Aerial shot over Accra, Gahan

October 2021 – LISS DTP’s Collaborative (CASE) PhD Studentship

Characterising inequalities in multi-dimensional neighbourhood environment in Accra, Ghana

Academic Lead: Prof. Majid Ezzati (Imperial College London)
Co-supervisor: Dr. Esra Suel (Imperial College London)
Partner: USRA - NASA

We welcome applications for a funded 3-year PhD studentship to start in October 2021. This is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious researcher to conduct interdisciplinary research in global environmental health.

The PhD research will generate a framework for assessing neighbourhood level determinants of health inequality within cities in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), focussing on Accra, Ghana. This will combine novel big data sources (e.g. high-resolution satellite images via our partner NASA) with deep machine vision for measurement and modelling, with qualitative methods including conducting neighbourhood-level interviews in Accra and analysing social media data to give voice to citizens’ perspectives on what supports or threatens health in a neighbourhood.

The studentship will be based in the Global Environmental Health Research Group ( at Imperial’s School of Public Health, which was ranked as the UK's joint top programme according to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. The group is internationally renowned for its research on spatiotemporal analysis of multi-dimensional health and environmental data. The group is highly interdisciplinary, and the student will interact regularly with peers with diverse backgrounds and specialisations. The student will also receive supervision from social scientists both in London (King’s College London) and Accra (University of Ghana). There will also be regular interactions with other parts of Imperial (e.g., Data Science Institute, Department of Mathematics and Faculty of Engineering) and at other leading global universities.

Applicants should have covered at least two of the three major ESRC core research methods areas - social theory, qualitative methods and quantitative methods – in level 7 (Master’s) modules or have a significant professional experience in at least two of these general areas. They should also have, or expect to receive, a first or upper second-class degree or equivalent in disciplines of interest including mathematics, computer science, environmental engineering, economics, psychology/neuroscience, demography, sociology or related discipline, and have exceptional analytical/computational preparation.

The research group is part of the MRC Centre for Environment and Health (; the Centre has an established training programme for early career researchers, which provides bespoke training and development, pastoral care, and extensive opportunities for networking and collaboration.

The studentship will include tuition fees and a minimum stipend of £17,285 per annum. LISS DTP is allowed to fund only the Home fee, please find the relevant definitions and check your eligibility here.

The closing date for application is 22 February 2021. To apply, please send the following documents to

Please also fill in and submit online the Diversity Monitoring Form.

Short-listed candidates will be contacted to arrange for interviews, which will take place in February-March 2021.