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SCDTP Studentship - New Methodologies For Analysing Longitudinal Data on Homelessness

The Department of Social Statistics & Demography at the University of Southampton is offering a SCDTP Studentship in New Methodologies For Analysing Longitudinal Data on Homelessness

It's a fully funded studentship awarded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership (SCDTP) commencing in 2019/20 Academic Year.

Supervisory Team:

Professor Ann Berrington (expert in Demography and Housing Projections) and Professor Peter Smith (expert in Statistical Modelling of Administrative Data) in partnership with Catherine Barham (Senior Analyst, MHCLG).

This project provides a unique opportunity for a student to work with case level longitudinal information on households experiencing periods of homelessness. It is the first time such detailed data on the composition and circumstances of households at risk of becoming homeless has been collected and analysed and is designed to monitor the Homelessness Reduction Act which came into force in April 2018. This is an extremely high profile area for the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government. Findings will be used to improve the evidence base used for policy decision-making.

Skills Required

The student would require an MSc in quantitative social science or statistics. The student needs to be able to handle large and complex datasets and through their training will develop statistical modelling skills such as event history analysis, sequence analysis, and propensity score matching. The student will be expected to develop methodologies capable of analysing this new administratively linked dataset.


South Coast DTP Funding provides an annual maintenance grant (tax free) of £14777 (2018/19 UKRI rate), plus payment of all programme fees.  Other funding available for SCDTP funded students can be found on the SCDTP website.

Funding is provided for 3 years full-time PhD study (pro-rata for part-time students).  Applications for 1+3 funding for students completing a Master's year prior to the commencement of PhD study are also welcome (details available here).

Application Procedure

The closing date and time for applications is 11.59pm on 24th January 2019.  The full application procedure, the funding application form, and more information on the South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership can be found here.

For further information about this project, please contact the lead supervisor detailed above.  For questions relating to the application procedure, or for more information about the SCDTP, please visit the SCDTP website or contact scdtp [at] (this email address).

Location:  Highfield Campus

Salary:   £14777 

(18/19 UKRI rate)

Closing Date:  Thursday 24 January 2019

Reference:  1080318CC


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