View All Vacancies

PhD Studentship (ESRC South Coast DTP) - Using geostatistical modelling to explore smoking cessation in the Global South

Population, Health & Wellbeing

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £14553
Annual stipend of £14553 (2017/18 RCUK rate) plus payment of programme fees.
Closing Date:   Wednesday 31 January 2018
Reference:  SCDTP878217WR

Using geostatistical modelling to explore smoking cessation in the Global South

A fully funded studentship awarded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership (SCDTP) commencing in 2018/19 Academic Year.

Supervisory Team:

Professor Graham Moon (Geography, Lead Supervisor) (, Professor Andy Tatem (Geography), Professor Liz Twigg (University of Portsmouth). 

This project will explore smoking cessation on a global scale, developing high resolution estimates of cessation rates for the Global South. The candidate will work with data from the USAID-funded Demographic and Health Surveys program, developing a personal research program using advanced quantitative methods that will provide new insights on the geography of smoking cessation. Linking with the WorldPop research programme and experts in the geography of smoking, the project will investigate how individual, regional and national factors impact on cessation across the Global South and uncover how the sub-national geographies of smoking cessation are changing.

Specific research questions:
•    To what extent can routine data offer timely, robust and consistent insight on smoking cessation in the Global South?
•    What regularities underpin small area variations in smoking cessation?
•    How do these variations relate to standard models of the smoking transition?

Background and rationale: The standard model of the smoking transition sees the Global South as a battleground where levels of smoking remain high or even rising among men but low among women (Lopez 1994). This model and recent assessments (Ng et al 2014) focus heavily on smoking prevalence and at the national scale. This proposal is motivated by the need focus at a more localised geographical scale and explore nuances within smoking behaviour (Barnett et al 2016). Smoking behaviour is seldom uniform across a nation and overall prevalences can mask important variations, for example in quitting behaviour. Effective tobacco control measures demand small area data and there is a specific need in the Global South where building on existing cessation rates may be an important counter tactic to the marketing of tobacco products by Big Tobacco.


South Coast DTP Funding provides an annual maintenance grant (tax free) of £14553 (2017/18 RCUK rate), plus payment of all programme fees.  Other funding available for SCDTP funded students can be found on the SCDTP website (

Funding is provided for 3 years full-time PhD study (pro-rata for part-time students).  Applications for 1+3 funding for students completing a Master's year prior to the commencement of PhD study are also welcome (details available at

Application Procedure

The closing date and time for applications is 11.59pm 31st January 2018.  The full application procedure, the funding application form, and more information on the South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership can be found at:

For further information about this project, please contact the lead supervisor detailed above.  For questions relating to the application procedure, or for more information about the SCDTP, please visit the SCDTP website or contact us at

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position



Forgotten Details


Mindful Employer Disability Confident Leader HR Excellence In Research Stonewall Diversity Champion Athena Swan Silver Award - University of Southampton Committed to being an Inclusive Employer