UBEL Doctoral Training Partnership Pathways
Bloomsbury houses institutions recognised internationally for excellent research in archaeological and heritage disciplines and proven excellence at teaching and fostering research in the subjects. Students can approach this funded pathway through 6 training routes, depending on the nature of their research interests and training needs: Archaeological Practice, Cultural Heritage Studies, Heritage Studies, Public Archaeology, Heritage Science and Sustainable Heritage. Students can undertake study either part-time, or full-time, and can enter the doctoral programme either via a 1-year Masters or directly into a PhD. Each of these routes builds on the concentration of academic resources between partnering institutions, including the Institute of Archaeology, Institute for Sustainable Heritage, Raphael Samuel History Centre, and partnerships with the British Museum and Museum of London. Students will carry out cutting-edge research through our active archaeological and heritage field projects both in the UK and across the globe, and will develop their skills through teaching provision across our programme in central London. Interested students should approach relevant possible supervisors at any of our partner institutions to discuss their proposed research projects in the first instance; alternatively, interested students should contact a representative within the relevant department: Birkbeck: Dr Caroline Goodson; UCL, Institute of Archaeology: Miss Lisa Daniel; UCL, Centre for Sustainable Heritage: Dr Kalliopi Fouseki; UEL, Dr Toby Butler.
View staff supervision interests for the Archaeology and Heritage Studies pathway.
Gender and Sexuality research in the UCL, Bloomsbury and East London DTP is vibrant and diverse. It is characterised by interdisciplinarity and the innovative use of mixed methods. Expertise within the DTP is provided in the areas of gender and: international development (Birkbeck, SOAS, UCL, UEL); psychosocial studies and sociology (Birkbeck, UCL, UEL); law (Birkbeck, SOAS); media and cultural studies (Birkbeck, SOAS, UCL, UEL); sexuality and history (Birkbeck, UCL, UEL); and education and childhood studies (UCL, UEL). Cross-cutting research themes include issues of gender in social movements, citizenship and participation; the life-course, care, love and home; space, place, nation and the environment; ‘race’/ethnicity, migration, diaspora and belonging; violence, state violence and war; learning and higher education; human rights, journalism and new media; embodiment; communities and collective life; empire and postcoloniality; religion. The consortium members have particular regional expertise in Africa, Asia/Pacific region, the Middle East and Latin America.
The Gender and Sexuality pathway offers 1+3 routes at Birkbeck and UCL IOE, and +3 routes at Birkbeck, SOAS, UCL and UEL. These routes provide robust research training with opportunities for students to follow their diverse interests and training needs. The Birkbeck-based 1+3 route is linked to the MSc Social Research The UCL IOE-based route is linked to the Education, Gender and International Development programmes, which are part of IOE’s extensive education-related provision. Students entering the +3 routes will have already completed a masters involving social science research, and will have received good preliminary training in both quantitative and qualitative research methods, as well as having some background in gender/ sexuality issues. All routes are offered in full-time and part-time modes; the taught component of the Birkbeck-based route is available in the evenings.
Potential PhD students should apply first (by 1 December 2016) to the institution of their choice using the normal application procedure.
Selected applicants will then have the opportunity to complete the DTP application process by 3 February 2017.
The Health and Wellbeing pathway involves LSHTM, Birkbeck and UEL and offers three training routes. The Health Economics and the Social Science Approaches in Public Health & Health Services Research routes are based at LSHTM and are available as 1+3, +3 or +4 studentships. The Psychological Approaches to Health & Wellbeing route is based at Birkbeck and 1+3 and +3 studentships are available. Co-supervision and training in qualitative methods, particularly narrative research, is available at UEL. LSHTM has a global reputation for public health research in high-, middle-, and low-income settings and the Faculty of Public Health and Policy – which is made up of three large interdisciplinary departments and over 150 social scientists – conducts a wide range of research using the full spectrum of quantitative and qualitative approaches. Large official research centres reflect the thematic orientation (e.g. the Centre for Evaluation, the Gender Violence and Health Centre). Birkbeck’s Department of Psychological Sciences complements the work conducted at LSHTM and has world class researchers in the psychology of health and wellbeing, offering a wide range of methodological expertise. Within the department there are two principal research groups in health and wellbeing. The Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis Research Group acts as a hub for a wide range of national and international activities and resources, and conducts research in the psychology of health and wellbeing. The Institute for the Study of Children, Families, and Social Issues conducts major funded evaluations of programmes and policy initiatives that address national and international priorities in education, child and family health, and parenting support aimed at providing evidence to inform social policy. The Centre for Narrative Research at UEL is the leading centre for narrative work in the social sciences. The centre runs ‘narrative methods’ training days and symposia and several Masters level modules in narrative research and analysis.
For LSHTM routes potential applicants should email email@example.com. Other contacts will be confirmed shortly.
Alfredo Saad Filho
The International Development (ID) pathway draws upon London’s unique concentration of academic institutions, funding agencies and local and international NGOs to offer an unrivalled concentration of expertise in and around ID. All participating institutions are strongly committed to interdisciplinary qualitative and quantitative research and fieldwork, and seek to contribute to policymaking in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Research is rooted in a range of disciplines, including anthropology, culture and media studies, economics, education, epidemiology, gender and sexuality studies, geography, mathematics, medicine, political ecology, policy analysis, political economy, political science, sociology, and sustainability and climate change. This approach to research and policy intervention allows us to produce scholarship that blends innovative approaches with rigorous empirical analysis across a range of contexts. Within these parameters, each institution retains distinctive strengths:
- The SOAS Departments of Development Studies and Economics are internationally recognised for their distinctive and original approaches to the political economy of development, violence and conflict, migration, political ecology, and related topics.
- The UCL Development Planning Unit (DPU) is one of the foremost development planning schools in the anglophone world. The DPU’s research agenda focuses on social, physical, economic and political changes in a globalising and urbanising world, across diversity, social complexity and planned intervention; states and markets; urban transformations; and environmental justice, urbanisation and resilience.
- The UCL Institute for Global Health (IGH) delivers world-class research on global health and development, with particular strengths in women’s, reproductive and children’s health, the health effects of climate change, risk analysis, and the health of vulnerable populations.
- The UCL Institute of Education (IOE) offers the largest concentration of research in education and international development in the UK, with specific expertise in gender, migration, health and wellbeing, planning, teacher development, education systems, higher education pedagogies, and critical policy analysis.
- The UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction (IRDR) leads research in risk analysis, vulnerability analysis, disaster preparedness, disaster management and recovery and reconstruction across hazards (from space weather to earthquakes to climate change) and vulnerabilities (from corruption to poverty).
- ID research at UEL is centred in the School of Social Sciences and the Centre for Social Justice and Social Change. Its work is interdisciplinary, with a focus on grassroots organisations, collectives and commons, gender, faith and development, the third sector, urban and rural poverty, the North-South poverty debates and humanitarian interventions.
- The LSHTM Department of Global Health and Development (GHD) is structured around groups in Anthropology, Politics and Policy (APP), Social and Mathematical Epidemiology (SaME), and Health Economics and Systems Analysis (HESA). GHD hosts research programmes combining public health, health systems research, health economics, anthropology and policy analysis, and has an international reputation for its work on advancing affordability, equity, and coverage of health care in LMIC, as well as for rigorous evaluation methods to strengthen the policy evidence base.
Interested students should approach potential supervisors at any of our partner institutions to discuss their research projects in the first instance; alternatively, please contact the DTP representative in the relevant institution: Alfredo Saad Filho, Dina Balabanova, Colin Marx, Melissa Parker, Peter Sammonds, Dimitra Stamogiannou, Jolene Skordis-Worrall, Meera Tiwari and Elaine Unterhalter.
Within the Psychology Pathway, training is represented across three institutions, and a number of departments. Within Birkbeck (BBK), there is the Department of Psychological Sciences. Within the UCL Institute of Education (IOE), there is the Department of Psychology and Human Development. Within the University of East London (UEL), there is the School of Psychology within which are groupings in cognition & neuroscience, addiction, and developmental, health and social psychology. Within UCL, there are four research departments in the Faculty of Brain Sciences within the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences: Experimental Psychology (EP), the UCL Interaction Centre (UCLIC), Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology (CEHP), and the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience (ICN). Some research centres additionally straddle other UCL departments (Computer Science in the case of UCLIC and the Institute of Neurology in the case of the ICN). All these departments have an intensive research focus, with highly visible and internationally leading outputs and facilities, considerable external research income and extensive national and international research collaborations with other institutions. The component departments together offer a wide range of state-of-the-art research facilities, including equipment for multimodal behavioural testing, auditory and visual psychophysics, eye-movement recordings, infant testing, and brain imaging. The Psychology pathway offers great breadth, with interlocking areas of strength in development, education, social change, language, cognition, neuroscience, and computation. Thirteen training routes are available, including Clinical and Health Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Computational Modelling, Deafness and Sign Language, Decision and Cognitive Sciences, Psychology of Education, Developmental Sciences, Educational Neuroscience, Experimental Psychology, Human-Computer Interaction, Occupational and Organisational Psychology, Psychology and Social Change, Social Psychology. Both FT and PT +3 and 1+3 structures are available across all routes, and 2+3 and +4 across some. Specific Masters programmes are aligned with training routes, including some options across institutions.
Interested students should approach relevant possible supervisors at any of our partner institutions to discuss their proposed research projects in the first instance; alternatively, interested students should contact a representative within the relevant department: Birkbeck: Prof. Michael Thomas; UCL Institute of Education: Prof. Emily Farran; UCL: Dr. Paul Marshall; UEL: Prof Mark McDermott.
View staff supervision interests for the Psychology pathway.
UEL contributes 1+3 (through the Masters in Refugee Studies, Conflict, Displacement and Human Security and, from 2018, Media Studies) and +3 training routes to this pathway, as well as providing other supervision and training. Contact: Giorgia Dona, Maja Korac and Jonathan Hardy.Pathway overview
Sociology in the UCL, Bloomsbury and East London DTP is highly innovative and unusual, embracing a range of sociological perspectives and particularly emphasising interdisciplinary social research. Its strengths lie in its wide thematic reach; its innovative and rigorous qualitative methodologies; its global outlook; and its commitment to ‘critical’, theory-building research. At both Birkbeck and UEL there has been ground-breaking sociological research utilising psychoanalytically-informed methods and working with narrative and discourse, which has led to the emerging field of psychosocial studies. The sociology of refugee and migration issues, and of media and culture, are also strong interests. Sociology in the DTP draws primarily on work at Birkbeck and UEL, although extensive sociological research elsewhere (UCL, SOAS) means that there are considerable joint supervision possibilities.
The sociology training routes are based at Birkbeck and UEL. The Birkbeck training route involves two compulsory core methods modules, Intermediate Quantitative Social Research and Qualitative Social Research, plus two further sociological modules from the wide range of Masters programmes in the Departments of Psychosocial Studies or Geography, Environment and Development Studies. The UEL routes rest on a common core of Qualitative and Quantitative Social Research Methods modules, which parallel Birkbeck modules, alongside core Refugee Studies and Conflict, Displacement and Human Security modules, with options from other Social Sciences and Arts and Digital Industries schools masters. Supervision for +3 students will also be able to draw in staff working in Media Studies. At both Birkbeck and UEL, the required modules will all be taken in year 1 of the 1+3 mode (years 1 and 2 of part-time study). All formal teaching at Birkbeck and much at UEL is in the evening, making this provision highly suited to part-time students.
Potential PhD students should apply first (by 1 December 2016) to the department of their choice using the normal application procedure. Eligible departments at Birkbeck are Psychosocial Studies; Geography, Environment and Development Studies; Politics; and Film, Media and Culture Studies. At UEL the relevant departments are in the School of Social Sciences and the School of Arts and Digital Industries. Selected applicants will then have the opportunity to complete the DTP application process by 3 February 2017.