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PhD in Economics - Disability and Social Participation


Cardiff Business School

Cardiff United Kingdom Disability Studies Econometrics Financial Economics Macroeconomics Microeconomics Economics Political Economics Socio Economics

About the Project

Cardiff Business School invites applications from exceptional candidates with a first class or strong upper second class honours degree, and appropriate Master’s degree with an average mark of at least 65%. Applications can also be considered from holders of a first-class undergraduate degree in Economics or similar subject with significant economic content.

The University value diversity and equality at all levels and we encourage applications from all sections of the community, irrespective of age, disability, sex, gender identity, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief and sexual orientation. 

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

Applicant profile

The ideal candidate for this project 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.

Details of the project:

Disability onset is associated with substantial economic disadvantage in the UK. However, we know much less about the broader social impact of disability, including the impact on personal relationships and social participation. Yet this is also likely to contribute to changes in wellbeing at disability onset. This PhD will focus on integrating social participation into the recent literature identifying the causal relationship between disability and economic outcomes using longitudinal data (Charles, 2003; Mok et al., 2008; Jones et al. 2018). By applying advanced econometric methods to rich longitudinal data from Understanding Society which, since 2009, has surveyed about 40,000 households annually, this PhD will explore the impact of acquired disability and quantify its impact on measures such as marriage/divorce and/or participation in society and the community. The availability of longitudinal data facilitates the analysis of changes in participation among the same individuals pre and post disability onset to explore the causal impact of disability.

This PhD is related to a wider ESRC Research Centre in which the supervisor (Professor Melanie Jones) is involved and the findings will be particularly relevant to disability equality organisations which will form part of a broader advisory group.

Applicants should take careful consideration of the working title and description of the project, and may wish to contact the named member of staff for a discussion prior to applying.

·      The Lead supervisor on this project is, Professor Melanie Jones,

When applying, please specify the project title and supervisor of this project and whether you are self-funded or are applying for funding (within or external to the University).

The application must contain the following documents:

1. Covering letter: The covering letter must name the project being applied for and should be addressed to the supervisor. It must set out your reasons and motivation for applying to study at Cardiff University; your understanding, and expectations of doctoral study; and your academic interests generally, and particularly how these relate to the description of the project supplied. The covering letter should be no more than two pages.

2. Academic / Professional Qualifications: Where appropriate, this should also include proof of English Language Competency (7.0 IELTS minimum).

3. References: All applications require two academic references to be submitted in support. Candidates must approach referees themselves and include the references with their application.

4. Curriculum Vitae: This should be no longer than two pages.

5. Research Proposal: The proposal should build directly on the project description that has been supplied. The proposal should be up to a maximum of 1000 words, not including bibliographic references. We suggest that you use the following five headings in your research proposal:

• Your reflections on the title, aims and purpose of the research;

• An overview of some key research literature relevant to the study;

• Your proposals for developing the design and methods of the study;

• A description of potential outcomes of the project for understanding, knowledge, policy and practice (as appropriate to the topic);

• Bibliographic references

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


Funding Notes

Applications are open until 31st May 2021, however if sufficient applications are received we reserve the right to close the application early.
This project is not funded, applications from self-funded students are welcome. Outstanding applicants may be considered for one of the available University scholarships. The start date is 1st October 2021.
For more information about scholarships, entry requirements and application process please visit our website: View Website

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