Local immigrant integration
- Location: the accredited SeNSS DTP
- Duration: three years, beginning in October 2020 and completing in 2023
- Supervisor: Dr Renee Luthra
20 January: date to apply to ISER
17 February: date to apply for studentship, please submit this application to the supervisor(s) directly
16 March: final decisions communicated
The consequences of immigration for British society have become a central point of political controversy and scholarly interest. As evidenced by the recent reviews and consultations commissioned by the government, there is a high level of concern about the perceived lack of social mixing, residential isolation, and counterproductive cultural practices of immigrants and their descendants, as well as more general ethnic disparities and inequalities. Yet despite the fact that most quantitative research on this topic is conducted at the national level, much of the policy and practice of integration operates at the level of individual neighbourhoods, schools and communities.
This PhD aims to understand community level variation in immigrant integration by exploiting immigrant oversamples or boosts, and the new availability of administrative data sources, which enable quantitative analysis of immigrant integration at the subnational level. This doctoral researcher will study immigrant integration among the foreign-born and/or the second and subsequent generations, examining community as well as individual- and family-level determinants of integration. Example pathways/questions might be the role of local and school characteristics on inter-ethnic friendship formation, developing a typology of localities based on the intergenerational transmission patterns within immigrant families, or examining how local variation in minority political representation influences the development of political interest and alignment among the foreign born and their children.