ESRC Collaborative Studentship - Legislative Change to the Private Rented Sector: A natural experiment between Scotland & England

Applications are invited from outstanding quantitative social scientists (or from other relevant disciplines) with an interest in pioneering the use of Big data to examine the impact of the Scottish Governments Private housing (Tenancies) 2016 Act.

The PhD studentship is funded collaboratively by the Scottish Parliament Information Centre and the Scottish Doctoral Training Centre on behalf of the ESRC.

The successful applicant will have an interest in Housing Policy and Housing Studies and will be keen to explore the potential of using big data in conjunction with more traditional survey data. The student will also to be willing to explore different natural experiment methodology and different statistical techniques like: Difference in Difference; and time series models such as Vector Auroregression (VAR) models. They will need to meet the ESRC research training and residency requirements.

The studentship will provide an unrivalled opportunity to develop valuable expertise and experience in this kind of work through close links with two ESRC research centres based in the University of Glasgow and the Scottish Parliament Information Centre all with an interest in research into the Private Rented Sector and with complementary skills:

The student will benefit from excellent supervisory support. The lead supervisor, Professor Ken Gibb, is Director of CaCHE and is located within Urban Studies, one of Europe’s leading centres for inter-disciplinary urban research, with a strong interest in housing and housing research. The student will also be supervised by Dr Mark Livingston who is the lead for housing research within the Urban Big Data Centre and part of Urban Studies; and Kate Berry who is a senior researcher in the Justice and Social Affairs Unit in SPICe and is the lead for housing at SPICe.

Application deadline: Friday 15 March 2019.

Applications will be ranked by a selection panel and applicants will be notified if they have been shortlisted for interview by 5 April 2019. Interview dates are to be confirmed.

Find out more, including full details on how to apply, on the University of Glasgow website.