PhD partnership announced

The Sports Grounds Safety Authority (SGSA) is pleased to announce a new partnership with the University of Edinburgh, which sees the creation of a PhD studentship focused on understanding the drivers of safety at major sporting events.

Applications for the studentship, which is part-funded by the SGSA, are currently open via the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science.

The project will establish how event organisers can make football events safer. It has two core research questions:

  1. how group processes between attendees impacts perceived safety at football events, and
  2. how demographic differences impact perceived safety and group relations.

The studentship will be based in the Department of Psychology within the  School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences at the University of Edinburgh.  It will be supervised by Dr Anne Templeton and SGSA’s Head of Partnerships and Strategy, Darren Whitehouse.

Martyn Henderson OBE, Chief Executive of the SGSA, said: “This is an exciting new collaboration for the SGSA.  Our aim is to enhance research into safety at sports grounds.  This PhD studentship reinforces our commitment to investing in high-quality research, which will further our own evidence base on which to shape future policies.”

The closing date for applications is 14 April, and applicants must meet specific criteria as outlined on the studentship opportunity webpage.