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Mind the ‘voting gap’: An econometric analysis of disability and political participation

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Sunday, May 31, 2020
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

The successful candidate will be enrolled on the Economics PhD Programme at Cardiff Business School.

As part of the ESRC research centre WISERD ( I am undertaking a programme of work on disability and political participation. This project will apply econometric methods to existing large scale secondary data for the UK, including from Understanding Society and the British Election Study, to understand the extent to which disabled people’s electoral participation and wider political engagement differs from otherwise comparable non-disabled individuals. It will build on a more established literature in the US where a significant and persistent disability ‘voting gap’ has been identified and produce evidence to inform concerns in relation to the barriers to political participation for disabled individuals (European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, 2014; House of Lords Select Committee, 2016) with implications for their participation and influence in the policy development process.

Applicant profile:
The ideal candidate will have a Masters Degree in Economics from an internationally renowned University. Applicants with a strong first degree in Economics will also be considered. Previous experience and skills in the analysis of large scale data e.g. using STATA would be an advantage. An interest in disability inequality in the UK is also essential.

Funding Notes

Applications are open until 31st May 2020. This project is not funded, applications from self-funded students are welcome. Outstanding applicants may be considered for one of the available scholarships. The start date is 1st October 2020.

For more information about scholarships, entry requirements and application process please visit our website: View Website


In the research proposal section of your application, please specify the project title and supervisor of this project and copy the project description in the text box provided.

Please include:

1. Covering Letter
2. Academic Qualifications
3. Two References
4. CV
5. Research Proposal (maximum 1000 words), taking into consideration the working title of the project.

This program is available in English only. To request information in Welsh, please contact the Postgraduate Recruitment Team ([email protected]).

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