PhD Student Internships

SPICe hosts a number of PhD students every year. Students are recruited via the UK Research and Innovation Policy Internships Scheme. 

SPICe works together with the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) at the UK Parliament, the Research and Information Service (RaISe) in the Northern Ireland Assembly, and the National Assembly for Wales Research Service, to select and interview potential candidates for UK Research and Innovation internship placements. These placements are hosted by each of the four parliaments/assemblies. 

Students are expected to produce at least one briefing paper.

More details of the scheme can be found on the UK Research and Innovation website


Current PhD interns

John Ferrier is currently studying for a PhD at the University of Dundee. His research focuses on interactions between fungi and cobalt-bearing minerals, and how these may be applied as a means of low-carbon metal processing. John previously completed a BSc in Microbiology at the University of Dundee, and a postgraduate diploma in Brewing and Distilling at Heriot Watt University. 

John has been working with the Brexit, Environmental & Rural affairs team during his secondment with SPICe, writing a briefing on the EU Emissions Trading System and the impacts of Brexit. During his time with SPICe John has also taken part in policy inquiries out with the subject of his briefing.

Hildigunnur Anna Hall is a PhD student in Psychology at the University of Edinburgh. The focus of her research is on links between women’s prenatal health and children’s developmental outcomes. Before starting her PhD, Anna completed an MSc in Psychological Research at the University of Edinburgh and a BSc in Psychology at the University of Iceland. 

During her time with SPICe, Anna has been working in the Health and Social Care team, producing a briefing on transitions of young people with service and care needs from child to adult services in Scotland. The briefing is due to be published at the end of March.

Previous PhD interns

Gareth Thomas

May to July 2018

SB 18-46 Risk Management in Agriculture

Fiona Coyle

April to June 2018

The Regulation and Governance of Medical Devices in Scotland

James Walker

September to November 2017

SB 17-79 Negotiation of Trade Agreements in Federal Countries

Kate Grant

March to June 2017

SB 17-69 How can we reduce obesity in Scotland?

Damon Davies 

January to March 2017

SB 17-22 Drug misuse

PE1637 on Prevention of ship-to-ship oil transfers and trust port accountability

Morgan Tatchell-Evans

October to November 2016

SB 16-102 Implications for Leaving the EU - Forestry

SB 16-93 Scottish Forestry

Roseannah Murphy

Autumn 2016

SB 16-76 Child and Adolescent Mental Health –Trends and Key Issues 

SB 16-75 Child and Adolescent Mental Health Legislation and Policy

Joe Ryan-Hume     

Autumn-Winter 2015

SB 15-84 Food for Thought: Scotland and Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

Samatha Pollock           

Summer 2015

SB 15-38 International Perspectives on Land Reform

Declan Finney

Summer 2015

SB 15-40 Good for climate, good for health

Reuben Nowell

Spring 2014

SB 14-36 Mental Health in Scotland

Carla-Leanne Washbourne

Spring-Summer 2013

SB 13-41 Treatment options for residual waste

Alan Mueller

Spring-Summer 2013

SB 13-37 Pandemic Influenza (‘Flu’) 

Theresa Meacham         

Autumn 2012

SB 12-71 Renewable Energy: Community Benefit and Ownership

Gary Kerr                              

Summer 2012

SB 12-47 Climate Change-The Role of the Individual

Rudra Kapila 

Spring-Summer 2012

SB 12-37 Offshore Renewable Energy

Susanna Ebmeier

Spring 2012

SB 12-28 Peatlands and Climate Change

SB 12-26 Climate Change and Health in Scotland

Lorna Street

Spring 2010

SB 10-33 Invasive Non-Native Species

John Dowens

Autumn-Winter 2008

SB 08-72 Climate Change: Emissions Trading

SB 08-37 Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry

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