Queen's University Belfast PhD Studentship: “Governing New Social Risks: the Case of Recent Child Policies in European Welfare States”. Deadline: 05.08.2011
Organiser: School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work, Queen's University Belfast
Duration: three years
Site: Belfast, UK
Topics: Applications are invited for a fully funded + 3 ESRC studentship (three year PhD) on the topic of 'Governing New Social Risks: the Case of Recent Child Policies in European Welfare States".
The studentship will commence on October 1st 2011 under the supervision of Professor Mary Daly. The studentship is linked to the ESRC-funded project which is the UK part of an ORA scheme (Open Research Area for Europe for the Social Sciences).
The UK project is therefore connected to projects in France, Germany and the Netherlands. It is intended that the studentship will focus on a theme of relevance to the main project. The main research project seeks to look behind the child-centred investment approaches that are now being widely adopted in Europe. In the UK the project is focused empirically on an analysis of a number of child-centred and parenting programmes, with the intention of finding out what is going on in these interventions, examining the opinions of participants, staff, funders and a range of decision makers and locating them in a wider social and political environment. As well as examining how programmes are functioning, the research project is especially interested in identifying the ambiguities in recent policies for children, e.g., the tension between helping and controlling families and the possibility that new social divides between different kinds of families are being generated. It will collect and analyse quantitative and qualitative data in order to deepen understanding of child-related intervention programmes and their functioning and use in contemporary times. Its cross-national comparative strategy is to take the themes we identify as common in each country and investigate whether and how they are operating in the others.
Eligibility: Applications are welcome from candidates with a minimum 2.1 undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in sociology, social policy or a related subject and an ESRC recognized research masters degree or equivalent programme of research training or relevant experience (or be in the process of completing such training). Preferably, students should have knowledge of parenting, family and child-related issues.
Deadline: August 5, 2011