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Modelling zoonotic disease transmission on contact networks to predict how disease risk will respond to environmental and other changes

Project Summary

This project extends existing approaches to modelling disease transmission on contact networks by linking network dynamics to disease dynamics. The new approaches will be applied to predicting how zoonotic disease risks in northern Tanzania respond to current and projected socio-political, cultural and environmental changes.

Project Team and where the student will be based

The project will be based mainly at the Royal Dick Veterinary School at the University of Edinburgh, but with periods spent at Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine (IBAHCM) at the University of Glasgow. The supervisory team is Professor Rowland Kao (Epidemiological Modeller, University of Edinburgh); Dr Paul Johnson (Statistical Modeller, University of Glasgow) and Professor Sarah Cleaveland (Professor of Comparative Epidemiology, University of Glasgow).


Academic qualifications – good undergraduate degree in Epidemiology, Statistics, or another relevant discipline. postgraduate Masters training in these areas is an advantage.
Experience – undertaking applied research in a relevant area and to an appropriate level.
Skills/Attributes – skills in quantitative modelling, especially systems-based approaches; understanding of relevant aspects of infectious disease modelling.


Enquiries about this project should be directed to Professor Rowland Kao -

Funding Notes

This is a PhD studentship joint funded between the Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow.

PhD position
Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow
Closing date
January 13th, 2020
Posted on
January 6th, 2020 14:58
Last updated
January 6th, 2020 14:58