Co-funded and Collaborative Studentships 2017 entry

Deadlines for applications: early to mid-February 2017

The UBEL DTP is inviting applications for ESRC-funded studentships for collaborative projects with non-academic partners. Interested candidates are asked to contact those named under individual projects for details on how to apply. The projects are listed below – please follow the links for more information:

Building inter-communal trust through faith partnerships for aid delivery with World Vision UK

Quantifying the microdynamics of visual attention during parent-child interaction with Acuity Intelligence Limited


Building inter-communal trust through faith partnerships for aid delivery (with World Vision UK)

This scholarship is for research into faith-based humanitarian responses, within the particular framework of the localisation of humanitarian aid issues. The research is a collaborative project between SOAS, University of London, and World Vision, an international NGO working in development and humanitarian aid globally. The research is intended to make a contribution to academic debates and theory, as well as feed into World Vision policy and practice, providing research evidence and data to inform its work in engaging with local faith leaders and actors in humanitarian contexts.

The successful applicant will be based in the World Vision UK office for 2 days a week, in addition to the research training and academic supervision provided at SOAS. The scholarship is open all eligible applicants who can demonstrate existing knowledge in at least one of the key areas (operating in humanitarian crises, faith-based actors in development). The award panel will also take into consideration experience of relevant practice in humanitarian or development delivery, and/or experience of working with faith-based actors and religion in development.

For more details, contact Michael Jennings (

Quantifying the microdynamics of visual attention during parent-child interaction (with Acuity Intelligence Limited)

Experimental quantification of the postnatal environment and how infants process real-world social situations has so far been impossible. One of the most promising ways to study the effects of the postnatal environment is through the use of head-mounted eye tracking: recording the eye movements of an infant and their parent during dyadic naturalistic interaction. However, limitations in hardware and software have meant that quantification of these behaviours in infancy and scaling-up of the data gathering without hand-coding has not been possible till now. In combination with a pioneering company in the development of eye-tracking hardware and software solutions and academic leaders at Birkbeck in active vision and developmental social cognition, the proposed studentship will tackle these challenges.

The successful candidate will conduct experiments together with secondary data analysis and software development based on existing data. The project will provide novel and unique insights into the role of the early family environment on the development of social gaze, and provide the foundation for future interventions and the quantification of their efficacy using unintrusive objective measures of behaviour.

For more details, contact Tim Smith (