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Childhood family environment and the family and labour market outcomes of siblings

  • Location: School for Policy Studies, Priory Road, University of Bristol
  • Duration: three years, beginning in October 2021 and completing in 2024
  • Supervisors: Professor Susan Harkness and Professor Esther Dermott
  • Fees and stipend: Studentships include the following for the duration of the award:
    1. a tax-free maintenance stipend to cover your living costs: this is set at £18,285 per year.
    2. access to research training support funds; and,
    3. access to other funds to be used for overseas fieldwork, overseas institutional visits, difficult language training, placements etc.
  • Deadlines:
    4 January 2021: contact potential supervisor
    18 January 2021: apply for studentship, please submit this application to the supervisor(s) directly
    15 February 2021: deadline for interview (if any)
    1 March 2021: final decisions communicated

This PhD project aims to understand how family environment influences children’s outcomes in later life. It will explore how mothers’ and fathers’ investments in children, and sibling behaviours, influence employment and earnings trajectories, and patterns of family formation, of boys’ and girls’ as they transition to adulthood. The PhD candidate will examine these questions using longitudinal data from the British Household Panel Survey (BHPS) and Understanding Society (UKHLS). Specifically, it aims to understand the role that socialisation within the family plays in influencing children’s outcomes in later life. In so doing, it will shed light on the reasons gender inequalities persist across generations.

How to apply:

Please view the online prospectus page for PhD Social Policy for further details on the admissions process:

Please click on ‘how to apply’ to make an online application for this project. Please select Social Policy on the Programme Choice page. You will be prompted to enter details of the studentship in the Funding and Research Details sections of the form.

As part of the application process, applicants will be asked to submit a research proposal (1,000 words). Please explain, in light of the topic focus on how family environment

influences children’s outcomes in later life in the UK the research proposed during the studentship. Your proposal should demonstrate a solid understanding of relevant theories and methods. In addition, your application should set out your experience of using large datasets and statistical software, such as STATA or R.

Please refer to the following website for further guidance:

Candidate requirements:

Applicants require an Upper Second-Class Honours degree and a pass at MSc/MA level (or equivalent) in a relevant social sciences subject (e.g. social policy, economics, sociology). Please view the PhD Social Policy prospectus page (see above) for full entry requirements (including the English Language profile as applicable). Training in statistical methods and experience of using large data sets and statistical software (Stata or R).is an essential requirement of the studentship


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