VERY SHORT DEADLINE: Fully Funded PhD Studentship

Fully Funded PhD Studentship: Families and Food in Hard Times research project

Ref: 1483875 

UCL Institute of Education, Department Social Science 

Duration of Studentship: 3 years
Stipend: £17,493 per year, inclusive of London Allowance plus course fees of £5,445 per year

Vacancy Information

Thomas Coram Research Unit is a multidisciplinary research unit which carries out policy-relevant research focussed on children and young people within and outside their families. The studentship will be located at the Thomas Coram Research Unit (TCRU), UCL Institute of Education and will be available from October 2015. It is attached to a five year research project ‘Families and Food in Hard Times’ funded by the European Research Council.  

About the project

Families and Food in Hard Times examines the food practices of young people and their families in Portugal, the UK and Norway and how they manage in difficult economic times. The research design provides for ‘a contrast of contexts’ in relation to conditions of European austerity, focusing on Portugal, where poor families with children appear to have been most affected by economic retrenchment, the UK, which is experiencing substantial cuts in benefits to poor families and Norway which, in comparison with most societies, is highly egalitarian in terms of income and has not been subject to austerity measures. Qualitative research with 45 young people (aged 11-15 years) and their families in each country is being carried out in combination with secondary analysis of national and international data.

Further details of the project may be found here:

In addition to assisting with literature searches, empirical research and analysis, you will conduct a linked doctoral research study. Applicants must propose a linked study focussed on one or more of these themes: a) young people, food and inequality b) young people, food and place, c) families, food and disability. The approach taken should preferably involve the reflective use of participatory and methodologically innovative methods.

Further details may be found here


The successful candidate will be based in the UK.

You will need a minimum 2.1 undergraduate degree in the social sciences, namely sociology, social policy, social geography, social anthropology, or public health. A Masters in social research methods is desirable.

If you are interested in this project, please contact Dr Rebecca O’Connell, or Professor Julia Brannen,

PhD application forms can be downloaded or completed online at

Contact name: Viwe Nkonki

Contact details:; 02073315111

Closing Date: 20 Aug 2015

Interview date: 14 September 2015

Studentship Start Date: 28 September 2015