The George Institute For Global Health
United Kingdom

PhD scholarship opportunity: Public Health Law & Preventing Chronic Disease and Injury

Type of career: 
Postgraduate opportunities
Newtown, Sydney
Application close date: 


About The George Institute

The George’ is 700+ people focused on improving the health of millions of people worldwide. As a medical research institute affiliated with leading universities and with projects in approximately 50 countries, we are challenging the status quo in healthcare to find the best ways to prevent and treat chronic disease and injury, and to influence policy and practice worldwide. Our innovative commercial enterprises help maximise our impact.

About the Prevention Centre

The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre (APPC) was established in 2013 as an NHMRC Partnership Centre for Better Health. The Prevention Centre’s research focus is on building an effective, efficient and equitable system for the prevention of lifestyle-related chronic disease. Through national partnerships, they aim to bring prevention researchers and decision makers together, to better inform policy and program decision making about what works in preventing chronic disease.

The Opportunity

The George Institute and the Prevention Centre are working together to grow an exciting program of work investigating the role of public health law in preventing chronic disease and injury. This work recognises the vital role of laws such as those mandating plain packaging of tobacco and controls on the availability of alcohol in creating conditions for people to live healthier lives.

We have an exciting opportunity for a candidate to develop a PhD project investigating the drivers and channels through which corporations selling processed food and drink, alcohol and tobacco influence government regulation. In addition, the candidate will evaluate the effectiveness of a range of public health laws in regulating the activities of these industries.

Supervision will be provided by Dr Janani Shanthosh (Research Fellow in Health Economics & Law) and Professor Stephen Jan (Head of the Health Economics and Process Evaluation Program at the George Institute for Global Health). The successful candidate is expected to complete their PhD via the University of New South Wales, Sydney and their candidature will take place at The George Institute.


We are seeking candidates with a background in law, social science, health policy, or public health. Candidates with dual training in law and public health are preferred. We encourage applicants to apply from both an academic and policy background.
Candidates must hold a relevant first- or second-class Honours degree or Master’s Degree (or be able to demonstrate equivalent research experience).
Strong communication skills and the ability to think critically and analytically are essential.
Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or Australian permanent residents are eligible to apply.

Award Amount

The Prevention Centre is offering one PhD Scholarship at $30,000 per annum (tax exempt and indexed annually) for three years subject to satisfactory progress.
It is anticipated that student will commence in September 2019 (Term 3).

Application Guide

Applications should be submitted to Dr Janani Shanthosh, Health Economics and Process Evaluation, The George Institute for Global Health -

Applications should include:

  • Cover Letter
  • Current Curriculum Vitae, including full list of publications and presentations
  • A copy of academic transcripts
  • Visa / Citizenship details
  • The names and contact details of at least two referees

For further information, please contact Dr Janani Shanthosh on +61 2 8052 4588 or

Please note, this opportunity is also being advertised via APPC.