About the Project
• A mapping of the current system status according to relevant group features and the observed patterns of interaction, based on quantitative and qualitative data collected from our services and users.
• A series of models providing a forecast of what the system would look like in the future if we changed its internal dynamics, introduced or removed system elements, increased or decreased the number of actors in different groups or required them to change their way of operating.
The ultimate aim of the exercise is to inform SCC’s decision making on changes to the processes, procedures and policies applicable to the management of placements that would improve the way we serve the needs of vulnerable young people in Surrey.
The project will be located in the Centre for Research in Social Simulation (CRESS) at the University of Surrey, Guildford, UK and will have three supervisors: Professor Nigel Gilbert and Dr Corinna Elsenbroich from the University of Surrey and Dr Sara Dicerto of SCC as a Collaborative Supervisor.
How to Apply:
Candidates should have a good first degree (2.1 or above) in a social science discipline and be fluent in English language (IELTS 7.0 or above with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or an equivalent). A background in social work, experience of qualitative interviewing, and an interest and knowledge of computer modelling and statistics for the social sciences would all be advantages for this studentship. The student will need to pass a DBS check.
Application should be made through the University of Surrey Sociology programme page as soon as possible and before 1 August 2018. Note that a personal statement explaining your interest and qualifications must be included in the application, but a research proposal is not needed.
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