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SCDTP Studentship - Victimisation, Procedural Justice and the Perceived Legitimacy of the Justice System: An Interdisciplinary Sociotechnical Study

Sociology Social Policy & Criminology

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £15,009
(19/20 UKRI rate)
Closing Date:  Thursday 23 January 2020
Reference:  1203619CC

Victimisation, Procedural Justice and the Perceived Legitimacy of the Justice System: An Interdisciplinary Sociotechnical Study 

A fully funded studentship awarded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership (SCDTP) commencing in 2020/21 Academic Year.

Supervisory Team:

Dr Pamela Ugwudike (Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology, Faculty of Social Sciences) (  and Professor Leslie Carr (Department of Electronics and Computer Science, Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences).

We are pleased to welcome applications from candidates interested in victimology, with a specific focus on understanding how crime victims participating in social media spaces discursively frame their experiences of the justice system and their perceptions of the system’s legitimacy. The successful candidate will undertake an interdisciplinary research study that will use social media analytics and qualitative research methods to conduct a discourse analysis of social media data extracted by an innovative social media data mining software. This project provides a unique opportunity to inform the development of a new digital research tool and a fresh perspective on the nexus of crime victimisation, procedural justice, and the perceived legitimacy of the justice system.

Skills Required

A social science background and qualitative research skills.


South Coast DTP Funding provides an annual maintenance grant (tax free) of £15009 (2019/20 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 at

Application Procedure

The closing date and time for applications is 4.00pm on 23rd January 2020.  The full application procedure, the funding application form, and more information on the South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership can be found at:

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 us at

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