Fully Funded PhD Scholarship

Manchester Metropolitan University - Applied Sciences, Humanities and Social Change: Community Wellbeing

A Fully Funded PhD Scholarship is available for the project: Co-producing an agenda for homelessness in Manchester. The project spans the subject areas Applied Sciences, Humanities and Social Change: Community Wellbeing.

The project explores the ways in which Manchester Homelessness charter aims to improve the quality and quantity of homelessness services. Using action groups, the charter is run on coproduction lines. Using perspectives from users, action groups and the partnership board, this project will seek to explore how change works across the system.

The Manchester Metropolitan pledge for research is around evaluation of the charter - specifically the processes of change and coproduction.

How does this charter get translated into action? The overall planned change is to ensure that the current patchwork of provision improves ensuring more joined up services with homeless experts, involved in development. The Charter affects the way that statutory bodies operate, plan services, respond to need and whether co-production gets better outcomes.

The PhD objectives will be:

  1. To identify a theory of change around coproduction, which is appropriate and allows insight into the Manchester case study and beyond. This will allow an evaluation of how change works across diverse fora such as partnership boards and possibly action groups.
  2. To trace and account for shifting policy and behaviour though good enough evidence (appreciative inquiry, peer learning, data sharing) as coproduced evaluation. This will allow a realistic evidence base to be coproduced.
  3. To track individual stories of success and engage amongst experience experts


  • This scholarship is open to UK and EU students


Good honours degree (or equivalent) in social care, psychology, sociology, social policy, education or related discipline

Masters level qualification or equivalent professional experience


  • Proven record of strong organisational skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Good team working skills
  • Good interpersonal skills and strong negotiating skills
  • Good IT skills
  • Evidence of ability to work collaboratively and to work on own initiative
  • High level of motivation

Knowledge & Experience

Applicants should have:

  • A genuine desire to pursue PhD study and to develop their skills as a researcher
  • Knowledge and understanding of homelessness and qualitative and quantitative, participatory and multi-media research methods
  • Experience of paid and/or voluntary work in a related area
  • An Interest in developing knowledge of public engagement activities and pathways to impact 

For queries please contact: Dr Rebecca Lawthom at: r.lawthom@mmu.ac.uk

Salary Details

This scholarship covers fees over a 3 year PhD course plus a stipend of approx. £14,296 per year

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