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VERY SHORT DEADLINE: Fully Funded PhD Studentship

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

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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.   Continue reading VERY SHORT DEADLINE: Fully Funded PhD Studentship

Postdoc at Oxford on Mothers: Early Intervention Ethics

University of Oxford Department of Psychiatry

Postdoctoral Researcher; Becoming Good: Early Intervention and Moral Development in Child Psychiatry (BeGOOD)

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Researcher to work on the Wellcome Trust-funded BeGOOD project, which is held within the Neuroscience Ethics & Society Team, led by Professor Ilina Singh, in the Department of Psychiatry. The post is based in the Department of Psychiatry, in the Warneford Hospital and is funded for 3 years.

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PhD scholarship – HyperConnecting Youth: Virtual Pedagogy & Global Issue

The University of Roehampton in London offers a scholarship for a PhD student to undertake PhD studies and research under the supervision of Dr. M. Kontopodis in the context of  project “HyperConnecting Youth: Virtual Pedagogy & Global Issues”. Broadly speaking, this project aims to further develop critical and socio-cultural approaches to education in the context of today’s virtual era within the broader frame of the Paulo Freire Institute/ RISE at the University of Roehampton:

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Two Fully-funded PhD Studentships at Oxford

Funded through TORCH | The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

For more information on these studentships:

Applicants are sought for two PhD (DPhil) studentships as part of an interdisciplinary project on ‘Childhood maltreatment and lifetime resilience’ at University of Oxford. One student will work in Faculty of History on ‘Child abuse and neglect in mid-twentieth-century Britain’. The other student will work in Department of Experimental Psychology on ‘Child maltreatment and psychopathology: an investigation of risk and resilience’.  Continue reading Two Fully-funded PhD Studentships at Oxford

Funded PhD opportunity – Bloomsbury Scholarships (UK)

The Food Practices of Young Children at Home and in Daycare: A Cross Context Approach in a Multiethnic London Region

Principal Supervisor: Professor Harry West (SOAS)

Co-Supervisor: Dr Rebecca O’Connell (UCL IOE)

Whilst much UK research on children’s food in nurseries has focussed on its nutritional qualities, anthropological and sociological approaches provide a lens to examine the contextual meanings of ‘food use’, the embodiment of food practices, and their embeddedness in the interconnected spheres of children’s lives in home and daycare (Bronfenbrenner, 1979). The successful candidate will take a multi-sited approach to the study of young children’s food practices in nurseries and in the home that takes account of children’s agency. Adopting a sociological/ anthropological/ social policy perspective, this study will complement current and recently completed research by the supervisors.

Research Questions: How do parents and nurseries together provide for children’s food requirements? In particular, how do nurseries and parents’ employment commitments, occupations and socio-economic circumstances facilitate and constrain food provisioning for young children? How do children’s food practices and preferences shape and how are they shaped by cultures around food and meals in each environment? How consistent are children in their eating practices across contexts? What ideas, beliefs and practices do children bring to each environment from the other? (How) do parents and daycare institutions encourage children to eat healthy diets and what do they see as the challenges and opportunities of feeding children in these intersecting environments?

The limited research conducted to date on food in UK daycare has relied heavily on questionnaires to study staff attitudes to healthy eating as well as on the analysis of menus, which cannot give a good indication of children’s food consumption. Because of the types of research questions and the different groups to be studied, this project will adopt a mix of methods to generate complementary data (Greene et al. 1989): surveys of nurseries and parents in a particular multi-ethnic London area and an ethnographic approach to explore food practices, uses and meanings in daycare and, where possible, family homes.

The overarching aims of the research are to:

  1. Theorise connections between children’s and parents’ food practices and beliefs and broader social processes relating to structural and spatial characteristics of nursery, family and local contexts; it will do this by drawing on a mix of disciplines and subdisciplinary areas including the sociology of childhood, the sociology/ anthropology of food and contemporary childcare research.
  2. Advance methods for exploring the ways in which food is implicated in children’s ‘interactive reproduction’ (Corsaro, 2005) of their cultures in both daycare and at home.
  3. Address and inform local and national public policy concerning children’s food practices across home and childcare contexts.

The project objectives are to:

  • Examine food provision in nurseries in one London Local Authority (LA) through characterising the range of mealtime provision.
  • Contextualise the study through reporting findings of published studies and data to describe local demography and trends relating to food, health and childcare and relate these to the national level.
  • Use ethnographic research techniques to create ‘micro ethnographies’ of the food practices of young children (aged 2-5) and their carers in a small number of selected nurseries and, where possible, their homes.
  • Explore, via these ethnographies, the meaning, symbolism and materiality of food in children’s and parents’ lives and the ways in which ‘health’ and ‘nutrition’ figure in these.
  • Examine young children’s agency and preferences in respect of food practices across the sites of home and daycare and how they intersect.
  • Explore parents’ views/experiences of children’s food provisioning in different contexts.
  • Produce a thesis that provides a core foundation for later publication

Candidate requirements

The successful candidate will have a previous first class or strong upper second class degree in anthropology (or in a closely related discipline, as well as familiarity with anthropological theory and methodology). The student’s principal affiliation will be with the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at SOAS, where he/she will attend the weekly Research Training Seminar and the Research Methods course and have access to other training provided by SOAS and the Bloomsbury Doctoral Training Centre. The student will also audit the postgraduate course in the Anthropology of Food at SOAS. Additionally, the student will audit postgraduate courses at the Institute of Education in the Sociology of Childhood. The student will also have a desk at the IoE’s Thomas Coram Research Unit, facilitating close collaboration with the co-supervisor and colleagues there.

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed.  Interviews will be held at SOAS or via skype during the week of 16/20 March 2015.

The studentship is for a duration of 3 years and will cover course fees (at the usual level for UK and EU studentships) and a student stipend.

Applicants from non-EU countries may apply for this project but will be required to meet the additional costs of overseas fees from other sources.

Key references

  • Bronfenbrenner,U. (1979). Contexts of child rearing: Problems and prospects. American Psychologist, (34): 844–850.
  • Clark, A. (2005). Beyond listening: children’s perspectives on early childhood services. Policy.
  • Corsaro, W. E. A. (2005). The Sociology of Childhood. 2nd Edition. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage.
  • Greene, J.C., Caracelli, V. J. and Graham, W. F (1989). Toward a conceptual framework for mixed-method evaluation design. Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 11(3): 255-74.
  • Newson, J. and Newson, E. (1963). Patterns of Infant Care. London: Penguin.

Further details about the project may be obtained from:

Principal supervisor: Harry G. West,

Co-supervisor: Rebecca O’Connell,

Further information about PhDs at SOAS is available from:

How to apply:

Applicants should follow two steps:

  • STEP 1:  Apply for the MPhil/PhD Anthropology and Sociology

Applicants must submit a COMPLETE on-line application for admission to the MPhil/PhD Anthropology and Sociology .  Please state in your on-line application for admission your intention to also apply for the Bloomsbury Scholarship under Professor West’s supervision.   In your research proposal, please include your reasons for applying for this project and any ideas you have for how you might approach the research.

Applicants must have an offer of admission BEFORE the closing date for scholarship applications.  A complete application for admission includes transcripts, an explanation of the grading system for any degrees obtained outside of the UK, two references, CV, research proposal and a personal statement. The panel will be considering your scholarship application TOGETHER with your online application for admission.  Please note that your complete application for admission can take up to 4 weeks to be considered by the Department, although this may vary depending on the time of year.  You should be prepared to wait up to 6 weeks during busy periods.

  • STEP 2:  Apply for the scholarship

You must apply for this scholarship via the on-line scholarship application form (

For any queries regarding the studentship application procedure, please email

For any academic enquiries, please email the Research Tutor, Department of Anthropology and Sociology: Professor Trevor H J Marchand

Closing date for applications is 17:00 (UK time), Monday 23 February 2015

Postdoctoral Fellowship (Barcelona, Spain)

Beatriu de Pinós Postdoctoral Fellowship
Barcelona, Spain

The AFIN research group (Autonomous University of Barcelona) seeks a candidate to sponsor in applying for a competitive two-year postdoctoral research fellowship from the Catalan government. The fellowship contract will begin no later than October 1, 2015. The fellowship provides compensation and Spanish social security contributions totaling 85,000 euros over two years. Continue reading Postdoctoral Fellowship (Barcelona, Spain)

Applications now accepted for UMass Child and Family program

Study children, families and schools in beautiful New England!

Applications are now being sought for Doctoral, EdS and MEd programs.
Application deadline: January 15, 2015
 Funding available.

The Children, Families and Schools Concentration in the Department of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst College of Education is now accepting applications for graduate study in the areas of human development, child and family and early schooling. Located in the beautiful Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, we are surrounded by both ample opportunities for outdoor recreation and picturesque vistas, as well as the bustling, high-energy urban landscapes of Northampton, Holyoke and Springfield.

The Children, Families, and Schools (CFS) graduate program is designed to address the growing concern for meeting the educational and developmental needs of children across the varied settings in which learning and development occur. Our program of study addresses the philosophical, historical, social, and cultural foundations of childhood, with a focus on families, learning and development.  It offers future researchers and practitioners an excellent foundation in child development, childhood studies, and learning, and examines how these relate to educational practice from birth through the early childhood and elementary school years.

To learn more about our program of study, faculty research profiles, program blog and other information, please visit our webpage:

Our multidisciplinary program offers a range of graduate study opportunities for professionals at all stages of their careers. Applications are now being accepted for the Fall 2015 entering doctoral and master’s cohorts; Funding is available on a competitive basis for qualified applicants.

Questions? Please contact Concentration Coordinator, Professor Sally Campbell Galman, at

Two vacancies for doctoral researchers

In the framework of an interdisciplinary research project on child labour and working children’s rights, financed by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), the Centre for Children’s Rights Studies of the University of Geneva (which starts on 1 January 2015) is seeking to recruit two persons who are motivated to work as PhD researcher in the field of children’s rights studies. The project’s major focus is on how opinions of working children on their rights circulate in the space between local and international understandings of children’s rights. Two complementary empirical studies will be undertaken by two PhD researchers.

  1. The first study is about the opinions of working children and their organizations, and implies field work with working children in Senegal and in other West African countries. To conduct this study, we are looking to recruit a person who is motivated to complete a doctoral thesis in anthropology/sociology. Additional information as well as requirements for this position and details about the application procedure can be found via the Employment webpages of the University of Geneva (announcement in French and English).

  2. The second study concerns the discourses around claims made by working children to recognize their right to work in dignity, and involves a detailed analysis of policy and legal documents on child labour. To conduct this study, we are looking to recruit a person who is motivated to complete a doctoral thesis in law. Additional information as well as requirements for this position and details about the application procedure can be found via the Employment webpages of the University of Geneva: (announcement in French and English).