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Using administrative data to better understand social policy challenges in Northern Ireland and Great Britain.


   Queen’s University Management School

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About the Project

This 3-year studentship is fully-funded, covering all fees and providing a stipend. This stipend will support work towards a PhD, awarded on the basis of original research presented in a written thesis. The studentship is intended to support quantitative research, using administrative data, into social policy challenges relating to the research agenda of the Administrative Data Research Centre for Northern Ireland (ADRC-NI) team in Queen’s Management School (QMS). Potential topics could include (but are not limited to) inequality and social policy reforms in Northern Ireland and Great Britain, and educational inequality and school exclusion.

Project Description

The studentship is intended to support quantitative research, using administrative data, into social policy challenges relating to the research agenda of the ADRC-NI team in QMS. For example, PhD research on inequality and social policy reforms in Northern Ireland could potentially include the study of specific welfare or other social policy reforms and their impacts on income, inequality, benefit receipt and employment, or comparative study of welfare reform and mitigation measure impacts on these outcomes in Northern Ireland and Great Britain. PhD research on educational inequality and school exclusion could build on ongoing work by the ADRC-NI team on the impacts of school exclusion on educational and labour market outcomes in England, to examine, for example, evidence for teacher biases in student assessments and their association with school exclusions, impacts of strategic exclusions on educational and labour market outcomes, or links between school experiences including exclusion and inequalities in social justice outcomes. 

The successful candidate will work closely with the existing team of researchers at QMS studying social policy issues as part of the work of the wider ADRC-NI. There will also be opportunities for inter-disciplinary interaction with the wider ADRC-NI team outside of QMS.  

This project takes place within QMS, located at Riddel Hall in Belfast, offering world-class research facilities. In addition to the ADRC-NI research team at QMS and wider ADRC-NI network, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to interact with and draw upon the support of a team of internationally renowned economists in the QMS Economics Group

As a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities, Queen’s University Belfast has an outstanding reputation and tradition for research excellence. The results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) placed Queen’s University eighth in the UK for research intensity. QMS is one of UK’s leading Management Schools. The School has an excellent track record in research. QMS has a vibrant PhD student community and a broad international network of academic support.

The post is open to start from 1/10/2022, but no later than 31/01/2023. 

Candidates should hold, or be in the process of completing, a UK Master’s degree in Economics or cognate discipline, with an overall average mark of at least 60% (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University). Ideally, candidates should also have a demonstrated interest in econometric analysis of large data sets.

Apply at the direct online portal here and enter the text “QMS2022ECO/SP” into the funding field.

Informal enquiries may be directed to Professor Duncan McVicar, [Email Address Removed].

Salary Scale: Subject to eligibility for a full award (covering stipend and fees) the standard rate for 2021-22 is: stipend £15,609 (tax free) pa and Home/EU fees at £4,500 pa.

The University is committed to an Equal Opportunities Policy.

Project Keywords:

Economics, social policy, inequality, poverty, education, labour economics, big data


Funding Notes

The Department for the Economy Postgraduate Studentships:
https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/department-economy-postgraduate-studentship-scheme
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