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Our Department is an internationally renowned centre of excellence for the teaching and research of urban issues and planning, guided by our mission to contribute to making vibrant, sustainable and socially just places. Our research has been rated 4*'internationally excellent' with ‘outstanding impacts', the best among all UK planning schools and one of the best in the world. We're also the top rated RTPI accredited planning school in the UK following the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. Our academic staff are research active on behalf of government, research councils, business, the voluntary sector and local communities in UK and across the globe. This link with dynamic, cutting edge thinking ensures up-to-the-minute relevance of teaching material and we are committed to ensuring that our research has a significant and positive impact locally, nationally and internationally.
Research at Urban Studies and Planning
The studentships are not tied directly to projects, and we welcome applications on any topic. However, we are particularly interested in recruiting excellent students to work in the following fields:
• the impact of urban policy and state practices on social
justice in global North and South (working with colleagues in South
• engaged research on community governance (working with a community
• real estate
• welfare conditionality in the UK.
We currently have doctorates grouped in the following themes, which include study areas from across the world:
• Housing and real estate
• Urban lives and social change
• Urban and regional governance
• The value of planning
• Environment and sustainable cities
• Spatial analysis
• Infrastructure and urban systems
We're interested in innovative social research methods, and can offer supervision across a wide range of methodological and theoretical approaches. We welcome students wanting to use both qualitative and quantitative methods in their studies.
The PhD Programme
We're part of the White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Centre (WRDTC) which is a national centre of excellence supported by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). We've strong links with the University's E-Futures Doctoral Training Centre and the Nuclear First Doctoral Training Centre, both of which are funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
You'll be joining one of the largest and most successful Research Schools in the discipline, with the provision of high quality supervision and research training in a lively and supportive environment.
The value of a Sheffield PhD can be seen in the rapidity with which graduates have obtained employment in a range of contexts including not just academia but also local and central government and the charitable sector. The quality of the scholarship of research students is evidenced in their increasing presence at national and international conferences as well as in a growing body of published articles.
There are a number of varied funding opportunities available to study with us.
Details on our current funding opportunities can be found at:
Dr Steve Connelly, Director of Postgraduate Research
Tel. +44 114 222 6916
Email: [email protected]
We need to receive your course application, funding application(s) and full supporting documents by Tuesday 2 February 2016. You should make sure your referees are aware of the time-frame and that the reference will form part of your funding application.
Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. Applications for this programme are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full programme details for further information.