PhD Opportunities

PhD opportunities in the School of Law

There are currently the following self-funded PhD opportunities. For further information, contact the named staff below.

The closing date for applications is 23.59 on Thursday 31 October 2019

You can find further details on studying for a PhD and details of how to apply here. To apply, please click on the ‘How to Apply’ tab and quote the Reference Number and Title on your Research Proposal.

Promoting Global Health: An Investigation of the Universal Periodic Review and United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals

Reference number:  14

School: School of Law Centre for Science, Law and Policy & Centre for Human Rights

Supervisory Team:  Prof. Jon Yorke, Dr. Friso Jansen, Alice Storey, and Dr. Sarah Cooper

This research will investigate the bilateral and multilateral challenges to promoting and safeguarding healthcare within the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Agenda. 

The UPR involves a periodic review of UN member states’ human rights record, and in this mechanism national governments, civil society stakeholders, and the Working Group, will engage with relevant issues such as health/healthcare. In 2015, the UN established the Sustainable Development 2030 Agenda. This agenda covers a broad set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals, and 167 targets. These “will serve as the overall framework to guide global and national development action for the next 15 years, and SDG3 aims to “ensure healthy lives and promoting well-being for all at all ages.”

Against a backdrop of advances in both the safeguarding of health and new threats to physical and mental health worldwide, this project aims to explore the synergies of the UPR and the SDGs, and analyse the opportunities and obstacles for promoting global health.

The application can be further developed in collaboration with a successful applicant to suit relevant expertise and interests.

Download full proposal PDF

Contact information:

Name: Dr. Friso Jansen


Tel: 0121 300 4171