PhD Opportunity: ‘Everyday knowledges on street dogs and public health’

Submission Deadline: 7th February 2022

https://www.ed.ac.uk/geosciences/study/degrees/research-degrees/phd-projects/social-sciences?item=1464

Summary

This student-led PhD project will investigate everyday knowledges related to street dogs and public health in India. The overarching aim is to examine non-Eurocentric knowledges of health at the street dogs-human interface.

Project background

This studentship is for a PhD project that explores non-Eurocentric (e.g., traditional, experiential, local, indigenous etc.) understandings and knowledges of how human-street dog interactions shape human health, and how multispecies health can be enabled. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to independently design, in consultation with doctoral supervisors, a PhD project based on qualitative social science and humanities methods within this broad remit. This includes developing research goals and questions, identifying research sites, and formulating the necessary research methods and activities.

The studentship will be situated within a Wellcome Trust Collaborative Award in Humanities and Social Sciences ‘Remaking One Health: Decolonial approaches to street dogs and rabies prevention in India’ (ROH-Indies). The larger interdisciplinary project investigates why rabies persists as a public health problem in India, building on research that suggests that the answer might lie in insufficient understanding of everyday people-dog relations and multispecies health.

Research questions

Applicants should develop research questions as part of the research proposal that they submit while applying:

Applicants should submit a 2000-word research proposal within the remit of the advertised project that covers research context, research aim and questions, research design and methods, relevant training/experience (including language/fieldwork skills).

Methodology

Applicants should develop a research design, including methods, as part of the research proposal that they submit while applying:

Applicants should submit a 2000-word research proposal within the remit of the advertised project that covers research context, research aim and questions, research design and methods, relevant training/experience (including language/fieldwork skills).

Training

The successful student will have the opportunity to undertake training to strengthen their knowledge of qualitative research methods and human-animal studies, and to enhance their skills in interdisciplinary research.

Requirements

A master’s degree (completed or close to completion) or equivalent in human geography or allied social sciences/humanities, and familiarity with the field of human-animal studies and qualitative research methods. Experience of conducting research in India and knowledge of one or more Indian languages is desirable

References

Supervisors

Krithika Srinivasan School of GeoSciences K.Srinivasan@ed.ac.uk
Chris Pearson University of Liverpool chris.pearson@liverpool.ac.uk www.liverpool.ac.uk/history/staff/christopher-pearson/

Additional Information

Funding: This scholarship covers tuition fees (UK or International), 3 years of stipend and a fieldwork bursary.

Eligibility: UK, EU and Overseas applicants.

How to apply: Please click on the Application Process button below and submit an application for the PhD Human Geography and Environmental Sciences with a September 2022 start date. You will need to upload your transcripts and certificates and indicate the contact details of two referees.

In the Research Proposal upload field you must upload a document combining your proposal (as per guidance provided in project details) and a CV. You are also required to contact the supervisors prior to applying. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Application Process

https://www.ed.ac.uk/studying/postgraduate/degrees/index.php?r=site/view&edition=2022&id=105