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LCIRAH PhD Studentships 2012: Call for interdisciplinary applications in agriculture and health

The Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH) has been established under a five-year £3.5m grant from The Leverhulme Trust to build an intersectoral and interdisciplinary platform for integrating research in agriculture and health, with a focus on international development goals. This Centre is enabling researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), and Royal Veterinary College (RVC) to work together to develop unifying research approaches and methodologies in ‘AgriHealth’.

As part of this process, LCIRAH is offering three London-based PhD studentships, each 3 years in duration, to start in the 2012/2013 academic year.  Studentships will cover fieldwork costs, student stipend, and UK/EU tuition fees.  Applications from outside the EU/UK will be considered. Each studentship will be registered in one of the Colleges above and jointly supervised by health and agricultural researchers.  We invite student applications on the following three topics. All will be inter-disciplinary projects and we are looking for students with a background in an area related to health or agriculture, who would enjoy and be comfortable with learning and using skills from different disciplines:

1. Source attribution of campylobacter in UK and Kenyan poultry value chains
The PhD will link with MRC funded projects in the UK and Kenya which are led by Professor Sarah O’Brien and Dr Eric Fèvre, respectively.
Details
For more information on this topic contact Dr Jonathan Rushton.

2. Agriculture and Health: Does irrigation reduce the incidence of malaria in sub-Saharan Africa 
Details
For more information on this topic contact Dr Jo Lines.

3. Agriculture and health in low income countries - investigating farm household and wider interactions in Sub Saharan Africa.
Details
For more information on this topic contact Prof Andrew Dorward.

How to apply:  Applicants should apply to the relevant College. The closing date for return of completed application forms to the College is noon on Monday 2 April 2012.

Topic 1: Apply to RVC: Application forms and details about how to apply

Topic 2: Apply to LSHTM: Application forms and details about how to apply

Topic 3: Apply to SOAS: Application forms and details about how to apply