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SCDTP Studentship - Changing support and family structures in Japan and the impact on older people’s wellbeing


Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £15,009
(19/20 UKRI rate)
Closing Date:  Thursday 23 January 2020
Reference:  1204819CC

Changing support and family structures in Japan and the impact on older people’s wellbeing

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:

Prof. Maria Evandrou and Prof. Athina Vlachantoni (both in Department of Gerontology, Centre for Population Change and Centre for Research on Ageing, University of Southampton)

Japan is currently the world’s oldest country, with one-third of its population aged 60 and over; but it is also a country which has seen changing family structures over the last two decades, such as the increase in solo-living elderly households, which can negatively impact on the wellbeing of older people. Understanding the impact of such changes on older individuals has critical policy implications. This project aims to understand the effect of changing family structures and patterns of intergenerational support in Japan on older people’s physical and mental wellbeing, using advanced quantitative analysis of data from the Japanese Study of Aging and Retirement (JSTAR).

Skills Required

Essential: Background in a social sciences subject, ideally linked to intergenerational support and/or ageing over the life course; knowledge of logistic regression modelling. Desirable: Experience in using JSTAR or other large-scale datasets.


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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