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University of Reading Sociology PhD Projects

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  Applied Economics: What works for firms and the gender pay gap?
  Prof G Razzu, Dr C Singleton
Applications accepted all year round

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A vast literature has studied the determinants of gender pay gaps (see for reviews Altonji and Blank, 1999; Weichselbaumer and Winter-Ebmer, 2005; Blau and Kahn, 2017).
  The Economics of Superstars: Wages in Sport - understanding using primary data the changes over the postwar period in sport for its foremost performers
  Dr J Reade, Dr S Jewell
Applications accepted all year round

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The work of Sherwin Rosen (1981) established a literature on the economics of superstars - an attempt to explain the very high premia top performers in a given field are able to attract.
  The fourth agricultural revolution: social and ethical issues at the interfaces between technology and farming communities
  Dr D Rose
Application Deadline: 7 September 2019

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Agriculture sits on the cusp of a fourth technology revolution. New technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence, Drones, Big Data, the Internet of Things, robotics, gene editing (and more!), have the potential to transform food production beyond recognition.
  Son preference and sex selection: Diffusion processes and re-evaluation of policies in India.
  Dr S Dubuc
Applications accepted all year round

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Amartya Sen’s seminal article ‘More Than 100 Million Women Are Missing’ in 1990, brought the topic of sex-selection against females to global attention and inspired academic work in the field1.
  Architectural Atmospheres: Tools, Methods and Design Processes - what agents and processes are brought into play to make the notion of atmosphere operational in defining new tools and design methodologies
  Dr I Wieczorek, Prof F B Samuel
Applications accepted all year round

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This PhD is open to those who wish to explore and promote the sensory dimension of the built environment and, particularly, to evaluate and critically reflect on the notion of ambiance/atmosphere (as a spatial phenomenon) and its importance for the design of lived space, and thus, its implications for architectural production.
  Developing a security-minded but open and transparent digital built environment sector
  Prof C Harty
Applications accepted all year round

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The built environment sector in the UK has been undergoing a digital transformation.
  Housing developer’s use of demonstration projects to trial and roll out off-site production
  Dr L Schweber, Prof M Sexton
Applications accepted all year round

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In many countries and firms, the promotion of green building has started with demonstration projects. The aim of these projects is to provide a niche where firms and businesses can develop new ways of working, free from regular commercial constraints.
  Off-site production and the redrawing of professional boundaries
  Prof M Sexton, Dr L Schweber
Applications accepted all year round

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The mix between on and off-site production in the construction sector varies across countries and regions. In many countries, changing market demand is driving a shift in the balance between on and off-site work.
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