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Preventing homelessness at the intersection of hostile policies: the experiences of young refugees in Cardiff


   Cardiff School of Geography and Planning

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  Dr Peter Mackie, Dr Richard Gale  No more applications being accepted  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Preventing homelessness at the intersection of hostile policies: the experiences of young refugees in Cardiff

Within the context of hostile social policies in the UK, the Welsh Refugee Council, Llamau and Cardiff Council plan to implement a new support service designed to prevent homelessness amongst young refugees in Cardiff. Following implementation of Cardiff’s new service, this study aims to explore the housing experiences of young refugees at risk of homelessness. The successful candidate will be expected to work collaboratively with the partner organisations and young refugees to co-design the study.

Project Description

Cardiff University, School of Geography and Planning, supported by the ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership for Wales invites applications for funded PhD study. These ‘collaborative studentships’ involve liaison with a non-academic organisation. They will commence in October 2022. The following collaborative studentships are available:

In the Human Geography pathway, “Preventing homelessness at the intersection of hostile policies: the experiences of young refugees in Cardiff”

Collaborative Partnerships

1.      Llamau

2.      Welsh Refugee Council

3.      Cardiff Council

ELIGIBILITY

Both the University and the ESRC Wales DTP value diversity and equality at all levels and we encourage applications from all sections of the community. We welcome applications for both full and part-time study.

Candidates should have a background in the social sciences, holding a 1st or strong upper 2nd class degree; applications from those with a relevant research training Masters degree (or equivalent research training) will be considered for a +3 award. Wales DTP studentships are available to both home and international (including EU/EEA) students. All applicants will be eligible for a full award consisting of a maintenance stipend and payment of tuition fees at the UK research organisation rate. Applicants must satisfy studentship eligibility requirements. For further details see the UKRI web site. Successful international student applicants will receive a fully-funded Wales DTP studentship and will not be charged the fees difference between the UK and international rate.

1+3 OR +3?

A 1+3 studentship provides funding for four years (or part-time equivalent), completing a research training Masters in the 1st year, followed by 3 years research funding for a PhD. A +3 studentship provides funding for the three years PhD research study only (or part-time equivalent).

 HOW TO APPLY

Applicants should apply via the direct application service at http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying/how-to-apply by the ESRC deadline of 12 noon, on 4th February 2022. In the funding section, please select “I will be applying for a scholarship/grant” and “ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Partnership”.

Supporting documents (and any queries) should be sent to [Email Address Removed].

Incomplete applications or applications received after the deadline will not be accepted.

1. Covering letter: Please address to Dr Mackie and Dr Gale. The covering letter (2 pages maximum) must name the collaborative studentship being applied for. It must set out your reasons and motivation for applying; expectations of doctoral study; your academic interests generally, and particularly how these relate to the description of the project supplied. Please specify whether you wish to apply on a +3 or 1+3 basis.

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

 3. References: Two academic references. Candidates must approach referees themselves and include references with their application.

 4. Curriculum Vitae: no longer than two pages.

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

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

·      An overview of 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;

·      Bibliographic references

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


Funding Notes

Studentship Awards commence in October 2022 and will cover your tuition fees as well as a maintenance grant (currently £15,285 p.a. for 2021/22 for full-time students, updated each year); and includes access to an additional Research Training Support Grant (RTSG), though an element of this latter fund may be ‘pooled’ and require separate applications from 2021 onwards. There are other opportunities and benefits available to studentship holders, including an overseas fieldwork allowance (if applicable), internship opportunities, overseas institutional visits and other small grants.

References

Preventing homelessness at the intersection of hostile policies: the experiences of young refugees in Cardiff
Housing is a cornerstone of successful resettlement for refugees, yet exits from UK government-funded asylum accommodation frequently cause homelessness, particularly amongst young people. Within the context of hostile migration, welfare, and housing policies in the UK, the Welsh Refugee Council, Llamau and Cardiff Council plan to implement a new support service designed to prevent homelessness amongst young refugees in Cardiff.
Following implementation of Cardiff’s new service, this study aims to explore the housing experiences of young refugees at risk of homelessness. Specifically, the objectives are to:
 Examine interplays between services and individual agency in shaping housing experiences
 Explore the meaning of home from the perspectives of young refugees
 Investigate emergent spaces of morality within the wider hostility of policies surrounding young refugees
The successful candidate will be expected to work collaboratively with the partner organisations and young refugees to co-design the study. The studentship will include specialist training, including in trauma-informed practice.

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