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PhD in City and Regional Planning: Changing cultures under devolved housing policy: the case of UK homelessness services

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Key facts

Application deadline 23 June 2017
Start date 1 October 2017
Duration 3 years
Level of study Postgraduate research
Award type PhD studentship
Number of studentships 1

There have recently been radical changes to homelessness policies and laws across the UK, with homelessness prevention now a noticeable priority (Mackie 2015, 2017).

As new laws begin to embed and services change, we are witnessing shifting cultures within front-line homelessness services – at least in some parts of the UK (Mackie 2017). The extent, nature and impacts of these shifting cultures have hardly been explored and are poorly understood and yet there is great interest in the apparent changes amongst policy makers, practitioners and scholars in the UK and further afield.

This project aims to explore the emerging cultural shift amongst homelessness services in the UK. What has changed? What geographical variations exist and why? How is the cultural shift experienced by service providers and homeless people? How might ‘positive’ shifts in service cultures be transferred? These are all questions this PhD studentship might usefully explore.

This PhD will make an important contribution to housing and homelessness studies as part of a wider body of work expected to emerge from the CaCHE.

The School of Geography and Planning is a major international centre for research in human geography and planning. Scholars in the school play a leading role in academic and policy debates at national and international levels.

Following the establishment of the new ESRC/AHRC/Joseph Rowntree Foundation Housing Evidence Centre, the School of Geography and Planning is recruiting a committed research student for the pursuit of an innovative, cutting-edge research project at PhD level in the field of homelessness studies.

The PhD studentship is fully funded by the school and will be linked to the new UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE) which brings together a network of nine academic institutions, as well as non-academic partners in policy and practice. Cardiff University is a key partner in the evidence centre. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to work closely with colleagues and PhD students from across the CaCHE network, will be supervised by a leading expert in the field of homelessness, and will receive guidance from non-academic partners.

Supervisors

Contact

Dr Peter Mackie

Dr Peter Mackie

Reader

Email:
mackiep@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 6223

Funding details

Tuition fee support Full UK/EU tuition fees
Maintenance stipend Doctoral stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum
Additional funding offered £750 p.a. (years 1 and 2 then £375 in year 3 of the PhD).

Eligibility criteria

Residency UK Research Council eligibility conditions apply
Academic criteria

The successful applicant must hold a Bachelors degree equivalent to a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours UK degree.

It is desirable that the successful applicant also holds a Master’s degree.

Contact

Dr Peter Mackie

Dr Peter Mackie

Reader

Email:
mackiep@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 6223

Consideration is automatic on applying for the PhD in City and Regional Planning (start date of October 2017).

In the funding section of your application, please select 'I will be applying for a scholarship / grant' and specify that you are applying for advertised funding from the School. In the research proposal section, include the project description contained here.

Applicants must also complete and submit the following documentation by the deadline of 4pm on Friday 23rd June 2017. Note that the deadline is absolute and applications received after this time and date will not be accepted.

Applicants will be required to submit:

  • an online application form
  • a covering Letter - to support your application (specifying which studentship you wish to apply for)
  • a research proposal (1,000 words) – the proposal should provide details of the academic rationale for the research and the proposed research strategy. We suggest that you use the following four headings in your research proposal: aims and purpose of the research, overview of the academic literature relevant to your field, proposed methodology, and academic contributions of your research
  • a CV.

The covering letter, research proposal and CV should all be submitted as an emailed attachment to Ruth Leo by the deadline above.

We reserve the right to close applications early should sufficient applications be received.

Contact

Dr Peter Mackie

Dr Peter Mackie

Reader

Email:
mackiep@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 6223

Eligible research programmes