Coventry University Postgraduate
Coventry University Postgraduate
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PhD Postgraduate Research
The Centre for Business in Society (CBiS) is an exciting research foundation. Our thriving PhD student community are integral to the Centre and contribute to our wide-ranging research portfolio. Choosing to pursue PhD study within the vibrant and supportive intellectual environment of the Centre is an investment in your future. Our research is grouped around key clusters and themes. Current CBiS doctoral research includes projects on the role of central and local government in regeneration, global sports governance, corporate social responsibility and supply chains, green technologies and industrial clusters. Explore the Centre’s pages and find out about the innovative research that is being undertaken by our staff and current, and former, postgraduate research students; work that is not only cutting-edge but contributing to important issues confronting business and society.
We welcome applications from suitably qualified self-funded or sponsored PhD candidates that relate to our current research themes. If you think you have what it takes to study for a PhD with us and have an idea you would like to discuss before you apply, please contact Andrew Perchard, Director of Postgraduate Research at CBiS: firstname.lastname@example.org
Read about our research clusters to find out more.
Data Driven Research and Innovation (DDRI) Programme
DDRI Programme information
The Data Driven Research and Innovation (DDRI) Programme is a major strategic initiative by Coventry University that collaboratively brings together a significant number of its Research Centres with strategic partner organisations that are amongst the leaders in their respective sectors. The DDRI Programme is pursuing cutting edge inter-disciplinary research and innovation involving residential facilities and properties of various types, as well as private vehicles and public transport services, and there is a strong community focus throughout. Its major goal is to use data driven analytics and insights to support independent living, healthy ageing, improved quality of life, well-being and care (self-care or care from others), improved management of particular health conditions and enabling people to stay in their own homes for longer. The use of smart buildings and intelligent mobility to support improvements in health, care and well-being are both important development areas.
As a key part of the Programme, Coventry University is fully funding 9 PhD’s across a range of disciplines with the close involvement of Residential Partners (who will provide access to resources and facilities) and University Partners that bring a broad range of complementary capabilities and national reach through their combined regional locations. The Residential Partners include one of the UK’s leading Housing Associations, and one of the UK’s leading specialist care facility providers. The PhD’s will have access to a wide range of cutting edge university facilities that are pertinent to their respective research areas, and will work closely with the partner organisations.
The PhD’s are of two types:
1. Inter-Disciplinary PhD’s – these involve collaboration between different Coventry University Research Centres, where the lead centre provides the Director of Studies and there is co-supervision from all of the collaborating centres
2. Inter-University PhD’s – these involve collaboration between Coventry University and a partner University, where the lead Coventry Research Centre provides the Director of Studies and there is co-supervision from all of the collaborating centres at both Universities.
Data Driven Research and Innovation PhDs
Development of an innovative technology enabled Home Care Service to support kidney failure patients requiring dialysis.
Development of a technology enabled Home Care Service to support the nutritional needs of people with long-term health conditions to age in place.
The project will explore the potential for digital innovations to improve health and wellbeing for a frail elderly population, including people living with dementia. Interventions will be evaluated in high-tech ‘living lab’ environments to assess whether they produce improvements in residents’ quality of life and enable better support provision by carers. Secondary outcomes measured will include positive impact on activities of daily living, improved cognition, and reduced health & care resource use.
This project seeks to use Ambient Intelligence to develop an automated and non-intrusive means of monitoring the state of a cooker, alongside the presence of an individual in the kitchen. Through a combination of sensors, computer-control and machine-learning, the cooker may be switched off if left unattended, minimising energy wastage, fire risk and user injury.
This research will explore the feasibility and design of body worn devices to detect hydration levels and feed back information to care staff. The interdisciplinary project will involve working with older people and their carers to co-design, develop and evaluate suitable technology that is informative and acceptable to the end users.
Developing a holistic methodology to determine the applications for robotics usage in specialist elderly care home environments, notably the factors that will support their introduction and acceptance.
The aim of this PhD is to appraise the use of an acoustic monitoring system and its effectiveness in preventing night-time falls and to explore the opportunity for system machine learning within a care home for people with dementia.
In a care home setting, light sleeping and night time waking can lead to poor quality of life outcomes for affected residents, as well as cause significant disruption to staff and significant additional financial cost to care home providers. This PhD seeks to explore that.
Elders’ access to health care provision in the UK (and globally, e.g. in US) is problematic. The distributed nature of health care, complexity of illnesses associated with old age, and cutbacks in transport provision. Although the precise direction of the PhD will be based on the background and interests of the candidate, the overall aim will be to propose and test realistic and transferable transport solutions to improve the accessibility and health care experience of older patients.
Keeping active is important to maintaining good health and independence in old age. This research seeks to explore the impact of gardening and outdoor activity on physical and mental health.