PHD Programme

We offer funded PhD opportunities via Heriot-Watt University’s James Watt Scholarship Programme. I-SPHERE also encourages applicants to apply for funding through the Scottish Graduate School of Social Sciences or other relevant external sources.  We will also consider applications from self-funding PhD candidates.

Find out more about applying for a PHD with I-SPHERE.

We are currently advertising 2 funded PHD opportunities – for more information see:

https://www.hw.ac.uk/schools/energy-geoscience-infrastructure-society/postgraduate-research/funded-phd-opportunities.htm

Our Current and recent PHD Students:

NamePHD TitleSupervisorsGraduated
Adam StephensonLost worlds of welfare: Local homelessness systems in EnglandProfessor Mark Stephens (The Urban Institute)
Dr Beth Watts
Alice LunguSquatter upgrading in Zambia: Adequacy of the institutional frameworkProfessor Glen Bramley
Gina Netto
2016
Aslan TanekenovEmpowering of homeless people through employment?: The experience of British social enterprises and lessons for KazakhstanProfessor Suzanne Fitzpatrick
Professor Sarah Johnsen
2013
Dora WelkerSanctuary schemes in England and ScotlandProfessor Suzanne Fitzpatrick
Dr Beth Watts
Femi OkeladeHomelessness in Nigeria: A Case Study for AbujaProfessor Suzanne Fitzpatrick
Professor Sarah Johnsen
Fiona JacksonThrough the lense of 'faithness': Examining the role of faith based organisations in the Scottish homelessness sectorProfessor Suzanne Fitzpatrick
Professor Sarah Johnsen
2018
Hui Fang CongAn assessment of urban village redevelopment in China: Case study of a medium sized city WeihaiProfessor Glen Bramley
Neil Dunse
2017
Janice BlenkinsoppThe Impact of Social Security Reforms on Younger Adults’ Housing Choices in EdinburghProfessor Mark Stephens (The Urban Institute)
Professor Suzanne Fitzpatrick
2018
Katie ColliverWorking title: Understanding differential treatment of homeless households in England, Wales and Scotland: a normative perspectiveDr Beth Watts
Prof Sarah Johnsen
Lynne McMordieUnderstanding the design, use and impacts of temporary and supported accommodation models for homeless households in the United Kingdom.Dr Beth Watts
Professor Suzanne Fitzpatrick
Melissa EspinozaPitching solutions rather than tents: A case study of social control and homelessness in Seattle, USAProfessor Suzanne Fitzpatrick
Dr Beth Watts
Natasha ColicThe changing role of 'the public interest' in Serbian planning practiceProfessor Glen Bramley
Peter Matthews
2016
Nikoletta TheodorouThe modifying effects of attachment experiences on populations that have experience of Multiple Exclusion HomelessnessProfessor Sarah Johnsen
Dr Beth Watts
Regina SerpaChoice, Constraint and Negotiating Housing Systems: Understanding Migrant Homelessness in the US and UKProfessor Suzanne Fitzpatrick Dr Beth Watts
Timothy PackerYouth homelessness and the transition to adulthood: how understanding life stage informs effective interventionsDr Beth Watts
Professor Suzanne Fitzpatrick
Toriqul BasharSocial capital of the urban poor in Bangladesh: implications for affordable housingProfessor Glen Bramley
Arnab Bhattacharjee
2017
Tuyen TranTBCProfessor Glen Bramley
Neil Dunse
Yan WangInvestigation of social housing policy in Western China: A case study of Yinchuan CityProfessor Suzanne Fitzpatrick
Professor Mark Stephens (The Urban Institute)
2018

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