Understanding Society studentship: Demography and inequality

Understanding Society welcomes applications from students with an interest in studying the relationship between demographic change and poverty and inequality for its new PhD studentship, starting in September 2018.

The successful applicant will undertake research at the University of Essex, using longitudinal data from Understanding Society, to examine how inequality and poverty influence demographic outcomes.

Areas of interest may include research on:

  • The economic and cultural context of fertility and partnership decisions
  • Parenting behaviour and child outcomes in lone parent, step- and couple families.
  • Other topics under the theme of demography and inequality may also be considered.

The applicant will develop their own substantive research questions and methodological approaches, appropriate to analysing life course transitions. These may include sequence analysis linked to regression based techniques, or hazard rate modelling.

How do I apply?

All applications need to go via the University of Essex website and the deadline is 15 February 2018. Applicants should state that they are applying to the Institute of Social and Economic Research as the department of study and state Professor Susan Harkness as the supervisor. Professor Harkness is managing the project and she is a Professor of Social Policy and Associate Director of Policy for Understanding Society. Professor Harkness would be happy to discuss this studentship prior to applying, please contact her at s.harkness@essex.ac.uk.

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