Mental health and wellbeing

According to the World Health Organization, mental disorders are among the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide.

Our research considers mental health and wellbeing from multiple aspects; from understanding how the mind works and structures memory and thought, to investigating the significance of external factors such as the economic environment and uncontrollable factors such as the global banking crisis.

Importantly, we also aim to research the positive aspects of mental health– mental wellbeing– and the consequent advantages within society of a mentally well population. Mental wellbeing is a key component of people’s overall wellbeing; a broad notion that comprises evaluations of physical and mental health, happiness and life satisfaction. The examination of mental wellbeing has been used increasingly to inform public policy around the world.

Projects available under this theme

Find out more about the project and apply directly to the scholarships via the listings below. You can also follow our guidance on how to apply to the Global Challenges PhD Scholarships.

Economic shocks and mental wellbeing around the world

Guariglia and Gornanitis

According to the World Health Organization, mental disorders are among the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide. The economic environment plays a significant role in affecting mental health and wellbeing. This is an exciting PhD opportunity aimed at studying the effects of economic shocks on wellbeing, focusing on a range of different shocks in a range of countries. The project will also identify country-specific factors that could protect the population against the most harmful effects of the shocks.

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