ESRC PhD Studentship in Social Sciences/Sociology: Creating Active Places Creating active places: a mixed-methods study of young people’s physical activity and placemaking

Applications are being sought for a prestigious full time PhD Studentship, to be based in the Cardiff School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University, to begin in October 2014

Due to public health concerns about inactivity and obesity, policy-makers are now investing in approaches that aim to promote children and young people’s involvement in community-based play and sports in parks and other public spaces. Various environmental approaches are used, including redesigning such spaces, and new services have been deployed to encourage young people to participate in activities, including an increasing array of public and third sector staff (e.g. play rangers, sports leaders, detached youth workers, etc.). However, current investment in this area is very inconsistent, and rarely recognises the complexity of youth cultures or research advanced by critical weight studies scholars (e.g. Rich et al, 2012).

The studentship will fund a 3-year PhD. Applicants will have completed, or be currently enrolled on, an MSc in Social Science Research Methods, MSc in Childhood and Youth Studies or MSc in Public Health (or equivalent) and have experience of social research methods. The student will benefit from support from DECIPHer, a UKCRC Public Health Research Centre of Excellence, and its partnerships with Welsh Government, Public Health Wales and third sector organisations to support the development of new approaches for improving young people’s health.

More information about the project can be found on our website by following the apply button at the bottom.

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Residency Criteria: Due to funding restrictions full awards (fees plus maintenance stipend) are open to UK Nationals and EU students who can satisfy UK residency requirements.

Further information on eligibility can be found on our website by following the apply button at the bottom.


Applicants must submit an application by 12.00pm, 6th December 2013.

More information on how to apply can be found by following the apply link below.

About the School of Social Sciences

Cardiff School of Social Sciences is a large School with over 160 staff and a thousand undergraduate and postgraduate students. The 2008 Research Assessment Exercise rated almost all of its research to be of an international standard, with 55% of it either “world leading” or “internationally excellent”. This rating, together with the size of the School, places it amongst the top five centres in the UK. Since its creation in 2000, the School has attracted over £18 million of research funds.

Cardiff University is the home of the ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Centre, part of a national network of 21 accredited Doctoral Training Centres across the UK judged by the ESRC to deliver truly excellent postgraduate training provision.

The successful applicant will become a member of the childhood and youth research group, and the sexualities and gender research group than run within the School.

About Cardiff University

The University is a member of the Russell Group and internationally recognised as one of Britain’s leading universities.

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Our University Graduate College enhances the postgraduate experience by providing an extensive training and support programme.

The University is attractively located at the heart of a modern capital city, providing a high quality of life to our students.

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