The Alcohol Research Grapevine is a new information hub for everyone with an interest in alcohol-related research. It updates users on new research findings, as well as allowing them to see what is going on ‘below the radar’ in terms of new and ongoing projects. It provides a quick and easy way to see what research is taking place, which topics need more research, and where opportunities for collaboration exist.

New and ongoing projects in the alcohol research field
Users can sign up for alerts on topics of interest, browse the site to see what projects are underway, or post details of current research to their profile.

Research profiles
By setting up individual profiles, users can publicise their outputs and publications, identify their specialist research interests and highlight opportunities for future collaboration.

Datasets and research material
The dataset directory will allow researchers to advertise data they hold that is available for further secondary analysis. This will help maximize the findings from existing datasets, and create more collaborative opportunities.

The Alcohol Research Grapevine is open to all, and users are encouraged to upload research updates regularly. By providing a sharing space for alcohol researchers in all disciplines, it aims to foster new thinking, new research and new developments in this important and expanding field.


The Department of Health Sciences, University of York, is inviting applications for a fully funded PhD studentship, available on a full-time basis to start in October 2018. The successful candidate will be part of the University of York Wellcome Trust Transformative Research on Alcohol industry, Policy and Science (TRAPS) research programme. This means joining a small team of five staff members and three PhD students. The overarching aims of this programme are to make advances in understanding how alcohol industry actors influence science, policy and the use of science in policy making. On the basis of our research findings, this work will contribute to strengthening the ability of public health scientists and policy actors to manage alcohol industry influence, and so help preserve the integrity of science and policy.

Applicants are encouraged to consider applications within the following research areas: The TRAPS programme is organised in three main inter-related research topic areas; industry engagement with science (evidence production); the science/policy interface including the use of evidence within policy making; and industry involvement in alcohol policy making. There is also an underpinning set of objectives concerned with better understanding the nature of the alcohol industry, including economic interests underlying scientific and political activities, cross-cutting themes and a commitment to research translation.

We are interested in supporting doctoral training on how alcohol industry actors work with actors in other corporate sectors which contribute to rising public health problems such as tobacco, food and gambling. We would particularly welcome applications from those interested in science and the science/policy interface. Research proposal ideas concerning other topic areas that are relevant to developing understanding of how alcohol industry actors influence science and/or policy in line with the aims of the research programme will also be considered.

The scholarship is open to UK/EU citizens on a full-time basis only. The studentship provides a tax free stipend per annum for UK/EU citizens in line with Wellcome Trust standard rates (£19,919 in year 1, then increasing up to £23,298 in year 3) for 3 years, plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. Prospective students from elsewhere may also apply, though would be expected to provide evidence of the ability to fund the difference in tuition fees applicable to UK/EU and international (non-EU) students respectively.

Applications should be received no later than Wednesday 6th June before 16:00h UTC. Applications will not be considered for the studentship after this date.

For more information and to apply, head here.