PhD Studentship in Housing Studies at the University of Reading

University of Reading

Following the establishment of the ESRC/AHRC/Joseph Rowntree Foundation Housing Evidence Centre, the University of Reading is offering a fully-funded PhD studentship for three years in duration, in the area of housing studies. The studentship will start in September 2018. The studentship will cover tuition fees (at Home/EU rates) and a stipend.  

Applications are welcomed in the areas of:

  • Architecture and the Built Environment
  • Housing Economics
  • Real Estate and Planning

The studentship will be awarded to an innovative interdisciplinary proposal, which attempts to integrate aspects of at least two of the three areas. 

The Centre is directed from the University of Glasgow and Reading is one of nine academic partners involved in this initiative.  The Centre known as the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE) began its work on 1st August 2017. The studentship holder will be expected to be involved in the work of the Centre as a whole and with PhD students in the other partner institutions.

Reading-based work on housing economics for the Centre is led by Professor Geoff Meen and will concentrate primarily on distributional aspects, notably spatial and inter-generational differences in housing behaviour and outcomes. This is designed to link with our research programmes in housing affordability and long-run urban inequalities. This includes work in urban economic history.  Proposals in the area of housing risk and debt will also be considered.

The Architecture and Built Environment strand is led by Professor Flora Samuel who also is the Humanities champion in the consortium. Her focus is on less tangible forms of evaluation such as wellbeing, social value and cultural value and the contribution of design to these areas. She is particularly concerned with supporting the development of research across professional practices in the built environment and fostering academic exchange with industry.

The Real Estate and Planning element is led by Professor David Clapham and is focused around issues impacting on the well-being of housing consumers.  Issues such as the impact of housing on health and well-being as well as inequality will fit in with ongoing work.  A focus on approaches to homelessness will also be welcome.

Further information can be obtained from Professor David Clapham (Real Estate and Planning;, Professor Geoff Meen (Economics; and Professor Flora Samuel (Architecture and the Built Environment;

How to apply:    To formally apply for this studentship, please submit an application for a PhD to the University – see . You should specify which academic discipline you are applying for, i.e. Architecture and the Built Environment; Economics; Real Estate and Planning.

When prompted as part of your online application, you should quote the reference GS18-030. 

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