Funded PhD Opportunity

PhD Studentship – Accessing the urban environment for people with dementia, Newcastle City as a Case study 

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on behalf of the Biomedical Research Centre, Newcastle University 

Location: Newcastle 


Contact Email: katie.brittain@ncl.ac.uk

Deadline: 01 May 2014 

PhD Studentship 2014 linked to an EPSRC funded project MyPLACE: 

The studentship will be linked to a wider multi-disciplinary project that aims to advance the concept of the ‘age-friendly city’. The research will focus on Newcastle upon Tyne and the surrounding regions. The studentship will draw on participatory mixed methods to explore the impact that living with dementia has on accessing outside space, particularly how people with dementia experience the use of urban built environments. This studentship will use the concept of place as an analytic and constructive concept towards the development of age-friendly city living. A place-based approach analyses the interactions between architectural space, people’s interactions within that space, and the meanings and values that are associated with particular spaces. It is these interactions through the physical built environment that create places that hold meanings and values and shape social relations between people. 
Studentship code – HS019 

Name of the supervisor(s) Dr K Brittain (Institute of Health and Society, http://www.ncl.ac.uk/ihs/people/profile/katie.brittain

Dr C Degnen (School of Geography, Politics and Society, http://www.ncl.ac.uk/gps/staff/profile/cathrine.degnen). 

Duration of the award: 3 year PhD 

Value of the Award and Eligibility: 

The studentship covers full fees at the Home/EU rate plus a Basic Maintenance Grant (£13,726.) per annum. The student will receive a small contribution for research costs. 

Person Specification: Eligible candidates will be UK/EU honours graduate students with a good 2.1 from a recognised University; they must have completed research methods training in a relevant health and social sciences discipline. Students who are currently undertaking a Masters degree and are expecting to graduate during the 2013-14 academic session are also eligible to apply, taking up this studentship will be contingent upon successful completion of the Masters before Sept 2014. Candidates should demonstrate a committed interest and experience in the field of dementia ageing research, preferably in community contexts. 

For further information contact Dr Katie Brittain: Katie.brittain@newcastle.ac.uk 

Closing date for applications: 5.00 pm on Thursday 1 May 2014 
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