investigating Factors That Predict Group Identification In Branches of the Royal British Legion - Juliet Wakefield.

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Social Work and Health

  • Crossing the threshold: understanding and responding to adults with multiple and complex needs - Dr Graham Bowpitt
  • Barriers to Escaping Poverty – The Experiences of Lone Parent Families in China - Dr Chak-Kwan Chan
  • Exploring a socio-ecological framework for comprehensive breast cancer intervention in the context of Uganda and its implication for global policy and practice - Dr Linda Gibson
  • Do current approaches to mothers within child protection social work re-victimise women with violent partners? - Elaine Arnul
  • Assessing the use of research and evidence in local authority service design and delivery for children and young people: Testing a model for improvement - Dr Adam Barnard

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Politics and International Relations

  • The Human Subject and Attitudes to Nature - Dr Ros Hague
  • A Critical Analysis of the challenges to the transition from State Owned to Private Owned Enterprises in Modernising states - Dr Liam McCarthy
  • A Critical Analysis of Counter-Radicalisation Policy in Europe and/or the Middle East - Dr Chris Baker-Beall
  • The Political Economy of Energy Security and Nuclear Energy Proliferation in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) - Dr Imad El-Anis
  • Young people and political (dis)engagement - Professor Matt Henn

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Sociology

  • Exploring the role and value of university chaplaincy in contemporary UK higher education institutions - Dr Michael Keenan
  • Human Rights and the City - Dr. Michele Grigolo
  • The Practical Application of Cultural Theory - Dr Jason Pandya-Wood
  • Investigating factors impacting on the health experiences and outcomes of Muslim communities living in the UK to inform public health policy and practice developments - Dr Jason Pandya-Wood

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Important note: all applications for the projects described below must be accompanied by a research proposal, which should be no longer than 1 side of A4 (including reference list). Proposals should (1) identify the proposed research supervisor from the list shown below, and (2) give details of your proposed research project. The proposal should be clearly aligned to the PhD topics listed.