The University of Brighton, UK is pleased to announce the recruitment of 15 Marie Sklodowska-Curie (MSCA) PhD positions (Early Stage Researchers).

The INNOVATEDIGNITY consortium is made up of caring science scholars working on experiential perspectives of human dignity, care, and well-being from nine institutions in five European Union countries: Sweden, Denmark, Greece and the United Kingdom with Norway and nine partners in four countries for training and secondments: Greece, UK, Sweden, and Denmark.

The Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) will be hosted at the beneficiary institutions of the INNOVATEDIGNITY :

University of Brighton, UK

Linneuniversitetet, Sweden

Hoegskolan Boras, Sweden

Birmingham City University, UK

Bournemouth University, UK

University of Ioannina, Greece

Nord Universitet, Norway

Aarhus Universitet, Denmark

Aalborg Universitet, Denmark

The purpose of INNOVATEDIGNITY-ITN funded by the European Commission (2019–2023) is to develop a shared research and training agenda in order to educate the next generation of interdisciplinary health care researchers and care leaders across Europe. The project is a response to the Europe wide need to provide sustainable and dignified care for older people at home and in residential, municipal and hospital settings.

INNOVATEDIGNITY-ITN will research new ways of engaging with older people to shape digital developments, will examine new kinds of care delivery, including long term residential care and rapid transitions from acute hospital care to home, gender imbalances and workforce sustainability to create new forms of care activities that include, participatory models and co-design with older people in response to the growing lack of sustainability in older person care and evidence of current care failings.

Through co-supervision by academics and non-academic partners, INNOVATEDIGNITY-ITN ESRs will engage in critical, practical, and policy impact exploration of the contribution and the reach of their individual doctoral study projects to respond to three interconnecting research themes:

  1. Dignity within digital innovation
  2. Living well in care systems
  3. Gender and sustainable care.

In addition to undertaking a doctoral research degree, the ESRs will engage in a series of collaborative research and training events to develop advanced skills and expertise in tackling challenges linked to innovations in dignified, sustainable care systems for older people. They will also participate in collaborative project groups to provide for example, analyses of national level statistical data, and to make full use of older peoples’ insights to lead care innovation.

The training events will be held in years 1,2,3 & 4  of the project engaging with academics from beneficiary institutions and partners in the network from EldreSagen Hjorring, Denmark; The Patients’ Association, UK; Danish Nurses Organisation; Belong Care Services, UK; Posifon AB, Sweden; Kareinn Ltd. UK;  The Royal College of Nursing, UK; Physical and Medical Rehabilitation Care Unit, Ioannina Greece; and University of Chester, UK.

For more details go to the Application Information page here

Please be aware that there is a second call for research fellows who would like to join the project in Denmark, Norway and Sweden. More specific requirements for individual selection criteria and information on financial support and remuneration will be available at the shortlisted stage.