PhD study in the Yunus Centre 

We have a lively and supportive, interdisciplinary research environment in the Yunus Centre.   At any time there are up to 12 PhD students co-located in the Centre.  Meet our current students supervised by academics in the Centre.  PhD students are integrated into the life of the Centre, attend Centre staff meetings and sit in thematic teams with academic staff and researchers. 

Our researchers have academic backgrounds in a range of disciplines, mostly focused in the social sciences:  anthropology, economics, social policy, political science, history, geography and sociology.   Methodologically our expertise includes participatory methods, economic evaluation, preference elicitation and valuation in health economics, ethnography, qualitative and mixed methods, realist evaluation, survey methods, and econometrics.

We welcome students wanting to conduct doctoral research related to solidarity and the social economy; economics for health and wellbeing; community development, citizenship and participation. 

Our staff have particular interests in:

  • the interface between social innovation and health,
  • rurality
  • migration
  • social innovation as means of tackling inequalities or creating social change
  • civil society / the social economy and social inclusion
  • co-production
  • fair finance and financial inclusion
  • health economics and evaluation
  • social determinants of health
  • public value(s) and priority setting in health
  • resource allocation in health and distributive justice.

You can find out more about our areas of expertise by going to our staff pages and looking at our publications

There are a number of ways to focus a PhD idea, and to finance a PhD.  We’d suggest having a look at the research interests of our staff and emailing/ arranging a chat with someone at the Centre whose interests best fit your own.  They can work with you to turn an idea into a doctoral project.

Finances are important, both in terms of fees and in terms of supporting yourself through your PhD.   Our students have a range of funding, some from external funders such as Wellcome Trust, some are funded by governments  some have scholarships through CommonWealth funds and others self-fund their studies.  We also provide a small number of Yunus Centre funded studentships (we award one per year), which cover domestic fees and a stipend.  These are advertised separately and promoted through twitter (..so follow @yunuscentreGCU).