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PS04 - Department of Sociology
Master's degree in Sociology, Health Promotion or another relevant social science (Last-year students are highly encouraged to apply).
The research group Hedera (Department of Sociology) is looking for a PhD student for a project funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 framework that aims to tackle vaccine hesitancy : VAX-TRUST.
Vaccine hesitancy refers to a delay in acceptance or refusal of vaccines despite the availability of vaccination services.
Ever since vaccines have been developed, individuals have questioned the value and importance of vaccines for their health and expressed distrust of vaccines or the authorities involved in vaccination programs.
Vaccines are widely recognized as one the most successful public health interventions for preventing epidemics of infectious diseases, as well as for reducing mortality and morbidity.
Yet an increasing number of individuals are reluctant to embrace vaccination whole-heartedly. They doubt the benefits of vaccines, raise concerns about their safety and efficacy and question the need for them.
Vaccine hesitancy constitutes a global health threat, as it can contribute to drops in vaccine uptake and consequently may undermine the effectiveness of vaccination programs.
VAX-TRUST focuses on vaccine hesitant parents and considers vaccine hesitancy as a manifestation of a broader societal phenomenon : the fiercely contested status of authorities and experts in contemporary societies.
Healthcare professionals have to handle these contestations in their daily work, and hence, should be provided with the necessary tools to deal and communicate with vaccine hesitant parents.
VAX-TRUST therefore aims to develop interventions that can help healthcare professionals in the challenges they face in their expert work.
An important contribution of the project is that it recognizes that healthcare professionals themselves are living in the world of contestation of expertise, and thus may be vaccine hesitant.
The VAX-TRUST consortium consists of 10 European partners and is coordinated by Dr. Pia Vuolanto (TAU University, Finland).
The UGent team offers a one-year contract (starting in October 2021), which can be prolonged after a positive evaluation with a maximum of 4 years in total.
Last-year students are (highly) encouraged to apply.
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We are looking for candidates with :