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Ageing with Long-Term Chronic Disabling Conditions

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  • Full or part time
    Prof K Atkin
    Prof S Nettleton
  • Application Deadline
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  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

The purpose of this studentship is to explore theoretically and empirically the sociological consequences of ageing with long-standing chronic disabling conditions. Drawing on key theoretical concepts associated with disability and ageing, in addition to the sociology of health and illness, the PhD thesis will help develop, refine and interpret ways of understanding the experience of adults, who have lived with chronic disabling conditions over a long period of time.

Issues likely to be addressed may include how people give meaning to their experience and locate it within an ageing trajectory, alongside the social consequences of living with a long-term condition, which may focus on family relationships, employment, physical environments and education and the negotiation of disadvantage.

We anticipate the thesis to be qualitative, although we are open to proposals adopting a more mixed methods approach. The successful candidate may choose to focus on either one particular condition and/or disability or a range of conditions/disabilities, from which to generate a theoretical understanding of how people negotiate long-term disabling conditions across the life course.

The studentship would suit candidates who have studied sociology at an undergraduate and/or postgraduate level and have an understanding and commitment to theoretically informed sociological approaches. This studentship provides a unique opportunity to help shape a major international research programme conducting high profile research, which furthers our understanding of ageing with a long-term condition.

Funding Notes

This studentship is open to all applicants on a full time-basis (3 years) and provides a tax-free stipend per annum in line with RCUK standard rates (currently £14,777 for 2018/19) and tuition fees at the UK/EU rate.

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