Cultivating good health: the social capacity of workplace communities PhD

Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences
Entry requirements:
3 years
Not available
Reference number:
Start date:
01 April, 01 July or 01 October 2018
UK/EU fees:
International fees:
Application deadline:
April 2018



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Project detail

There is increasing concern that poor diet and inactivity contribute to ill-health and all-cause mortality. This has led to calls for community-based interventions to help people engage in healthy behaviours. Workplaces are communities that play a significant role in influencing health outcomes of their workforce. However, the impact of workplace communities is not fully understood despite their potential influence. This project will examine 1) how workplace social communities emerge; 2) what these communities ‘look like’ (e.g. what clusters of people make up a social group), 3) the ‘healthy lifestyles’ capabilities within these groups and the resources available to them; and 4) what impact these communities have in facilitating or impeding good diet and physical activity behaviours. The project will adopt a using mixed methods to answer these questions. There is opportunity to shape this project to the applicant’s interest and to undertake this either full-time or part-time.


Primary supervisor: Dr Fehmidah Munir

Secondary supervisor: Dr Hilary McDermott

Find out more

For further project details email Dr Fehmidah Munir or register your interest and ask us a question.

Further information about the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences can be found on our website.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in psychology, social sciences, business studies or equivalent.

A relevant Master's degree and / or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: psychology, social sciences, business studies, research methods or equivalent.

All students must also meet the minimum English Language requirements.

Fees and funding


Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.

This is an open call for candidates who are sponsored or who have their own funding. If you do not have funding, you may still apply, however Institutional funding is not guaranteed. Outstanding candidates (UK/EU/International) without funding will be considered for funding opportunities which may become available in the School.

How to apply

All applications should be made online. Under programme name select Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences. Please quote reference number: SSEHS/FM/2