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Lost or Lasting Legacy? Appraising the Medium-Term and Longer-Term Impact of Local Anti-Poverty Interventions

   Glasgow School for Business and Society

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About the Project

Glasgow Caledonian University/ The Glasgow School for Business and Society https://www.gcu.ac.uk/gsbs/

Project Reference Number: GSBS/2022/003

Supervisory Team:

Director of Studies: Name: Professor John H. McKendrick

Email: [Email Address Removed]

GCU Research Online URL: (essential): https://researchonline.gcu.ac.uk/en/persons/john-mckendrick

Second Supervsior: Name: Professor Stephen Sinclair

Email: [Email Address Removed]

GCU Research Online URL: (essential): https://researchonline.gcu.ac.uk/en/persons/stephen-sinclair

Third Supervisor: Name: Dr Thomas Montgomery

Email: https://researchonline.gcu.ac.uk/en/persons/thomas-montgomery

GCU Research Online URL: (essential): [Email Address Removed]


The Scottish Poverty and Inequality Research Unit seeks to appoint a Ph.D. candidate to examine the legacy of short- and fixed- term interventions to tackle poverty locally. This is a funded university studentship, covering fees and stipend. As part of the application, candidates are requested to submit an outline proposal (of a maximum of 1500 words), specifying how they would propose to approach this research. Although no restrictions are placed on the theoretical underpinnings, substantive focus and disciplinary background for the research, the successful candidate is expected to propose a project that aligns with the work of the Unit. It is expected that the research will examine the impact of a carefully selected sample of anti-poverty interventions, for which the initial short-term project funding has now ceased.

The successful candidate will be able to evidence their research potential and will have a strong desire to contribute through research to efforts to eradicate and/or ameliorate poverty.

The Scottish Poverty and Inequality Research Unit (SPIRU) is an interdisciplinary research group based at Glasgow Caledonian University working in partnership with the Poverty Alliance and other stakeholders to investigate and develop effective responses to poverty and inequality in Scotland and beyond. SPIRU is committed to advancing GCU’s mission to promote the Common Good and the University’s research aligned to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which prioritise eradicating poverty and resolve to leave no one behind. SPIRU is currently one of the National Partners to the Local Child Poverty Co-ordination Group, providing support to local areas as they meet their obligations under the Child Poverty (Scotland) Act 2017.

How to Apply 

This project is available as a 3 years full-time PhD study programme with expected start date of 1 October 2022 

Applicants should possess an honours degree (2:1 or above) and/or Masters degree in a related area of study, demonstrating sufficient evidence of academic/research ability in their chosen research area. 

Candidates are encouraged to contact the research supervisors for the project before applying. 

Candidates are required to submit a detailed proposal (of a maximum 2000 words) 

Applicants should apply for their preferred intake date using the full-time social sciences link via the Application Process page.  

The closing date for applications is Monday the 21st February 2022.

Applicants shortlisted for the PhD project will be contacted for an interview within four weeks from the closing date.  

Please send any other enquires regarding your application to: [Email Address Removed] 

Funding Notes

A range of funded studentships and fees only scholarships are available to the best candidates. 
For students commencing their studies in 2022/23:
The studentship is worth £20,400 per year for three years. The studentship covers payment of tuition fees (£4,560 for Home/RUK students or £15,700 for EU/International students) plus an annual stipend of £15,840 for Home/RUK students or an annual scholarship of £4,700 for EU/International students.
EU/International candidates of outstanding calibre may be awarded a studentship of £31,540 per year for three years. The International Enhanced Scholarship covers payment of tuition fees (£15,700) plus an annual stipend of £15,840.
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