PhD Studentship in commercial ethnography for the‘Adaptable Suburbs’ research project

November 3, 2011

Adaptable Suburbs: a study of the relationship between networks of human activity and the changing form of urban and suburban centres through time

Following the award of a grant from the EPSRC, the Adaptable Suburbs project is advertising a PhD studentship, as follows:

UCL Department / Division: Department of Anthropology, Bartlett School of Graduate Studies
Duration of Studentship: 3 Years
Stipend: Stipend of £15,000 per annum, subject to nationality and residence status

Vacancy Information: The UCL ‘Adaptable Suburbs’ project (see invites applications for one 3 year fully-funded EPSRC studentship at University College London commencing 1st December 2011 (or soon after). The scholarship is for a bursary and tuition fees. The student will be joining a team of researchers and two other PhD studentships from the disciplines of built environment, anthropology and geomatic engineering. The studentship will be hosted by UCL Anthropology and will be supervised by two members of the project team: Dr Victor Buchli (Anthropology) and Professor Laura Vaughan (The Bartlett).

The ‘Adaptable Suburbs’ project is focused on understanding how small centres of socio-economic activity emerge through time, using Greater London as its geographical focus. It stems from a previous project which looked at twenty of London’s outer suburbs, see The research will provide evidence for policy decision making and for planning and design to improve the future sustainability of the aging built environment. It will also develop innovative methods for the integration of socio-economic data with information about the layout of urban areas. The project is funded jointly by the EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) and the ESRC (Economic and Social Sciences Research Council).

Eligibility: For nationality and residence requirements, please see Candidates must have obtained a 2.1 or equivalent and a Master’s degree in the relevant subject – see person specification for details. For 2010-11 EPSRC has stipulated that the minimum stipend will be £15,590, in addition to the tuition fee, which will be paid to the university from the project funds.

Applications should include a two-page CV, academic transcripts and a two-page statement explaining how your research experience and academic knowledge relate to the project in general and to the studentship in particular. Applications should be sent to: Professor Laura Vaughan <>, copying to Dr Victor Buchli < Please include a contact telephone number and an email address where you can be easily reached. Academic references will be taken up for all short-listed candidates. Applications are due November 7 2011.


Download the Studentship details


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