PhD Studentships in Housing Studies at the University of Reading

Following the establishment of the new ESRC/AHRC/Joseph Rowntree Foundation Housing Evidence Centre, the University of Reading is offering four PhD studentships, each for three years in duration, in the area of housing studies. One full studentship will cover tuition fees and a stipend, with the other three studentships covering tuition fees only. In each case, fees are at Home/EU rates.

Applications are particularly welcomed in the areas of:

  • Architecture and the Built Environment
  • Housing economics
  • Real Estate and Planning

One studentship is expected to be offered in each of these fields (and will be based in the relevant University School), but the full studentship will be awarded to an innovative interdisciplinary proposal, which attempts to integrate aspects of at least two of the three areas.

The new Centre is directed from the University of Glasgow and Reading is one of nine academic partners involved in this exciting initiative.  The Centre known as the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE) begins its work on 1st August 2017. We invite applications now for the three fees-only studentships starting in October 2017. The full studentship will begin in September 2018 and will be formally advertised in approximately April 2018, but we are accepting informal enquiries for this now.  Studentship holders will be expected to be involved in the work of the Centre as a whole and with PhD students in the other partner institutions.

Reading-based work on housing economics for the Centre is led by Professor Geoff Meen and will concentrate primarily on distributional aspects, notably spatial and inter-generational differences in housing behaviour and outcomes. This is designed to link with our research programmes in housing affordability and long-run urban inequalities. This includes work in urban economic history.  Proposals in the area of housing risk and debt will also be considered.

The Architecture and Built Environment strand is led by Professor Flora Samuel who also is the Humanities champion in the consortium. Her focus is on less tangible forms of evaluation such as wellbeing, social value and cultural value and the contribution of design to these areas. She is particularly concerned with supporting the development of research across professional practices in the built environment and fostering academic exchange with industry.

The Real Estate and Planning element is led by Professor David Clapham and is focused around issues impacting on the well-being of housing consumers.  Issues such as the impact of housing on health and well-being as well as inequality will fit in with ongoing work.  A focus on approaches to homelessness will also be welcome.

Further information can be obtained from Professor David Clapham (Real Estate and Planning; d.f.clapham@reading.ac.uk), Professor Geoff Meen (Economics; g.p.meen@reading.ac.uk) and Professor Flora Samuel (Architecture and the Built Environment; f.b.samuel@reading.ac.uk).

How to apply:    To formally apply for these studentships, please submit an application for a PhD to the University – see http://www.reading.ac.uk/graduateschool/how-to-apply/gs-how-to-apply-pgr.aspx . You should specify which academic discipline you are applying for, i.e. Architecture and the Built Environment; Economics; Real Estate and Planning.

When prompted as part of your online application, you should provide details of the funding you are applying for, quoting the reference GS17-051.

Application deadline (fees only studentships):  30th June 2017.

(The full studentship is expected to be advertised in April 2018).