Health and wellbeing impacts of the re-growth of private renting

This UKRI-funded studentship offers an outstanding opportunity for research training and development in the area of systems modelling, applied to health and social welfare policies.

The student will enjoy close links with two major UKRI-funded Research Centres: the Systems Science in Public Health and Economics Research Consortium and the Urban Big Data Centre. It is available for UK, EU or International students (+3 or 1+3 funding).

One of the most profound changes in the UK’s welfare system over recent decades has been the growing role played by the private rented sector in housing those in poverty, including children. The impacts on health and well-being have yet to be fully investigated. Multiple pathways may be at work including: poor physical conditions and poor management, impacting on physical and mental health; low security of tenure and hence mobility of households, leading to stress but also loss of valued social supports; or high rents and increasingly restricted housing benefits leading to material deprivations, as well as acting as barriers to employment uptake. On the other hand, the higher mobility from private renting may be a route to employment opportunity with positive health consequences. Using qualitative and quantitative systems modelling approaches, this PhD will investigate how changes to the private rental sector can influence population health and wellbeing and what policy responses may be required to capitalise on benefits and prevent harm.

Supervisors: Professor Petra Meier (MRC/CSO Social & Public Health Sciences Unit) and Professor Nick Bailey (Urban Studies, School of Social and Political Sciences)

Application deadline: 26 February 2021

Interviews: 19 and 20 April 2021

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

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