The Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD: https://wiserd.ac.uk/) supported by the School of Social Sciences, invites applications for PhD study. This Large Centre Associated Studentship is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, and is available on a 3-year, full-time basis only. It will commence in January 2023.
Applications are invited from exceptional candidates with an appropriate Masters’ degree. The studentship is available as ’+3’ (i.e. three years of full-time doctoral study).
Applications welcomed by 14 November 2022 (1200 hours).
This is a Research Centre Associated studentship award. Applicants should take careful consideration of the working title and description of the project and may wish to contact the named members of staff for a discussion prior to applying.
Over recent decades the UK has responded to successive refugee crises. Most recently these have involved those fleeing Syria, Afghanistan and Ukraine. Whilst regulation of asylum and immigration are reserved matters for the Westminster government, the Welsh and Scottish Governments determine key areas of social policy for refugees. The devolved governments have sought to work with local authorities and civil society and provide what they assert are expansive and welcoming policy frameworks. In Wales, this is captured in the policy ‘Nation of Sanctuary’. In Scotland it is set out in ‘New Scots: Refugee Integration Strategy (2018-22)’.
In social theory terms, David Lockwood’s concept of civic stratification refers to both the systemic denial and granting of rights and emphasises social cohesion and how citizenship has a strong role to play in the structuring of group interests. Refugees are prime case in point. Contrasting territorial policy frameworks and rights regimes underline how they are subject to civic gain and civic loss. Lockwood’s work offers a propitious analytical framework to explore contemporary developments.
Overarching Research Question
Applying the concept of civic stratification, what are policy actors’ views of the issues, progress and challenges of refugee policy in the devolved nations of the UK?
A review of the literature on refugees, welfare policy and devolved governance.
In order to address the overarching study aim the research may employ a comparative case study design and, undertake social scientific data-gathering and analysis of the views of a range of policy actors associated with refugee policy in the two nations.
Theoretically informed analysis using the work of Lockwood will be applied in order to explore the impact and implications of the territorial policy frameworks on refugees in the two nations.
The 3-year timescale reflects the time necessary to gain access to the field and, in order to undertake an in-depth study of the contrasting policy frameworks, sufficient time to collect data over time and in different settings to enable a comparative analysis.
Professor Paul Chaney, WISERD Co-Director: https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/people/view/38111-chaney-paul
Professor Ian Rees Jones, Civil Society Centre Director, WISERD: https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/people/view/38034-jones-ian
ESRC studentships are highly competitive. Candidates should have an excellent academic background in the social sciences, holding a relevant research training Masters degree (or an equivalent background in research training) to be considered for this 3-year award. Successful applicants will be eligible for a full award consisting of a maintenance stipend and payment of tuition fees at the UK research organisation rate. Applicants must satisfy studentship eligibility requirements. For further details see the UKRI website.
The closing deadline for applications is 12.00 noon on Monday, 14 November 2022. Short-listed applicants will be invited to interview, which are expected to take place between 28/11/2022 and 02/12/2022.