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PhD Studentship (ESRC South Coast DTP) - The new political divides in British politics

Politics & International Relations

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £14553
Annual stipend of £14553 plus payment of programme fees.
Closing Date:   Wednesday 28 June 2017
Reference:  878717CC

The new political divides in British politics

A fully funded studentship awarded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership (SCDTP)

Supervisory Team:

Professor Will Jennings (W.J.Jennings@soton.ac.uk), Professor Patrick Sturgis, Professor Gerry Stoker

This project will explore the long-term relationship between social and economic development and public attitudes in Britain, alongside the wider emergence of identity politics and ‘cultural backlash’. Using a range of survey data and making use of advanced quantitative methods, it will specifically focus on the role of place, and context, in shaping social attitudes – seeking to understand how this contributes to the polarisation of attitudes between different geographical areas, and emergence of new political divides in Britain.

Research question:

How do place, and context, shape social attitudes and how has this contributed to the emergence of new political divides in Britain?

A dynamic of global economic development means that many countries are experiencing uneven development and their citizens are increasingly split between those who can access high-skill jobs and those who cannot. As a result some citizens are living in urban areas of growth and others in areas of relative decline. There are emerging out of these processes distinctive political, social, and cultural outlooks on the two sides of the divide (Jennings and Stoker 2016). In “cosmopolitan” areas, people hold attitudes that are more socially liberal, pro-EU and future-oriented, whereas in regional coastal and post-industrial areas attitudes are more likely to be negative about immigration and the EU, and prone to embracing nostalgia. These are the places said to be “left behind” and the subject of much academic and public debate (e.g. Cliffe, 2014; 2015; 2016; Ford and Goodwin, 2014; Evans and Mellon, 2015; Goodwin and Heath, 2016). The EU referendum “crystallised” this new political cleavage (BES 2016) yet its origins can be traced to long-term trends in both public opinion and public policy – and their interrelation. This project will explore the long-term relationship between social and economic development and public attitudes in Britain, alongside the wider emergence of identity politics and ‘cultural backlash’. It will specifically focus on the role of place, and context, in shaping social attitudes – seeking to understand how this contributes to the polarisation of attitudes between different areas.

Skills required:

• A background in political science, survey research or political geography
• Training in quantitative methods to at least intermediate level
• Some experience of analysis of survey data and relevant software packages (e.g. Stata)

Funding

South Coast DTP Funding provides an annual maintenance grant (tax free) of £14553, plus payment of all programme fees.  Other funding available for SCDTP funded students can be found on the SCDTP website (southcoastdtp.ac.uk).

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 southcoastdtp.ac.uk).

Application Procedure

The closing date and time for applications is noon on 28th June 2017.  The full application procedure, the funding application form, and more information on the South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership can be found at:

http://southcoastdtp.ac.uk/how-to-apply/

For further information about this project, please contact the lead supervisor detailsed above.  For questions relating to the application procedure, or for more information about the SCDTP, please visit the SCDTP website or contact us at scdtp@soton.ac.uk

 

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