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Senior Research Assistant/Research Fellow

Population, Health & Wellbeing

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £28,695
Full Time Fixed Term (1 year)
Closing Date:  Tuesday 17 March 2015
Interview Date:   Wednesday 29 April 2015
Reference:  523715WR

An Equalities Impact Assessment of Housing Welfare Reform

This research post sits at the intersection between social geography, sociology, housing studies, youth studies, and socio-legal studies. You will work with the Principal Investigator, Dr Eleanor Wilkinson, on an ESRC-funded project: Hitting Home: Single People, Housing Benefit Reform & Equalities Law’. Single people without dependants are one of the most vulnerable groups in terms of housing rights, as policy tends to regard them as less in need than other groups. In this context it is vital to consider how single people have been affected by the recent cuts to housing welfare. This project focuses upon one specific policy that solely affects single people: the changed shared accommodation rate for single people under-35 regarding eligibility for Local Housing Allowance. This research will examine whether this changed threshold contravenes the 2010 Equality Act (age equality, gender equality, disability equality, LGBT equality, race equality). The project will conduct in-depth qualitative research with people from ‘protected’ equalities groups, assessing the impact this policy has had on their daily lives.

Your fieldwork will involve semi-structured interviews with Local Housing Allowance claimants, recruiting research participants, engaging with third sector organizations and other stakeholders, analysing data from an online survey, writing working papers and online briefings, and contributing to academic publications. You will undertake literature searches and reviews, data collection and analysis, as well as other project specific duties and responsibilities.

You will become part of the vibrant research culture here in Geography and Environment at the University of Southampton. You will be given academic and pastoral support, and will have access to a range of staff development courses to assist you in developing your skills and research career.

You should have, or be very close to completing a PhD or equivalent in Human Geography or relevant social science discipline (such as Sociology, Housing Studies, Social Policy, Socio-Legal Studies),  experience of conducting in-depth qualitative interviews (prior experience of interviewing marginalized ‘hard to reach’ groups would be advantageous).

This position is tenable from 1 August 2015 (or as soon as possible thereafter).  Flexible working conditions and/or a part-time appointment is possible

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Eleanor Wilkinson

Application procedure:

You should submit your completed online application form at If you need any assistance, please call Charlene Tyson on +44 (0) 23 8059 6803. Please quote reference 523715WR on all correspondence.

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

Further details:

We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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