Fully-funded PhD: Understanding the Processes of Scaling-Up Community-Led Housing

University of Sheffield - Department of Urban Studies & Planning

The Department of Urban Studies & Planning, in partnership with Wessex Community Assets, is pleased to offer this fully-funded ESRC PhD Studentship as part of the ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership.

This PhD project will utilise qualitative research techniques, including literature reviews, documentary analysis, semi-structured interviews, and case studies to explore the scaling-up of community land trust (CLT) housing provision. The study will explore the purpose, nature and driver of CLTs, and consider the impact of a changing policy environment on CLTs, their support bodies, and the sector in which they operate. This may include consideration of the different strategies, processes, and implications of CLT growth in different regions, and the broader shifts in the role, responsibilities, and expectations of civil society within a context of austerity and governance reconfiguration.


The project will be supervised by Dr Tom Moore and Professor John Flint in the Department of Urban Studies & Planning. Both supervisors are members of the UK Centre for Collaborative Housing Evidence, a leading research consortium of academic and non-academic organisations. The successful candidate will also benefit from close collaboration with Wessex Community Assets. This will provide unique access to case study CLTs and data, and enable the successful candidate to conduct the research and disseminate findings with maximum impact. There will be opportunities for engagement with other organisations in the sector that arise throughout the study, enabled by existing research links between the supervisory team and practitioners.

About you

You will have a first class or good upper second class degree in urban planning, human geography or cognate disciplines. Demonstrable evidence of training in social sciences research methods and a keen interest in housing, community development, or the role of civil society is desirable. This may be evidenced either by previous academic work, through recent undergraduate or postgraduate studies, or through practice-based experience.

Additional Funding Information

Funding covers UK/EU fees plus the standard Research Council maintenance award (£14,777 in 2018/19) and a Research Training Support Grant for three years.

Please note due to funding the studentship is only open to UK/EU applicants.

In addition, UK/EU applicants who have not been resident in the UK for 3 years prior to the start date will only be eligible for a ‘fees only’ award.

How to apply

Applicants are asked to complete an online application form. In the statement section, please quote reference: Collaborative WRDTP and outline your interest in and suitability for the PhD.

Find out more

For more information email: tom.moore@sheffield.ac.uk

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