The University of Leeds is offering a PhD studentship, based in the School of English and the Leeds Centre for Medical Humanities, commencing in February 2014. The student will work on a topic entitled ‘Community health and wellbeing in contemporary British fiction and culture’, and will be supervised by Dr Clare Barker. This PhD will form part of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)-funded project on ‘Representing Communities: Developing the Creative Power of People to Improve Health and Well-being’, which involves collaboration with the universities of Birmingham, Cardiff, Glasgow, Highlands and Islands, and South Wales. This studentship would suit a student with a background in English Studies and an interest in contemporary British fiction and/or health/medical humanities.
This three-year project, led by Professor Gareth Williams (Cardiff School of Social Sciences), is interdisciplinary and involves a team of six co-investigators, five postdoctoral research assistants, and two PhD studentships. Its overarching aim is to establish how community representations produced through creative arts practices (e.g. literary texts, performance, visual art) can be used as forms of evidence to inform health-related policy and service development.
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