We have a vibrant and interactive research environment with numerous PhD students co-located in the Centre at any time.  Meet our current PhD 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 social economy; economics of health and wellbeing; community, citizenship and participation. 

Our staff have particular interests in:

  • the interface between social innovation and health,
  • rurality and geographical matters 
  • migration
  • social innovation as a means of tackling inequalities or creating social change
  • civil society and social inclusion
  • co-production
  • fair finance and financial inclusion
  • health economics and evaluation
  • social determinants of health
  • public value 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

There are a number of ways to focus on a PhD idea.  We suggest having a look at the research interests of our staff and contacting those 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 can benefit from a range of PhD funding opportunities, 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 which cover domestic fees and a stipend.  These are advertised separately and promoted through our @yunuscentreGCU twitter.