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Linking housing, poverty & the labour market


   College of Social Sciences

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  Dr N Bailey  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

SGSSS-DTC ESRC Administrative Data Research Centre Studentship

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship pioneering the use of linked administrative datasets to examine the relationships between housing and the labour market. The successful applicant will have an interest in social or public policy, and they will be keen to develop quantitative research skills.

Administrative data are the records each of us leaves as a result of our interactions with a wide range of administrative systems, including those for the labour market (employment and tax), housing (property transactions, private or social rentals) or welfare (benefits), for example. Researchers can gain valuable understanding by linking data across different systems to track large numbers of (anonymized) individual cases over time. The ESRC has invested considerable resources in the Administrative Data Research Network to support this kind of research.

The studentship will be associated with the Administrative Data Research Centre for Scotland (ADRC-S). The student will be located within Urban Studies, one of Europe’s leading centres for inter-disciplinary urban research, rated joint first in its field at the REF 2014. They will benefit from excellent supervisory support from Professors Nick Bailey and Ken Gibb. The studentship therefore provides a superb opportunity for a high quality academic training which will equip the student with skills and knowledge which are in high demand.

The award is available as a ‘+3’ or ‘1+3’ studentship.
A ‘+3’ studentship is available to someone who has completed or is near to completing a relevant Masters qualification and therefore meets the research training requirements. The student would commence work on the PhD immediately. Funding would cover 3 years’ fees and provide an annual stipend of £14,296 (2016/17 rate) as well as £750 pa for research and training expenses.

A ‘1+3’ studentship is available to someone who has graduated or just completed the final year of an undergraduate degree. For the first year, the student undertakes the research training Masters degree. During this time, the award covers fees. After that, the student commences work on the PhD. For those 3 years, the award covers fees, and provides a stipend and an allowance for research and training expenses.

All applicants must have a good first degree (2.1. or higher) in the social sciences or another relevant discipline (such as statistics) or, if in the final year of an undergraduate degree, should be projected to achieve this. Applicants for a ‘+3’ award should also be able to show that they meet the ESRC’s research training requirements: successful completion of Masters-level courses in quantitative methods, in qualitative methods and in social theory for social scientists. Students still to complete their Masters programme prior in 2016 are encouraged to apply although any award may be contingent on final results.

There are important residency requirements for this studentship. Funding for fees is only available to people who are ‘ordinarily resident in an EU state’ while the stipend is only payable to people who are also ‘ordinarily resident in the UK’
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