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PhD: Co-developing intervention resources to support families of children with avid eating behaviour, ESRC DTP Collaborative Studentship, Aston University, UK

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Project description (via Midlands Graduate School DTP)

The PhD project on the topic of childhood eating behaviour will focus on co-developing and feasibility testing tailored intervention resources to support families of children with avid eating behaviour. The project is led by academics at Aston University, Loughborough University and the Food Systems Team at Birmingham Public Health Division. It provides a unique opportunity to conduct research about children’s eating behaviour whilst also gaining skills in intervention development, public health, engagement and impact. 

This PhD project presents an exciting opportunity for a PhD student to join our team of researchers and work with colleagues at Aston University, Loughborough University and the Birmingham Food System Team, part of Birmingham Public Health Division. The PhD student will support the development of our work on childhood eating behaviour and will take the project to the next stage of co-developing and exploring the feasibility of a tailored intervention for families of children with avid appetites. The PhD student will conduct focus groups with families to explore their views regarding the most effective ways to support children with avid appetites. The PhD student will lead creative workshops with key stakeholders who work with families and children living with obesity regarding a proposed intervention, and will develop a prototype intervention to support families and children. They will publish peer-reviewed academic papers and work with a well-established team of researchers working in the area of children’s eating behaviour. Working with the Food Systems team in the Public Health Division they will gain experience with a range of key stakeholders and have the opportunity to understand more about real-world impact of academic work, how to influence policy development and collaborate across disciplines. They will gain unique practical experience and have networking and community engagement opportunities. 

Application Process

To be considered for this PhD, please complete the Collaborative Studentship application form available online at the Midlands Graduate School ESRC DTP website. Please upload an anonymised CV and cover letter as part of the online application process. Shortlisted applicants will also be required to provide transcripts and two references.

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