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PhD Fellowship with Norface Our Children’s Europe Project at Kent

posted Dec 9, 2014, 3:31 AM by Heejung Chung   [ updated May 14, 2015, 7:16 AM ]

The scholarship is an exciting opportunity to work with an exceptional academic team at the forefront of European social policy research. Our Children’s Europe uses innovative methods (deliberative democratic forums and a qualitative cross-national focus group survey) alongside analysis of quantitative survey data to develop understanding of people’s aspirations for the Europe their children will inhabit. It will be the first project to use qualitative methods on such a scale in the comparative study of European social policy.

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The project will contribute to theoretical work on the main cleavages and solidarities driving social policy in different European welfare states and to more practical consideration of the parameters of acceptable policy change. It will supply new findings relevant to the politics and sociology of welfare and provide data for reanalysis and as a base-line in future studies. The team have led a number of major cross-national projects and will press home findings in national and EU-level policy debate.

Successful candidates will have obtained a 1st or good 2.1 undergraduate degree in a relevant subject, and ordinarily an MA or MSc at Merit or Distinction level. The scholarship covers tuition fees at the postgraduate standard home/EU rate (£3,996) in addition to an annual maintenance stipend of £13,863 per annum (for entry in September/October 2015 only).