2015 University of Glasgow PhD Studentship in “Housing & Welfare in times of ‘austerity

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Application Deadline:
Applications  are  invited  for   a   PhD  studentship  to   commence  in  October  2015.  The studentship
is   funded  by  the  University  of  Glasgow  and   will   be  based  within  the  Urban  Big  Data  Centre (UBDC).   It   offers an  excellent  opportunity for   an  outstanding  candidate to  join  a  world-­leading  interdisciplinary  research  group.
The  UBDC  is  an  ESRC-funded data  service  promoting  the  use  of  innovative  methods  and  complex   urban  data  to  address  global  city  challenges.  It  also  runs  a  substantial  and  growing  programme  of   research  of  its  own. The  studentship will  play  an  important  role  in  the  development  of  the  UBDC’s
academic  mission.
  • This  PhD  will  be  based  around  the  use  of  these kinds  of  data  to  address  an  important  contemporary  issue  for  housing  policy  in  UK.
  • The  candidate  will  develop  the  focus  of  the  studentship  in  conjunction  with  the  supervisor.
  • In broad  terms,  the  context  for  the  work  is  provided  by  the  on-­going  process  of  ‘austerity’  or  the  sharp  reductions  in  public  expend
Studentship  award
  • Funding  is  available to  provide  a  three-year  (+3)  award.
  • Candidates  should  have completed advanced  methods  training  at  Masters  level  or  have  equivalent  research  experience.
  • The  award  will  cover  fees (Home/EU  or  International),  and  provide  an  annual  stipend  at  the  standard  ESRC  rate  (for  2015/16,  this  is  £14,002 tbc) plus  an  annual  allowance  for  researchor  training expenses  (£750  per  year).
  • Applicants  need  a  good  first  degree  (2.1.  or  higher)  in  the  social  sciences  or  another  relevant   discipline  such  as  statistics.
  • They  should  be  able  to  demonstrate  some  knowledge  and  understanding  of  quantitative  social  research  methods,  as  well  as  the  desire  and  aptitude  to  develop  a  high  level  of  expertise  in  this  area.
  • Applicants  with  strong  quantitative  skills  such  as  those  from  statistics  who  do  not  have  a  social  science  background  will be  considered;  the  award  of  the  studentship  may  be  conditional  on  them  successfully  completing  additional  training  in  social  theory  during  their  first  PhD  year.
  • Students  due  to  complete  a  Masters programme  prior  to  October  2015 are  encouraged  to  apply although  any  award  may  be  contingent  on  final  results.
How  to  apply
  • The  closing  date  for  applications  is  noted  above,  with  interviews  to  be  held  with  short‐listed   candidates  on  a  date  to  be  confirmed;  for  overseas  applicants,  interviews  are  likely  to  be  via  Skype  or  similar.
  • All  applicants  should  attach  the  following  documentation  to  a  single  email  and  send  to with  “PhD  studentship”  as  the  subject:
•PhD  Scholarship  Application   Form– available  from
• Full  academic  transcript(s)  from  previous  studies  (undergraduate  and  postgraduate  if   applicable).
• Two references on  official  headed  notepaper  and  signed  by  referees.  References  given  to
candidates  in sealed  envelopes  should  be  opened,  scanned  and  attached  to  the  email.
Alternatively,  referees can email  references directly to from  an  official  work  email  address,  clearly  labelling  the  reference e.g.  “PhD  studentship–Reference for  [applicant  name]”.
• Personal  statement :  a statement  of  your  interest  in  the  PhD
indicating  the  kinds  of  research  question  you  would  like  to  address  (maximum  1000  words).
•A  curriculum  vitae  (CV)  may  be  included  if  desired  but  is  not  necessary.
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