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Social Sciences – Graduate Teaching Assistant PhD Studentship

PGRs working on social science projects are often housed in the Department of History, Geography and Social Sciences, but there are many other areas of the University in which researchers working on particular social science projects may be based.

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Social Work & Social Policy (SW&SP) research at Edge Hill University (EHU) is centred on work undertaken within the Department of History, Geography and Social Sciences, based in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), and cross-faculty thematic collaborations involving the Departments of Social Work (DSW) and Applied Health and Social Care (DAHSC) in the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine (FHSC), and the Faculty of Education (FoE). The Department of Social Sciences at EHU has a mature and dynamic research culture and a well-established tradition of excellence in research, evidenced by a record of work and publications recognized as being of national and international importance.

Our research includes work on a range of diverse subjects, with a particular focus on researching with, for, and by children and young people. This includes work theorising youth and exploring youth cultures and youth transitions, youth, community and social policy, children’s world’s and peer interactions, voicing children and young people within the policy-making process, international perspectives on childhood and youth, migration and identity. We also undertake research on gender, social work and participatory research, sexuality, consent and citizenship and work on conflict, post-conflict transition and human rights.

At the heart of this diversity, and what draws us together, is a long-standing commitment to promoting equality and progressive social change by adopting critical social scientific perspectives and undertaking inquiry into policy-relevant areas and issues specifically designed to counter discrimination and inequality, particularly on the grounds of ethnicity, gender and sexuality. Our work employs social science in order to give voice to the socially excluded and those often rendered invisible in the policy realm.

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The University particularly welcomes applications for studentships in the project areas outlined below with additional research information on the research area webpages. All PGRs will be supported by a supervisory team with appropriate expertise. Also, see the University’s research repository for further information on the research outputs of each member of staff.

“As a PhD student, an important part of your journey is your relationship with your supervisors. It can make or mar you. It can inspire you or make you anxious for the rest of your journey.

I have been blessed with an amazing supervisory team who have been consistent in guiding, encouraging, supporting and directing me at every step of the way. They make my student experience enjoyable.

I am proud to say that they have given me wings to fly. I couldn’t have asked for a better team, and I am thankful to each of them for their kindness and support.”

Aniekan Ekpenyong – PhD Postgraduate Researcher


Please direct all enquiries about proposed projects on topics related to social sciences research to Professor Alyson Brown, Graduate School research degree contact for social sciences research, by emailing [email protected] stating the specific research theme/s of interest from the research themes list.

Research themes

Research proposals are invited on the following:

  • Childhood and Youth
  • Human Animal Studies
  • Child and Athlete Welfare
  • Critical Autism Studies
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Children and Migration
  • International perspectives on childhood
  • Conflict resolution and post-conflict transition
  • Arts based and participatory research methods
  • Sociology of the Body
  • Queer theologies/sexuality and the bible
  • Sexual violence
  • Early childhood education and care