Social and Behavioural Life and Environmental Science

Addressing key challenges affecting human and animal health and well-being, and environmental changes, requires technological innovations, sophisticated understandings of individual behaviour, individual and collective adaptations, and how these are set within broader, and often complex, systems (e.g., groups, societies, regulatory frameworks), as well as sensitivity to the possibilities (and problematics) of new forms of data and data-analytics.

Applying for an EPSRC studentship:

This webpage lists research themes based in Social and Behavioural Life and Environmental Science. When you submit an application you will be expected to submit a research proposal aligned to a theme listed below. Examples of research projects previously available are included for reference. 

For full details of eligibility criteria and the application process, please click here.

Digital technologies, and the availability of “big data”, are transforming all aspects of life, including social, cultural, and economic. These changes bring with them opportunities to develop tools to streamline services, to improve efficiency, and to better understand the behaviour of individuals and communities in ways that support their wellbeing. However, the growth of digital technologies and the proliferation of data bring with them important legal and ethical questions about trust and privacy, and further questions about how individuals and communities understand and interact with technology and engage with themselves and others in the digital world.

Examples of projects from previous years include;

For more information regarding Computer Science research in this theme, please contact Prof Hywel Williams (H.T.P.Williams@exeter.ac.uk)
For more information regarding Mathematics research in this theme, please contact Prof Peter Challenor (P.G.Challenor@exeter.ac.uk)
For more information regarding Psychology research in this theme, please contact Dr Miriam Koschate-Reis (M.Koschate-Reis@exeter.ac.uk)

To help combat climate change, and to protect natural resources and the environment, governments have committed to reducing carbon emissions. Achieving this goal requires addressing all aspects of energy: from generation, to supply, use, and regulation. At the same time as managing energy to meet carbon targets, additional challenges are to ensure that the energy system is secure and safe, and that access to energy is fair and affordable for all sections of society. Projects under this theme consider the overlapping aspects of energy use and efficiency that take in technological innovations, human actions, and the broader social and regulatory environments within which these occur.

Examples of previous projects from previous years include;

For more information about Engineering research in this theme please contact: Prof Tapas Mallick (T.K.Mallick@exeter.ac.uk)
For more informaiton about Geography research in this theme please contact: Prof Catherine Mitchell (Catherine.Mitchell@exeter.ac.uk)

Developing innovative approaches to healthcare is a vitally important challenge which requires both basic science and a translational approach. Technological advances can improve therapies, minimise the intrusiveness of medical care, support rehabilitation, and help people to monitor and manage their own health and care. Projects under this theme are all dedicated to the goal of improving healthcare by supporting technological advances and understanding their effective implementation in healthcare settings.  

Examples of projects from previous years include;

For more information about Engineering research in this theme, please contact: Dr Timothy Holsgrove (T.Holsgrove@exeter.ac.uk)

For more information, please contact: Prof Peter Hopkinson (P.Hopkinson@exeter.ac.uk)