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Local immigrant integration

  • Location: the accredited SeNSS DTP
  • Duration: three years, beginning in October 2021 and completing in 2024
  • Supervisor: Dr Renee Luthra
  • 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.

Note on fees: home students will not have to pay university tuition fees. It is not yet clear whether international students will have to contribute to their tuition fees, that is, whether the difference between the ESRC contribution to fees (£4,425) and the international fee rate (~£15k) will need to be met either by the student or their home university. (We will post further information about this in late October 2020.)

To be classed as a home student, you must meet the following criteria:
Be a UK national (meeting residency requirements), or
Have settled status, or
Have pre-settled status (meeting residency requirements), or
Have indefinite leave to remain or enter.

If you do not meet the criteria above, you are classed as an international student.

  • 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

The consequences of immigration for British society has 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.

We are advertising a PhD studentship for research which 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.


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