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The Right to be Heard: LGBT+ young people’s experience in schools in UK and Argentina

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Monday, March 02, 2020
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

This studentship will be based in Lancaster provide the opportunity to work within an existing collaboration between Lancaster University and Facultad Latinamericana de Cienceias Sociales (FLACSO) in Buenos Aires. The collaboration is developing programmes of work focused on the experiences of LGBT+ young people in schools and the impact of these experiences on their mental health and well-being.

Young people’s mental health is globally recognised as a key health challenge and there are strong links between mental health and sexuality with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) young people significantly more likely to experience poor mental health and well-being. LGBT young people’s experiences of bullying and marginalisation in schools contribute to their poor mental health outcomes and simultaneously impede their right to the longer-term benefits of education. Addressing these issues contributes to Lancaster University Faculty of Health and Medicine’s commitment to address health inequalities and public mental health through research and policy development. This area of work is led by Professor Elizabeth McDermott. LGBT+ mental health is also a major concern within Argentina and elsewhere in Latin America with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) identifying that working towards universal health requires addressing the needs of marginalized populations, including LGBT young people.

The studentship will add to the very limited empirical literature relating to LGBT+ young people’s experience in schools and will provide an opportunity to compare these experiences in UK and Argentina. The opportunity to compare experiences in the two countries will allow the studentship to consider the value of taking an overtly human rights approach to health and social policy, as has been the case for some time in Argentina and which we believe has considerable potential in a UK context.

Given the marginalisation and the lack of voice which characterises LGBT+ young people’s experience the PhD will take a participatory methodological approach that is likely to involve on-line facilitation of group work involving LGBT+ young people from both UK and Argentina building on our experiences over the last 12 month. One key outcome of the PhD will be the development and refinement of methodologies to work with marginalised groups on-line.

The supervisors of the proposed studentship both have extensive experience of participatory research and working with young people. Any on-line work with Argentinian young people will be supported by colleagues from FLACSO who will also facilitate interpretation and translation.

The impact of the PhD will come from better understanding of LGBT+ experiences which will be fed back directly to schools and contribute to the current debates about the content and delivery of relationships education in schools. The methodological approaches will inform research and youth work practice in this field.

This studentship provides an opportunity to develop new empirical and methodological insights while working in an active and creative collaboration between two very different countries and cultures. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop their own knowledge and experience of research in this fascinating field as part of a collaboration committed to using research to reduce inequalities and put human rights at the heart of policy and practice with LGBT+ young people.

As part of our ongoing commitment to building research capacity from within the LGBT+ community we will actively seek applications from students who identify themselves in this way

Funding Notes

Applications should be made directly to Dr Mark Limmer and should include:

CV (max 2 A4 sides), including details of two academic references
A cover letter outlining your qualifications and interest in the studentship (max 2 A4 sides)

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