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PhDs in Regional Economic and Social Research

Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research

About the Programme

Our research focuses on issues of social and economic disadvantage as experienced by places and people. We invite applications for research study in any of our research strengths, which include:
• Cities and Infrastructure
• Environmental sustainability and energy
• Housing
• Labour markets
• Spatial disadvantage
• Voluntary and Community Sector

The Centre for Economic and Social Research (CRESR)


CRESR has a strong commitment to academically rich, applied policy research which provides a particularly enriching research environment for postgraduate scholars, providing detailed day-to-day insights to the world of policy and practice through an academic lens. CRESR PhD researchers are supervised by leading academics with extensive experience of undertaking high quality research and academic scholarship.

81% of CRESR's research submitted to the 2014 REF was rated at least internationally excellent.

We have an active seminar programme with speakers from across the UK, as well as a free to access journal People, Place and Policy Online which draws readers from around the world.


PhD researchers in CRESR also benefit from the Centre's involvement with the White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership, providing a range of training, collaboration and networking opportunities for PhD researchers.

Funding notes

Scholarships may be available on a competitive basis in this area. Please visit our website for more information https://www.shu.ac.uk/research/degrees/phd-scholarships.

We are also part of the White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership https://wrdtp.ac.uk/

How to apply

Information on entry requirements, fees and other costs can be found on our online prospectus https://www.shu.ac.uk/courses/sociology-and-politics/phd-centre-for-regional-economic-and-social-research/full-time/2019

For information on how to apply please visit https://www.shu.ac.uk/research/degrees

For general enquiries about our PhDs in CRESR, please contact

Funding Notes

There are currently no available studentships. Any future studentships will be advertised when available.

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