ProBE PhD studentship: Women in the construction industry: investigating integration and diversity

21 August 2015

We are pleased to offer a PhD Studentship, consisting of a fee waiver and annual stipend of £16,000 for three years.

The Studentship will commence in January 2016, and is available to applicants with Home fee status only (usually defined as applicants from the UK and EU).

The research project will provide new insights into the ways in which women enter and continue their careers in a traditionally male dominated industry and will contextualise the historic and previously hidden extent of their efforts in building and maintaining the material environs.

The main research focus will be to pose a series of questions about gender segregation in the construction industry and the difficulties encountered during education, training and employment, which hinder integration and career progression. While the exact area of study will be developed with the successful applicant, it may include the analysis of documentary evidence from various archives; statistical analysis; recording the oral histories of women who have previously worked in the industry; as well as contemporary analysis of those currently in employment.

The proposal is also timed to take account of the current adaptations in the industry in relation to climate change and the potential benefits of these for the future training and integration of women. The applicant will be encouraged to take an international approach to the investigation.

The project will contribute to recent and on‐going research, in particular ProBE’s international programme of research on climate change and work, the history of women in the building industry and collaborative work with industry to support diversity initiatives in mega‐construction projects.

The supervisors will be Dr Christine Wall (Director of Studies, University of Westminster) and Professor Linda Clarke (University of Westminster). The successful applicant will be based in the Centre for the Study of the Production of the Built Environment (PRoBE), which spans the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment and Westminster Business School.

Candidates should have a relevant background in the humanities, social sciences or the built environment. Applicants should normally have a minimum classification of 2.1 in their Bachelor Degree or equivalent and preferably a Master’s degree. Applicants whose secondary level education has not been conducted in the medium of English should also demonstrate evidence of appropriate English language proficiency normally defined as IELTS: 6.5 (overall score with not less than 6.0 in any of the individual elements).

The application should include a research proposal of 2,500‐3,000 words.

Guidance on how to write a research proposal.

The proposal should include references and:

  1. A brief introduction to the proposed area of study
  2. A brief outline of the key research question(s)
  3. A brief outline of the methodological approach envisaged
  4. A brief outline of the proposed time schedule and plan of work
  5. Additional information relevant to the application

Applications are submitted via UKPASS.

The closing date for applications is 5pm on 30 September 2015.

Informal enquiries, contact Dr Christine Wall: c.wall@westminster.ac.uk or Professor Linda Clarke: clarkel@westminster.ac.uk.


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