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Sustainable Healthy and Learning Cities and Neighbourhoods in Africa and Asia Scholarship

  • Funded PhD Programme (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Programme (Students Worldwide)

Profile Description

We are looking for three PhD students to join the GCRF Centre for Sustainable, Healthy and Learning Cities and Neighbourhoods (SHLC). SHLC is one of the 37 major projects funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), which aims to build upon research knowledge and strengthen capacity to help address challenges in the developing countries. SHLC has two overarching objectives:

  1. To conduct comparative studies of urbanisation and the formation and differentiation of neighbourhoods in cities in order to address the challenges associated with large-scale rural-to-urban migration in Africa and Asia; and
  2. To strengthen research capacity among urban researchers, government officials and policy makers in the public and private sectors both in the UK and in developing countries.

The Centre, based at the University of Glasgow, has eight international partners in South Africa, Tanzania, Rwanda, India, Bangladesh, China and the Philippines. The Centre's research programme will involve neighbourhood level analysis in 14 case study cities located in these countries.

PhD Topics
PhD will focus on at least one of three SHLC ‘themes': education, health, or urban studies in relation to developing country cities and neighbourhoods. Mixed methods approaches are welcome.

We are particularly interested in proposals that encompass any of the following topics:

  • The development and operationalisation of indicators/classification/measures of spatial differentiation (including its temporal evolution) of neighbourhoods within SHLC case study cities, and the implications of spatial differentiation for access to public services;
  • The development and operationalisation of indicators/classification/measures for lifelong learning in cities and neighbourhoods in the global south, including links to a range of life wide literacies;
  • Qualitative/ethnographic studies of neighbourhoods in SHLC case study cities paying particular attention to the interaction between urban, health and education challenges
  • Investigations of the impact of informality on social sustainability in neighbourhoods within SHLC case study cities, paying particular attention to the interaction between urban, health and education challenges
  • Understanding the spatial effect and relationship between neighbourhood-level and city-level influences on residents' health, paying particular attention to variations by health outcome, person and/or SHLC case study city/country.

Successful candidates will be allocated a lead supervisor from among the academic staff associated with SHLC at the University of Glasgow (Prof Ya Ping Wang, Prof Keith Kintrea, Prof Rich Mitchell, Prof Michele Schweisfurth, Prof Michael Osborne, Dr. Amin Kamete or Dr Jing Yao), depending on the match between PhD students and staff research interests.

For full details on how to apply, please see our website. Deadline is 17 June 2018.

Funding Notes

- Open to Home/EU and International applicants
- Masters qualification or equivalent
- Candidates should be able to travel to work for short periods in developing countries as required by the research.
- Ideally, candidates will have some experience in carrying out research in, or relevant to, cities and neighbourhoods in developing countries.

Scholarship is open to +3 (3 years PhD only) commencing in October 2018 and will provide:
- a stipend at the RCUK rate (2018-19 rate is £14,777 FT / £8,866.20 PY)
- 100 % tuition fee waiver
- access to the Research Training Support Grant

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