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ESRC-funded 1+3 PhD Studentship in Human Geography (PhD Studentship)

Reference Number: R2683
Closing Date: Closed for applications
Duration: 4 years
Funding Amount: full UK/EU fees, plus stipend
Level of Study: Postgraduate Research
Regions: EU (Non UK), UK
This funding opportunity is now closed for application

The ESRC-funded Administrative Data Research Centre Wales is the focal point for data-related social research in Wales and a major player in UK-wide efforts to transform research and policy environments. The ESRC recently awarded two additional PhD studentships to the centre for the 2016/17 academic year.

One of these studentships will be located within the School of Planning and Geography at Cardiff University. The award is available on a 1+3 basis. A 1+3 studentship provides funding for four years, the first year for taking an MSc, followed by three years funding for a PhD.

The research topic is ‘The individual and societal impacts of a rights-based approach to homelessness prevention’.

Across the developed world, there has been a paradigm shift away from warehousing homeless people in temporary accommodation for long periods of time and towards prevention-focused interventions (Mackie, 2015). Wales is particularly progressive in its pursual of a prevention-focused approach, having recently enacted new laws which place a duty on local authorities to take steps to prevent homelessness (Mackie, 2014).

This project aims to explore the impacts of homelessness prevention services on individuals and society in Wales. In order to achieve the project aims, this study will link local authority administrative homelessness data with other data sets, namely offending and health data. By linking pre- and post-legislative change local authority homelessness data with health and offending datasets, it will be possible to identify variations in the health and offending outcomes of homeless people under the two systems. The hypothesis is that, in the prevention-focused data set, there will be reduced health impacts and reductions in offending.

This PhD will make an important contribution to homelessness studies, made possible due to the context of progressive policy development and methodological developments in the linking of administrative data.

School of Planning and Geography

The School of Planning and Geography is a major international centre for research in human geography and planning. As a top-rated school with the ambition to play a leading role in academic and policy debates at national and international levels, it aims to recruit committed research students for the pursuit of innovative, cutting-edge research at PhD level.

Supervisors: Dr Peter Mackie & Dr Scott Orford

Start date: 1 October 2016

Number of Studentships:1


This studentship is very generously funded by the ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Centre. It consists of full UK/EU tuition fees, as well as a Doctoral Stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum (£14,057 p.a. for 2015/16, updated each year).

Additional funding: £750 during years 1 and 2 and £375 in year 3 of the PhD are available for research expenses.

One studentship is available.


Academic criteria:

The successful applicant must hold a Bachelors degree equivalent to a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours UK degree. As this studentship requires the successful applicant to link administrative data and undertake statistical analysis, the applicant will be expected to have excellent knowledge of statistical analysis techniques. The applicant will be trained in data-linking processes but previous experience would be beneficial.


To be eligible for a full award a student must have:

  • Settled status in the UK, meaning they have no restrictions on how long they can stay and
  • Been ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the studentship. This means they must have been normally residing in the UK (apart from temporary or occasional absences) and
  • Not been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education. (This does not apply to UK or EU nationals).

To be eligible for a fees only award:

  • Students from EU countries other than the UK are generally eligible for a fees-only award. To be eligible for a fees-only award, a student must be 'ordinarily resident' in a member state of the EU.

How to Apply

Applicants must complete and submit the following documentation by the deadline of 4pm on Friday 5 February 2016. Note that the deadline is absolute and applications received after this time and date will not be accepted.

  • Covering Letter - to support your application (specifying which studentship you wish to apply for);
  • 1,000-word Research Proposal – 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; and
  • A CV.

The covering letter, research proposal and CV should all be submitted as an e-mailed attachment to Ruth Leo ( by the deadline below.

The deadline for applications is 4pm on 5 February 2016.

Cardiff University reserves the right to close applications early should sufficient applications be received.

Further Information

Visit the School of Planning and Geography page for details on Postgraduate Research programmes.

For further information, contact Dr Peter Mackie at or on+44 (0)29 2087 6223.