Title: SCH10: Enhancing recovery from domestic abuse using Wilderness Therapy and Care Farming
Funding: Full time Home/EU fees and a stipend of £15,009 p.a. (terms & conditions)
Application deadline: 7 May 2019
Start date: October 2019
Duration: 3 years (full time)
Location: Colchester Campus
Based in: School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences (in collaboration with the Department of Psychology, and the School of Health and Social Care)
This project will be an examination of using the green exercise activities of wilderness therapy and care farming for improving the health, wellbeing and resilience of survivors of domestic abuse (umbrella term).
Such activities are expected to be particularly efficacious, as we know both that nature environments enhance the positive psychological outcomes of exercise per se, and that green exercise activities are salutogenic through their affordance of opportunities for psychological, physical and social behaviours and experiences that fulfil basic psychological needs and enable self-reflection and the psychotherapeutic process of cognitive restructuring.
This PhD will generate understanding of (i) how well, and (ii) how wilderness therapy and care farming can ameliorate poor health, wellbeing and resilience in cohorts of domestic abuse survivors.
This will include quantitative and qualitative methods. It will also examine how these green exercise activities can work within existing support systems in order to improve the efficacy of the entire ‘offer’, and will assess the economic case for GE interventions of this kind for this group.
The award consists of a full Home/EU fee waiver or equivalent fee discount for overseas students (further fee details), a doctoral stipend equivalent to the Research Councils UK National Minimum Doctoral Stipend (£15,009 in 2019-20), plus £2,500 training bursary via Proficio funding, which may be used to cover the cost of advanced skills training including conference attendance and travel.
Lead supervisorSchool of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences, University of Essex
With research expertise in the fields of exercise sciences (particularly green exercise research) and psychology, Dr Rogerson has also examined the role of wilderness expeditions for self-esteem and behavioural issues in youth at risk; and care farming for wellbeing in adults living with loneliness/dementia.
Co-supervisorSchool of Health and Social Care, University of Essex
Dr Andrews is a chartered health psychologist and researches topics closely aligned to both clinical and health psychology. She has also investigated participation in green exercise (fishing, equine therapy, falconry) for military veterans living with PTSD.
Co-supervisorDepartment of Psychology, University of Essex
Dr Cooper has research expertise in stress & aging, mirror neurons, and neuroscience techniques, and has investigated participation in green exercise (fishing, equine therapy, falconry) for military veterans living with PTSD.
You can apply for this postgraduate research opportunity online.
Applications MUST include the following documents to be uploaded:
Instruction to applicants
When you apply online you will be prompted to fill out several boxes in the form:
If you have any informal queries about this opportunity please email the lead supervisor, Dr Mike Rogerson (firstname.lastname@example.org).
You can find the terms and conditions of this studentship here (PDF).