This recruitment is now OPEN


We are pleased to invite applications for a 3-year PhD studentship in the Medical Research Council Centre for Environment and Health (MRC-CEH) and the Business School at Imperial College London with an opportunity for an internship within the Extreme Events team at the UK Health Security Agency.

The studentship will be supervised by Dr Bethan Davies (MRC-CEH, School of Public Health) and Dr Laure de Preux (Department of Economics and Public Policy).



The impact of fiscal measures to support fuel and living costs on winter health in England: a nationwide analysis from 1997 to 2025

 We are looking for outstanding candidates with an interest in public health, climate change and public policy research in the UK. The successful candidate for this PhD studentship will undertake a programme of quantitative research to explore the effects of support interventions on the health of communities in winter. The student will explore the impact of cold weather on the health of the UK population, characterise community-level factors that increase vulnerability and investigate how these support schemes impact health differently across communities. The project will focus on the national and local schemes that support UK households to pay their fuel bills in the winter to keep their homes warm and maintain their health and wellbeing, including the Energy Bill Support Scheme and schemes targeted to vulnerable groups; older adults (Winter Fuel Payments), those living in colder areas (Cold Weather Payment) and those on low incomes (Household Support Fund, Cost of Living Payment; Warm Home Discount Scheme).

Further details about this PhD research programme can be found on the LISS DTP website. Successful candidates are expected to start their studentship on 1st October 2024.

 LISS DTP scheme

The London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (LISS DTP) enables social science research students to join and develop a research community that springs from the interface between the social science disciplines with health and medicine, the natural and physical sciences, engineering, and the arts and humanities. The LISS DTP is funded by the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) and led by King’s College London, in partnership with Imperial College London and Queen Mary University of London. The student will have access to LISS DTP Training Programme and Events.

For further information about the studentship, please see the LISS DTP website.


Candidates should hold, or achieve by the start of the programme, a Master’s degree in addition to a Bachelor’s degree with a UK First- or Upper Second-Class honours grade or equivalent in a relevant life science or quantitative science subject. Candidates must have covered at least three of the four major ESRC core research methods areas – social theory, qualitative methods, quantitative methods, and research design – in level 7 (Master’s) modules. In some cases, professional experience can be considered.

The studentship starts on 1st October 2024.

The studentship includes funding for Home tuition fees and a stipend of £20,622 per annum (full time).

This studentship is only available to candidates who are eligible for home tuition fee status. Applicants from overseas will be considered if they are able to cover the studentship costs however, the LISS DTP will only award 5 International CASE studentship awards in the overall 2024 entry round.


Please complete both the Imperial College London application form that can be found here and the LISS DTP CASE studentship application form that can be found here.  Both forms should be completed electronically and e-mailed to Ami Bhavsar at Applicants should also complete the Diversity Monitoring Form available at

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The closing date for applications is 4pm GMT on 23rd February 2024. 

Imperial College London is committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment.