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


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.


Application deadline: 23rd June 2017

Start date: 1st October 2017

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Dr Peter Mackie