PhD Studentship available on older people’s housing mobility project

Housing pageA PhD studentship is available for an outstanding candidate to join the Department of Urban Studies and Planning as part of a new project investigating older people’s experience of housing mobility.

The project, funded by a White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership Collaborative Award, will have a particular focus on understanding recognition of and attitudes towards opportunities provided by specialist housing schemes.

Working in partnership with Sheffield City Council (SCC), the PhD study will inform understanding of why some specialist housing options prove unattractive to some groups, whilst other options are in high demand.

In order to have real world impact, the study will also examine the possible range of policy and management responses that would enable better planning of new schemes and management of existing schemes to meet the needs and demands of different groups of older people.

Supervision for the project will be provided by Professor Malcolm Tait and Professor David Robinson (Department of Geography) who will guide the student through the PhD process.

Malcolm Tait, Professor of Planning and lead supervisor said: "Many cities, including Sheffield, face the challenge of ensuring that housing is built that meets the need of a diverse group of older people.

“This PhD, which provides the opportunity to work with housing professionals and policy makers in Sheffield City Council, will enable the PhD researcher to develop deep understanding of this crucial societal challenge.

“It will also develop their understanding of the policy making process, and the limits and possibilities faced by local authorities in ensuring good quality housing for older people.”

Dan Green from Sheffield City Council will act as internal advisor to the student, meeting approximately bi-monthly with the student through the course of the project, and providing more informal, regular contact during the period of work in SCC offices.

Dan Green said: "We are looking forward to working with a PhD researcher to help us understand in greater depth how older people view the attractiveness of specialist housing in the city. Their research will provide us with invaluable insights into this key housing policy issue."

Apply now

To apply for this studentship, you must complete an online application form. In the Statement section quote reference: WRDTP-HousingImmobility, and outline your interest in and suitability for the PhD.

The closing date is 28 March 2017. To find out more about this opportunity email

Please note 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.

Funding covers UK/EU fees plus the standard Research Council maintenance award (£14,553 per annum in 2017/18) for three years.