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Inter-ethnic/religious mixing in ‘post-conflict’ Northern Ireland

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Monday, April 29, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About This PhD Project

Project Description

The School of Natural and Built Environment at Queen's University Belfast offers a three-year Department for the Economy (DfE) funded PhD studentship (starting September 2019). The researcher will be based in Geography at Queen’s University Belfast within the Culture and Society Research Cluster, under the supervision of Dr Gemma Catney ().

This project will explore the dynamics of ethnic mixing in a ‘post-conflict’ society, traditionally divided along sectarian lines (Protestants and Catholics). Northern Ireland has a small but growing Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic population, and there is much to be learned about the extent and nature of mixing between established and emerging ethnic and religious groups. The specific focus of the project will be determined between the student and supervisor, but core issues to be considered include, for example: the diversity of social networks and how these have changed over time, the geographies of inter-group mixing and the factors which shape them, and the extent to which sectarian issues may interact with new forms of mixing. The research will explore place of residence as a major site of interaction, but also move beyond it, to think more broadly about the ways in which people from different backgrounds may have meaningful interactions.

There is some flexibility in how this project would be undertaken, but ideally you will be comfortable with adopting a mixed (quantitative and qualitative) methodology. To apply, candidates should send a short project proposal of around 500 words, along with their CV (which should outline academic qualifications and experience). The project proposal should provide: suggested research questions to be explored, brief context for the research questions in terms of the relevant literature, and an outline of the methodological approach(es) which could be adopted.

Candidates may be called to an interview based on a short PowerPoint presentation and questions and answers. Applicants should have (or be expected to obtain) at least an undergraduate degree at 2.1 or higher in a Social Sciences discipline such as (Human) Geography, Sociology and Social Policy, or Economics. A postgraduate qualification such as a Master's degree in an allied discipline is desirable. The closing date for applications is Monday 29 April 2019 at 4pm by email to Dr Gemma Catney (). The studentship will start in September 2019.
The successful candidate will be funded through a DfE studentship (including (2018-19 rate) a stipend of £14,777 and Home/EU fees). The candidate must have been ordinarily resident in the UK for 3 years (with no restrictions). EU residents may be eligible for studentship covering fees-only.

For further details, or if you have any other enquiries, please email Gemma Catney:

Further details regarding eligibility criteria (including academic, citizenship and residency criteria) are available at the following link:

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