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The Unison Housing Research LaB (UHRL) is a unique education and research collaboration between RMIT University and Unison Housing, Victoria’s largest social housing provider. The LaB is situated in the Social and Global Studies Centre (SGSC) in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies (GUSS). The LaB was established in 2017 and is funded for five years to undertake an innovative research program informed by the experiences of service users and providers.
We are seeking highly motivated and qualified applicants for a PhD scholarship to commence in February, 2019. The successful applicant will have, at minimum, an Honours level qualification in social science or related discipline (e.g. sociology, psychology, anthropology, criminology, law, gender, politics, health) and will have experience in quantitative research methods. Utilising their skills with administrative and survey data, the successful candidate will examine why people leave social housing and what happens to them subsequently. The candidate will investigate three questions:
- What are the reasons households leave social housing?
- What sort of housing do people subsequently move into and, relatedly, what proportion end up experiencing homelessness after they exit.
- What are the patterns of service use following exits from social housing.
In answering these questions this PhD project will provide important insights into the personal, social and economic costs of leaving social housing. It will also provide useful information for Unison with respect to maximising positive exits and minimising negative exits which are costly to everyone.
A stipend of $30,900 per annum pro rata (full time study) for three years.
Expressions of interest must be submitted via email by Friday October 26th, 2018.
Expressions of interest should contain the following information:
- A one-page summary justifying the applicant’s suitability for the role
- An academic CV
- Transcript of qualifying degree
- A copy of any publications, thesis or other scholarly writing
For further information contact:
Dr Juliet Watson, 03 9925 3477
Prof Guy Johnson, 03 9925 9893