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PhD Studentship (ESRC South Coast DTP) - Addressing Migration Uncertainty: Data, Knowledge, and Measures

Social Statistics & Demography

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £14553
Annual stipend of £14553 (2017/18 RCUK rate) plus payment of programme fees
Closing Date:  Wednesday 31 January 2018
Reference:  SCDTP946317CC

Addressing Migration Uncertainty: Data, Knowledge, and Measures

A fully funded studentship awarded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership (SCDTP) commencing in 2018/19 Academic Year.

Supervisory Team:

Professor Jakub Bijak (Social Statistics & Demography, Lead Supervisor) (, Doctor Hector Calvo Pardo (Economics), Professor David Owen (Politics & International Relations) 

Migration is one of the central issues in contemporary politics, but both potential migrants and those seeking to govern migration make their decisions under very high uncertainty. Some sources of this uncertainty can be reduced through better data or knowledge, but other may remain irreducible, calling for applying different approaches. This interdisciplinary project, bridging economics, statistics and political philosophy, with a strong quantitative focus, will aim to propose taxonomy of different types of migration uncertainty and to improve its measurement.
In the recent economics literature, measuring uncertainty, as opposed to mere risk, is a very active area of methodological research. Here we would like to apply and improve upon recently advanced methodological contributions, such as those by Jurado et al. (2015, American Economic Review), to measure uncertainty in migration decisions. The purpose is three-fold: (1) For ‘data-rich’ measures, their construction will help us identify the data gaps; (2) Armed with quantitative measures, we will be able to conduct statistical analysis in the migration area, across different domains, to identify or amend knowledge gaps; (3) For measures that are time-varying, their evolution over time can shed light on the effects of events such as policy changes, structural reforms, or natural or human disasters.


South Coast DTP Funding provides an annual maintenance grant (tax free) of £14553 (2017/18 RCUK 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 11.59pm 31st January 2018.  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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