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
May to July 2018
SB 18-46 Risk Management in Agriculture
April to June 2018
The Regulation and Governance of Medical Devices in Scotland
September to November 2017
SB 17-79 Negotiation of Trade Agreements in Federal Countries
March to June 2017
SB 17-69 How can we reduce obesity in Scotland?
January to March 2017
SB 17-22 Drug misuse
PE1637 on Prevention of ship-to-ship oil transfers and trust port accountability
October to November 2016
SB 16-102 Implications for Leaving the EU - Forestry
SB 16-93 Scottish Forestry
SB 16-76 Child and Adolescent Mental Health –Trends and Key Issues
SB 16-75 Child and Adolescent Mental Health Legislation and Policy
SB 15-84 Food for Thought: Scotland and Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)
SB 15-38 International Perspectives on Land Reform
SB 15-40 Good for climate, good for health
SB 14-36 Mental Health in Scotland
SB 13-41 Treatment options for residual waste
SB 13-37 Pandemic Influenza (‘Flu’)
SB 12-71 Renewable Energy: Community Benefit and Ownership
SB 12-47 Climate Change-The Role of the Individual
SB 12-37 Offshore Renewable Energy
SB 12-28 Peatlands and Climate Change
SB 12-26 Climate Change and Health in Scotland
SB 10-33 Invasive Non-Native Species
SB 08-72 Climate Change: Emissions Trading
SB 08-37 Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry