ESRC DTP Interdisciplinary Studentship 2023

University of Cambridge
January 01, 2023
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ESRC DTP Interdisciplinary Studentship 2023

Cambridge ESRC DTP Interdisciplinary Studentship 2023: Influences on differential mortality in the 1918 Influenza pandemic

The University of Cambridge ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership DTP is pleased to offer an interdisciplinary studentship available for admission in October 2023.

The studentship is open as either a one-year masters followed by three-year doctoral programme or a three-year doctoral programme and will be co- supervised by Professor Alice Reid Department of Geography and Dr Andrew Conlan Department of Veterinary Medicine.

Project description: The experience of living through the Covid19 pandemic has re-focused attention on the interdisciplinary nature of understanding infectious disease ¿ particularly how to explain the differential impact on different groups within society. Some societal groups suffer more than others because of the interaction between the way a particular disease outbreak manifests (e.g. mode of transmission, incubation period, infectivity, case-fatality) and the behavioural and structural forces which lead to differential vulnerability and exposure to risk. In addition, societal responses, including individual behaviour and governmental or organisational non-pharmaceutical interventions, can disrupt (or possibly exacerbate) transmission pathways and produce important feedback mechanisms.

As the most widespread and deadly pandemic in an era with relatively good data, the 1918 influenza pandemic provides an ideal case study for the study of geographic patterns over different time frames. Largely neglected for much of the 20th century, research on the 1918 outbreak has enjoyed a considerable revival, and recent studies reveal its unequal impact and the role of social and structural influences. However, research is still mostly focused on individual countries and localised experiences, and has largely taken place within particular disciplinary boundaries (history, economics, or medicine for example). There is still little consensus of how the pandemic spread over space and why some countries and localities suffered more severely than others. This studentship will therefore offer an opportunity to contribute to this area of knowledge from an interdisciplinary perspective. It will involve the collation of a range of existing data, which can be analysed using demographic methods, paying attention to contextual issues and influences, and developing theories and hypotheses for the observed differences in spread. To address the dynamic feedback between changes in behaviour and the risk of transmission during a pandemic, mathematical models will be developed to explore scenarios and make testable predictions based on the identified hypotheses. The student will be encouraged to design their own project according to their interests, within this broad remit of investigating the influences on differential mortality from the 1918 influenza pandemic.

Cambridge ESRC DTP studentships are open to all students who meet the required academic conditions.

An ESRC DTP studentship will cover Home rate fees and provide £17,668 p.a. in living costs (current rates). DTP students also receive a personal allowance for additional training costs, and can apply for further funding to pursue fieldwork, academic exchange, and collaboration with non-academic partner organisations.

What to do next: You can find out more about the Cambridge ESRC DTP at: https: // www. and read about some of the opportunities that will be available to you. You can find out more about the Department of Geography at https: // www. and the Department of Veterinary Medicine at https: // www.

Please address any questions about this studentship to Professor Alice Reid at

Applications for this studentship should be made to the Department of Geography (see https: // www.


Please quote reference LC34320 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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    Department of Geography, Cambridge






    22 November 2022

    Closing date

    1 January 2023

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