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ESRC South Coast DTP Studentship - Shrinking worlds? Young women’s experiences of loneliness in an age of austerity (S2150)

School of Geography &Environmental Science

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £15,285 (2020/21 UKRI rate)
Closing Date:  Monday 18 January 2021
Reference:  SCDTP-S2150

Shrinking worlds? Young women’s experiences of loneliness in an age of austerity

A fully funded studentship awarded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership (SCDTP) commencing in 2021/22 Academic Year.

In 2018 the UK government launched the first strategy for tackling loneliness, arguing that connected communities are healthier communities. This strategy has been criticized for the way in which it depoliticizes loneliness, and for failing to fully consider the structural conditions that can both produce and exacerbate experiences of loneliness. This in-depth ethnographic research will focus on the experiences of marginalized young women living in poverty in the UK, and their everyday experiences of loneliness. How does economic insecurity produce and intensify young women’s experiences of loneliness? In what ways is loneliness a feminist issue?

Supervisory Team:

Eleanor Wilkinson, Geography & Environmental Science (

Pauline Leonard, Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology (

Skills Required

Experience of conducting qualitative research, an engagement with scholarship around gender, race and austerity, a commitment to participatory action research and social justice.


South Coast DTP Funding provides an annual maintenance grant (tax free) of £15285 (2020/21 UKRI rate), plus payment of 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 18th January 2021.  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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