This recruitment is now OPEN


We are pleased to invite applications for a fully-funded 3-year PhD studentship in the Medical Research Council Centre for Environment and Health (MRC-CEH) with an opportunity for an internship at the British Geological Survey over 9 weeks.

The studentship will be supervised by Dr Daniela Fecht (MRC-CEH, School of Public Health),  Dr Diana Varaden (MRC-CEH, School of Public Health) and Dr Darren Beriro (British Geological Survey).



Social and population health impacts of neighbourhood changes after redevelopment of contaminated brownfield land

The aim of this PhD research project is to create new scientific evidence on social and public health changes arising from the remediation of contaminated brownfield sites and their redevelopment.

Transforming brownfield land into residential housing helps with sustainable development by conserving green belts, and addresses the rising housing demand, especially for affordable housing. When redevelopment is poorly planned, it can lead to issues around gentrification, and social segregation.

This PhD project will identify and describe the impact of brownfield redevelopment on indicators of social and public health changes. Information on sociodemographic characteristics and indicators of health will be collected at neighbourhood level, before and after redevelopment for specific case study areas. The project will identify case study areas which used to be heavily contaminated, are in deprived areas, and have recently been cleaned-up and redeveloped into housing. These areas will be studied in detail to understand whether social and public health changes have occurred after their remediation and redevelopment using spatial and temporal models.

Further details about this PhD research programmes 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.


We expect candidates to hold, or achieve by the start of the programme, a Master’s degree (at distinction or at high merit level) in addition to a Bachelor’s degree with a UK First- or Upper Second-Class honours grade or equivalent in a relevant discipline, including social sciences, life science or quantitative or qualitative 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 to supplement or substitute academic qualifications.

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 (i.e., UK Nationals or those with (pre-)settled status, or indefinite leave to remain). Applicants from overseas will be considered if they are able to cover the difference between home and international 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 Applicants should also complete the Diversity Monitoring Form available at

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The closing date for applications is 4pm GMT on 29th February 2024. 

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