The School of Economics offers dedicated studentships to prospective candidates starting the PhD Economics programme in the Academic Year 2022/23 and pursuing projects in topics of particular interest to the School. These studentships will be awarded to applicants that submit the most promising research proposals based on the project outline reported below and clearly demonstrate academic excellence in the area of Behavioural Economics. The application deadline for prospective students to be considered for this studentship is 28 March 2022.
Research Theme 2: Using Behavioural Economics to Understand Clinical Trial Result Generalisability.
Medical research often involves randomised controlled trials to, for example, estimate the effectiveness of a new drug. The basic idea is that patients are recruited onto a trial, randomised into treatment and control groups, where the former receives the drug and the latter receives a placebo. By comparing patient outcomes across the two groups, inferences are drawn about the effectiveness of the drug for the patient population at large. However, if the patients recruited onto a clinical trial are not a representative sample of the overall patient population, trial results will not necessarily hold out of the sample. It is therefore important to understand how patients who participate in clinical trials differ from those in the general patient population (and the implications thereof). Collaborating with colleagues in the Norwich Medical School and stakeholders in healthcare, the student will design and carry out experiments and interventions to estimate how patients who participate in clinical trials differ in their behavioural characteristics (e.g. risk-aversion and social preferences) from those who do not participate in clinical trials. In addition to contributing to the academic literature, this research has the scope to inform the development of interventions to increase inclusivity and representativity of clinical trials – which would ultimately lead to better healthcare for all.
You would be working with Dr Amrish Patel, Dr Stefan Penczynski, Prof Ted Turocy. Applications are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide with an original and high-quality research proposal.