Housing and the Use of Predictive Analytics PhD Scholarship

Housing and the Use of Predictive Analytics PhD Scholarship

Description

This PhD will be located within and form a part of the work programme of the new UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE) funded by the ESRC, AHRC and Joseph Rowntree Foundation:  (http://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/socialpolitical/ukcollaborativecentreforhousingevidencecache/). It will be supervised by Professor Ken Gibb, PI and Director of CaCHE. The Wheatley Group will support the project and provide a co-supervisor (http://www.wheatley-group.com/).

Big data and data analysis are increasingly used by business and the public sector to segment markets, understand better existing and newly emerging demands and societal needs, and also to focus scarce resources more effectively where need is greatest. Policy makers are also concerned with using such methods so as to better identify the factors that statistically predict or explain subsequent undesired outcomes (and hence target policy to the root causes of the bad outcome). For instance, might evidence of a family where a parent has a custodial criminal conviction explain future below average educational outcomes for children in that household (and so make a case for different, preventative, sentencing strategies)? Other public policy examples of this type of use of predictive analytics in the case of New Zealand can be found at:  https://www.sas.com/en_nz/customers/msd.html. It should also be noted that there is a growing critical literature about the hidden costs of these algorithm-led big data approaches that can have unintended and arguably undesirable outcomes (see Cathy O’Neill’s website ‘MathBabe’ https://mathbabe.org/).

The successful candidate for this PhD project should propose, as part of their application, (and in no more than 1500 words) an idea for a project that would combine the use of predictive analytics methods or approaches with substantive questions relating to the housing sector. The choice of which question relating to the housing sector is open to the student but it might for instance concern (1) the use of such mechanisms to assist the effectiveness of individual housing providers and how they work with their customers; (2) the study might use these methods to better understand how specific housing markets (and segments) function or evolve in the future; and (3) or use predictive analytics to inform government (and other stakeholders) housing policies. These are just a suggestion and we would be happy to consider other housing areas, sectors or questions.

The project, while rigorous, may be quantitative or qualitative, technical or otherwise. Typically, we would expect the candidate to have a social sciences background but they may have other backgrounds where relevant e.g. IT or computing science skills (though this is not a pre-requisite). Queries about the substantive aspects of the application can be made to Ken Gibb at ken.gibb@glasgow.ac.uk. All other questions relating to the studentship should be made to the College of Social Sciences Graduate School.

Eligibility

Home/EU and international applicants are eligible to apply as well as students already in their first year of a University of Glasgow PhD. Both full-time and part-time students are eligible.  Students based on.

The Award

The scholarship will run for a maximum of 3 years full-time or 5 years part-time commencing in October 2017 and will provide:

  • an annual maintenance grant at the RCUK rate (2017-18 rate £14,553 full-time/£8,731.80 part-time)
  • fees at the standard Home/EU or International rate
  • a research support grant of £750 (£450 part-time) per annum

How to Apply

All applicants should complete and collate the following documentation then attach to a single email and send to socsci-scholarships@glasgow.ac.uk by 07 August 2017:

Academic Transcript(s)

Full academic transcript(s) from previous studies (undergraduate and postgraduate).

2 references

On official headed notepaper and signed by referees.

References given to candidates in sealed envelopes should be opened, scanned and attached to the email.

References can also be emailed direct to socsci-scholarships@glasgow.ac.uk by referees via their official University email address; clearly labelling the reference e.g. “John Smith XX Scholarship Reference”

Copy of CV

Research Proposal
A brief 2-page document outlining your response and ideas to take forward the  proposed research project set out above. This should include evidnece of relevant readingand feasible plans for study.

Any application which fails to meet the above requirements will not be considered.

 

Selection Process

Applications will be ranked by a selection panel and applicants will be notified of the decision on their application by 18 August 2017.

All scholarship awards are subject to candidates successfully securing admission to a PhD programme within the College of Social Sciences.  Successful scholarship applicants will be invited to apply for admission to the relevant PhD programme after they are selected for funding.

Scottish Children's Neighbourhood Research Scholarship: Place-based approaches and improving educational outcomes.

Scottish Children's Neighbourhood Research Scholarship: Place-based approaches and improving educational outcomes.

Description

The Scottish Children’s Neighbourhood (SCN) is an innovative collaborative approach between the Glasgow Centre for Population Health, Robert Owen Centre for Educational Change and What Works Scotland within the University of Glasgow. The approach is supported by key partners including Glasgow City Council, Clyde Gateway, Children in Scotland, Save the Children and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde who are committed to building on current investments.

SCN brings together, builds on and develops ideas generated across a range of place-based initiatives including the Strive Partnership, Harlem Children’s Zone in the United States and Children’s Communities in a number of sites across the UK. Our aim is to take the lessons from these sites, develop evidence-based approaches and apply them within the Scottish context.

Key to our approach is a locality based strategic focus on joining up efforts across services and sectors to ensure better coordination, integration of local support systems and a coherent set of networks for children and families and the communities in which they live. This approach moves from traditional ways of working that move from disorder and confusion and delivering individual and coordinated impact to deliver collective impact for all.

There are two PhD studentships on offer, one of which will take an educational perspective while the other will have a more community focus.

Studentship 1: 

This PhD studentship will take an educational perspective. It will support a research student to develop an innovative and novel programme of research exploring the relationship between place-based approaches and improved educational outcomes for young people in living in challenging circumstances. The second studentship will focus on community development and broader social issues associated with place-based approaches. However, we expect the two successful candidates to work collaboratively with each other and as part of a dynamic and growing research team consisting of a Knowledge Exchange and Impact Fellow, post-doctoral researchers and academics from a diverse range of disciplines.

For this studentship it is expected that the successful applicant with adopt a mixed methods approach that will add significant value to and align with the development of SCN work within the College of Social Sciences Research Hub at the Olympia Building within the University of Glasgow. It would be of an advantage to have an interest in developing expertise in social network analysis, case study research and a range of participatory methods.

We are looking for bold and creative ideas that investigate wicked issues and key questions within the SCN that can be integrated into an exciting programme of research that explores place-based approaches through the lens of community development. The exact nature of the project is very open but we expect it to broadly meet the needs of the SCN and to work within that framework. 

For further information on Studentship 1 please contact: chris.chapman@glasgow.ac.uk

Studentship 2:

This PhD studentship will have a more community focus. It will support a research student to develop an innovative and novel programme of research exploring the use of community development within a place based setting to improve outcomes for young people living in challenging circumstances. The second studentship will focus more on the role of education within place-based approaches. However, we expect the two successful candidates to work collaboratively with each other and as part of a dynamic and growing research team consisting of a Knowledge Exchange and Impact Fellow, post-doctoral researchers and academics from a diverse range of disciplines.

For this studentship it is expected that the successful applicant will develop a research proposal that will add significant value to and align with the development of SCN work within the College of Social Sciences Research Hub at the Olympia Building within the University of Glasgow. The methodology and the research proposal are up to the student to develop but we expect them to adopt participatory methods and will be co-constructed with the community. 

We are looking for bold and creative ideas that investigate wicked issues and key questions within the SCN that can be integrated into an exciting programme of research that explores place-based approaches through the lens of community development. The exact nature of the project is very open but we expect it to broadly meet the needs of the SCN and to work within that framework. 

For further information on Studentship 2 please contact: nicholas.watson@glasgow.ac.uk

 

Eligibility

Home/EU and international applicants are eligible to apply as well as students already in their first year of a University of Glasgow PhD. Both full-time and part-time students are eligible.

The Award

The scholarship will run for a maximum of 3 years full-time or 5 years part-time commencing on October 2017 and will provide:

  • an annual maintenance grant at the RCUK rate (2017-18 rate £14,553 full-time/£8,731.80 part-time)
  • fees at the standard Home/EU or International rate
  • a research support grant of £750 (£450 part-time) per annum

How to Apply

All applicants should complete and collate the following documentation then attach to a single email and send to Patricia.Wallace@glasgow.ac.uk by Monday 07th August

Academic Transcript(s)

Full academic transcript(s) from previous studies (undergraduate and postgraduate).

2 references

On official headed notepaper and signed by referees.

References given to candidates in sealed envelopes should be opened, scanned and attached to the email.

References can also be emailed direct to Patricia.Wallace@glasgow.ac.uk by referees via their official University email address; clearly labelling the reference e.g. “John Smith SCN Scholarship Reference” 

Copy of CV

Research Proposal
A document outlining the proposed area o0f investigation. No more than two pages.

Any application which fails to meet the above requirements will not be considered.

 

Selection Process

Applications will be ranked by a selection panel and applicants will be notified of the decision on their application very shortly after the closing date.

All scholarship awards are subject to candidates successfully securing admission to a PhD programme within the College of Social Sciences.  Successful scholarship applicants will be invited to apply for admission to the relevant PhD programme after they are selected for funding.