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PhD Studentship: Inequalities, Diversity and Community Sport - Evidence-led Policy for Transforming Opportunities and Engagement

Brunel University London

Supervisors

Professor Nana Anokye, first supervisor, Brunel University London

Professor Louise Mansfield, second supervisor, Brunel University London

Mr Andrew Spiers, project advisor, Sport England

Project overview

Sport and physical activity can make a significant contribution to improving human health and happiness. However, there are stark differences in activity levels and sport participation between certain population groups. There is a need for rigorous and systematic mixed methods work on understanding social inequalities and participation that could underpin effective intervention design and policy making in the community sport sector. The aim of this research is to examine the relationships between inequalities and community sport participation for understanding active lives, difference and diversity.

There are three broad objectives:

  1. to analyze inequalities (and their intersections) and community sport participation using relevant data sets,
  2. to conduct targeted follow up work on inequalities and community sport participation to understand how we can feasibly and acceptably intervene with whom and in what contexts, and
  3. to develop a conceptual approach and theory of change on inequality and community sport participation that can be used for effective decision and policy making in the sport sector.

The study design will be mixed methods and could include secondary data analysis of large-scale data sets, primary qualitative data collection with targeted participant groups and intervention design employing coproduction strategies. We are seeking candidates with expertise in quantitative and qualitative methods.

Disciplinary backgrounds in economics, sociology, social psychology, geography, political science and human geography are particularly relevant.

Partnership

Sport England is a non-departmental body of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport responsible for growing and developing grassroots sport and getting more people physically active across England. The role of Sport England in this project will include provision of a collaborative working culture to enable the Doctoral Researcher to access data; provision of appropriate policy-related mentoring, and access to relevant training, key meetings and knowledge exchange opportunities; support for the Doctoral Researcher’s experience of the translation and application of research and analysis in a policy organisation / setting; and contribution to relevant advice / supervision in support of the programme of Doctoral Research.

Studentship Details

The project is more suited to full-time study, but applications will be considered from part-time candidates where proposed arrangements would be a good fit for the project.

The PhD studentship will be funded by the Grand Union DTP for an expected 3 years (or part-time equivalent) from October 2023. The award length offered may differ depending on the candidate’s prior training and how they meet ESRC training requirements.

Information about Grand Union DTP ESRC studentships and eligibility can be found on the Grand Union DTP website.

How to apply

To apply for the studentship you must submit:

  1. A Grand Union DTP Application form, downloadable from: https://www.granduniondtp.ac.uk/how-apply#tab-1440826
  2. 2000 word research proposal including references. Your proposal can draw on the description of the research detailed above.
  3. Two written references, they should have a good knowledge of your academic record to date and your plans for the research project. They should be in a position to judge your suitability and preparedness for doctoral study. Only one of your two referees can be a member of your proposed (or actual) supervisory team. You may ask the supervisor of your Masters dissertation to be one of your referees. References must include: The referee’s name and their relationship to you and comment on your previous performance/achievements
  4. Your up-to-date CV;
  5. Your single A4 page, single-spaced personal statement setting out why you are interested in undertaking this project;
  6. Your degree certificate(s) and transcript(s);
  7. Evidence of your English language capability to IELTS 7.0 or equivalent, if appropriate;
  8. Completed Equal Opportunities form 

Please email all completed documents to Emma.Smith@brunel.ac.uk with the subject header –Wellbeing ESRC Studentship application by 27th January 2023 midday

The admissions process is in two parts: applications will be assessed by the institution and the selected candidate will then be assessed as part of the applicant pool for ESRC Grand Union DTP funding.

Queries: louise.mansfield@brunel.ac.uk

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: London, Uxbridge
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: The PhD studentship will be funded by the Grand Union DTP for an expected 3 years (or part-time equivalent) from October 2023.
Hours: Full Time, Part Time
Placed On: 29th November 2022
Closes: 27th January 2023
   
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