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Political geographies of housing and home (Advert Reference: RDF22/EE/GES/FERRERI)

   Faculty of Engineering and Environment

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  Dr Mara Ferreri  No more applications being accepted  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

A new wave of geographical scholarship on the housing and home has recently entered what was traditionally the purview of housing policy, planning and urban studies. This is a scholarship that addresses housing and home as politically significant places. It is a scholarship concerned with evictions, displacement, stigma, marginalization and precarization, but also with alternatives and forms of resistance, drawing on feminist approaches underlining home-making, social reproduction and care. Expanding our understanding of the politics of housing and home as produced, lived, imagined and contested - individually and collectively – this approach offers new openings for the advancement of disciplinary and interdisciplinary debates. Methodologically, this expansion is accompanied by a need for situated approaches that understand dwelling as a verb and that place dwellers as active subjects at the core of knowledge production. It encourages a situated approach that acknowledges the power relations informing ‘housing’ as a subject of inquiry, and that addresses how normative definitions of housing and home can make invisible alternative practices, histories and understandings.

This call seeks a candidate interested in undertaking a research project to advance, theoretically and methodologically, political geographies of housing and home in (a) place/s of their choice. Topics could include but are not limited to:

  • Geographies of precarious urban dwelling
  • Struggles for emplacement in the face of gentrification, eviction and displacement
  • Housing commons and community-led alternatives
  • Politics of digital platform in housing management
  • Social reproduction, embodiment and care in housing politics
  • Under-represented housing struggles and its protagonists, both past and contemporary
  • The intersection of housing activism and wider organising for social and spatial justice.

We would particularly welcome proposals that engage with critical social theory, and that seek to develop an innovative qualitative methodological approach, including working with non-traditional research techniques and participatory and/or action research frameworks.

The Principal Supervisor for this project is Dr. Mara Ferreri.

Eligibility and How to Apply:

Please note eligibility requirement:

  • Academic excellence of the proposed student i.e. 2:1 (or equivalent GPA from non-UK universities [preference for 1st class honours]); or a Masters (preference for Merit or above); or APEL evidence of substantial practitioner achievement.
  • Appropriate IELTS score, if required.
  • Applicants cannot apply for this funding if currently engaged in Doctoral study at Northumbria or elsewhere or if they have previously been awarded a PhD.

For further details of how to apply, entry requirements and the application form, see

Please note: Applications that do not include a research proposal of approximately 1,000 words (not a copy of the advert), or that do not include the advert reference (e.g. RDF22/…) will not be considered.

Deadline for applications: 18 February 2022

Start Date: 1 October 2022

Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff and students. We welcome applications from all members of the community.

Funding Notes

Each studentship supports a full stipend, paid for three years at RCUK rates (for 2021/22 full-time study this is £15,609 per year) and full tuition fees. UK and international (including EU) candidates may apply.
Studentships are available for applicants who wish to study on a part-time basis over 5 years (0.6 FTE, stipend £9,365 per year and full tuition fees) in combination with work or personal responsibilities.
Please also read the full funding notes which include advice for international and part-time applicants.


Ferreri, M. and Vidal-Folch, L. (2021) Public-cooperative policy mechanisms for housing commons. International Journal of Housing Policy Research. (OA Early View)
Ferreri, M. (2020) Painted bullet holes and broken promises: understanding and challenging municipal dispossession in London’s public housing ‘decanting’. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. 44 (6), pp. 1007-1022.
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