PhD study at Sheffield
Our PhD students are currently researching a range of topics, which address some of the key challenges facing our global society. Meet some of our current and former PhD students and discover more about their research journeys with the University of Sheffield.
"I studied in-work poverty as my PhD subject because millions of men and women in the European Union are living below the poverty line despite being active members of the labour market. Such high levels of the working poverty across the EU is a manifestation of a modern form of poverty that is rapidly becoming one of the most pressing issues across all capitalist countries in the 21st century."
PhD case study - Kwaku Gyening Owusu
"Being a Ghanaian by origin and knowing the UK is home to over 100,000 documented Ghanaians, a case study on the Ghanaian diaspora in the UK and their role in welfare development back home was always going to be an interesting and challenging start off point and a knowledge worth contributing to the social sciences and policy makers."
"I would define myself as a 'work in progress' researcher. Fortunately, I am at that stage where I need to move from the protected environment of the PhD life to the stage where you give your research a place in the world. FortunatelyThe University of Sheffield and the Department of Sociological Studies have provided me with the confidence and all the skills that I need to develop my career. I feel that whenever I need the Department and my supervisors, they will be there to support me."
"Having plenty of time to focus on your own work is definitely needed for achieving a success in your PhD, however, isolating yourself could rather extend your tough time and/or have a less-satisfied output. I would like to tell new students, especially international students, that when we learn from and be stimulated by various interactions with others, we go further."