5 exceptional PhD study opportunities linked to a multi-disciplinary ESRC-funded programme within an extensive international research network

The Sustainable Care Research Programme, based mainly at the Universities of Sheffield (lead partner); Kings College London; and the University of Birmingham is offering 5 funded, full-time PhD studentships beginning late September 2017.

The new programme, announced by ESRC on 29 June 2017, offers students with relevant interests and expertise an exceptional opportunity to engage with a major programme of linked research. The programme will address challenges in meeting the care needs of ageing populations, in an integrated programme comprising Work Strands on ‘Care Systems’ and on ‘Care Work and Care Relationships’.

Suitably qualified applicants committed to excellence in research and to working collaboratively with other scholars are invited to apply. Funding is available to cover 3 years’ tuition fees at the UK/EU level*, with a living costs stipend, also payable for 3 years (at Research Councils UK funding rates).

An exciting new development, funded (2017-2021) through the prestigious ESRC Large Grants scheme, Sustainable Care: connecting people and systems, directed by Professor Sue Yeandle (University of Sheffield), will deliver internationally excellent, innovative research in a collaborative programme linking seven Universities, with links to a wider international network of scholars (across 15 countries and in 26 research centres / institutes). All are committed to innovative and excellent comparative research, to the advancement of theory and methods, and to investigations which achieve impact.

The 5 studentships offered are in the following topic areas / disciplines:

  1. Achieving sustainability in care systems: the potential of technology
  2. Projecting the implications of changing immigration policies on the sustainability of home care in the UK
  3. Employers’ voluntary care leave schemes in the UK: a comparative analysis
  4. Combining care and paid work; how can technology help?
  5. The role of new technologies in mediating long distant aged-care relationships between UK-based migrants and their overseas family members