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SCDTP Studentship - The role of pensions in the income strategies among ethnic elders in the UK


Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £15,009
(19/20 UKRI rate)
Closing Date:  Thursday 23 January 2020
Reference:  1205019CC

The role of pensions in the income strategies among ethnic elders in the UK

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

Older persons from minority ethnic communities in the UK have been shown to be at a financial disadvantage compared to the White British population, however there remain questions about the role of pensions in ethnic elders’ income and the ways in which they prepare financially for later life. The project will combine analysis of the UK Household Longitudinal Survey with semi-structured interviews with older individuals from Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities in the UK, in order to explore the composition of ethnic elders’ income, the role of pensions in such income, and alternative (non-pension) strategies for financial adequacy in later life.

Skills Required

Essential: Background in a social sciences subject, ideally linked to ethnicity and/ or ageing over the life course; Knowledge of logistic regression modelling; Knowledge of qualitative interviewing. Desirable: Knowledge of mixed methods research; experience in using USoc 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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