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University of Bath Prize Fellowships in the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

This scheme closed for new applications at the end of 2017. We've left the pages here for information and will update them if the scheme reopens in the future.

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Our Prize Fellowship Scheme will nurture your research career and fast-track you to a permanent appointment at Bath

University of Bath Prize Fellowships

The Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences comprises six academic departments: Economics, Education, Health, Politics, Languages & International Studies, Psychology and Social & Policy Sciences.

Much of our research is interdisciplinary and often focused on policy development or contemporary problem-orientation.

Our research across the Faculty has been widely recognised for its national and international impact.

The results of REF 2014 confirm the excellence of the research carried out at Bath.

We welcome applications in the following areas:

  • applied health sciences
  • international development
  • security, conflict and risk
  • social and behavioural psychology

These are described in more detail below.

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Applied health sciences

Centre for Pain Research

Pain is the primary reason for seeking healthcare, and chronic pain the greatest global disease burden. Making sense of physical experience impacts all public health interventions across the lifespan.

Bath is an international leader in pain research with a 20 year investment in laboratories, assessment and treatment innovations, and theoretical breakthroughs. The Centre is rooted in both health and psychology, but has strong collaborations in computer science, pharmacy and pharmacology, engineering, and mathematics. There are longstanding commercial, charity, and NHS collaborations.

The Centre publishes 25 scientific articles each year on evidence, treatment innovation, e-health, and analgesic mechanisms, and has proven global impact.

Contact: Professor Christopher Eccleston

Cardio-metabolic health

Cardio-metabolic diseases create an enormous health burden in both developed and developing countries. Cardiovascular disease (alone) is responsible for around 20 million global deaths and in the UK costs the NHS ~£7 billion a year.

Staff in the Department for Health are internationally recognised for their expertise in the impact of lifestyle on cardio-metabolic health (exercise, physical activity, diet and nutrition). This work has been funded by grants from BHF, MRC, BBSRC, NIHR, and Diabetes UK and has been published in leading journals. One potential impact case study is in development.

Contact: Professor Dylan Thompson

Sports injury prevention and exercise rehabilitation

Our research in this area focuses on:

  • the epidemiology of sports injury
  • development and evaluation of strategies and interventions to reduce sports injury
  • development of interventions to improve physical function and quality of life in individuals following amputation and in individuals with spinal cord injuries
  • development of interventions to reduce the long-term impact of degenerative conditions such as osteoarthritis

We have strong collaborations with the Department of Mechanical Engineering, are part of the Centre for the Analysis of Motion, Entertainment Research and Applications and are partners in the Arthritis Research UK Centre for Sport, Exercise and Osteoarthritis. We have close working relationships with national and international sports governing bodies and the Ministry of Defence.

Contacts: Professor Keith Stokes and Professor James Bilzon

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International development

Migration, refugees and humanitarian action

Migration is one of the most intractable challenges facing the world today, and is a key policy focus for international development. Staff within the Department of Social & Policy Sciences have carried out innovative research into migration governance, the everyday experience of migration, and the provision of basic needs in refugee contexts.

Contacts: Dr Jason Hart and Dr Emma Carmel

Social justice and human Rights

Our research is informed by a commitment to human rights and social justice. This is a multifaceted area of research focusing on the protection and expansion of rights as well as the elimination of discrimination based on class, gender, race, religion, religious orientation, ethnicity, and disability.

Contact: Dr Ana Dinerstein

Extractive industries and natural resource management

Extractive Industries represent a large and growing activity in many countries of the Global South. However natural resource wealth does not automatically lead to sustainable growth in the same countries. Building on expertise of mined minerals, we have established a strong track record of research into the politics and economics of extractive industries.

Contact: Dr Roy Maconachie

Wellbeing and development

Our staff have been at the forefront of conceptual and methodological scholarship that has advanced the idea of wellbeing in development. The wellbeing focus brings together objective assessments of people’s lives with subjective accounts of how they're doing and feeling. It is a vision of development that offers a holistic alternative to narrow economistic understandings of development, and engages with policies and processes that give opportunities for people to live well.

Contact: Professor Sarah White

Poverty and social protection

Both poverty and social protection are central to the international development agenda. We are an international leader in poverty research with a history of successful research projects examining the experience of poverty as well as the assessment of strategies and interventions to alleviate poverty. This has led to innovate collaborations with researchers, practitioners and policy makers across the world.

Contact: Professor James Copestake

Global challenges

The Global Challenges Research Fund is part of the UK’s official development assistance. Its aim is to support cutting-edge research and innovation that addresses the global issues affecting developing countries. Our staff have played a key role developing research that engages with the Global Challenges initiative. This has entailed strengthening collaboration within social sciences as well as with other strengths at the University such as water, engineering, architecture and energy.

Contact: Dr Joe Devine

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Security, conflict and risk

Conflict resolution

Resolving wars and conflicts is a prime policy agenda for many international organisations and member-states. Protracted conflicts are especially difficult to unravel as societies and actors are constituted to fight the war.

The Conflict, Security & International Order research cluster in our Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies has a strong track record in researching conflict resolution especially through the lens of global cosmopolitanism, intervention and the Responsibility to Protect (R2P).

Contact: Professor David Galbreath

Peace building

The process of building peace among societies who have experienced war, often for long periods of time, require a broader framework for analysis that incorporates the study of politics, sociology, psychology and development.

The Faculty has research strengths in this area in the Departments of Politics, Languages & International Studies, Social & Policy Studies and Psychology.

Contact: Professor David Galbreath

Changing character of conflict

While the nature of war remains constant, the character is ever changing. In as much as the role of technology and information plays a part, there are new approaches to violence and how to counter them.

Our Centre for War & Technology looks at the role that science and technology play in impacting conflicts, in terms of conflict potentials, war imaginaries and arms control.

Contact: Professor David Galbreath

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Social and behavioural psychology

Digital Psychology

The Digital Psychology group, led by Professor Julie Barnett, Professor Danaë Stanton Fraser, and Dr Laura Smith includes a number of other academic staff looking at diverse issues related to the psychology of online interactions, including issues in health behaviour, social behaviour, crime, and educational interventions. These activities are underpinned by an impressive record of external funding from EPSRC, Leverhulme, and other sources over the past five years. A particularly important growth area is in the use of big data.

Centre for Applied Autism Research

The Centre for Applied Autism Research (CAAR) is rapidly establishing itself as a world leader in its field. With a recent visit from the Countess of Wessex, regular visitors from overseas, and a twinned centre in Japan, the Centre is now at the forefront of basic and applied research on autism. It is attracting significant external funding from research councils and third sector organisations.

Contact: Professor Mark Brosnan

Applied cognitive neuroscience

Our Department of Psychology has growing strengths in multi sensory integration, cognitive decision making and human-computer interaction. We are well positioned for future multidisciplinary collaborations, particularly where technology is applied in innovative ways that have critical relevance to psychological processes. For instance, the prospect of driver-less cars raises questions about how passengers in these cars might visually attune to other information (such as text) while being orally prompted about hazards, how people might prioritise between different types of information (entertainment or route information) and the constraints in human processing capacity.

Contacts: Dr Michael Proulx or Dr Neal Hinvest

The social psychology of values

Our growing strength in values social psychology and new externally funded projects on values and intellectual humility, together with substantial international links, mean we have created a centre of excellence for examining global issues pertaining to the psychology of political polarisation and conflict.

Contact: Professor Gregory Maio

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