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BACKGROUND

Inequality is increasingly regarded as a major challenge across the world. There are many dimensions of inequality, but health inequalities, where less advantaged individuals face impaired quality of life or early death, are surely among the most troubling. 

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE, RESEARCH METHODS AND TRAINING

This project will focus on ways to measure and track changes in international variations in socio-economic related health inequalities both across and/or within countries. There will be considerable scope for both applying existing approaches (e.g. the concentration index), as well as developing innovative methods for measuring health inequalities (e.g. to further develop a concept of health poverty).

There will be considerable scope for methodological and empirical research using a variety of data sources, including utilizing data from international surveys such as the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe.

FIELD WORK, SECONDMENTS, INDUSTRY PLACEMENTS AND TRAINING

Training will be agreed with the project supervisors, depending on how the details of the proposal evolve. It may include, for example, attending relevant lecture courses in other departments within the University.

PROSPECTIVE CANDIDATE

This project will require a candidate with a real interest in inequality. A strong background in mathematics and/or statistics/econometrics would be a major advantage.

Supervisors