Senior Research Assistant/Research Fellow: An Equalities Impact Assessment of Housing Welfare Reform
Location: Geography and Environment, University of Southampton
Salary: £28,695, Full Time Fixed Term (1 year), from 1st August 2015 (or as soon as possible thereafter)
Closing Date: Tuesday 17 March 2015
This research post sits at the intersection between social geography, sociology, housing studies, youth studies, and socio-legal studies. You will work with the Principal Investigator, Dr Eleanor Wilkinson, on an ESRC-funded project: ‘Hitting Home: Single People, Housing Benefit Reform & Equalities Law’. Single people without dependants are one of the most vulnerable groups in terms of housing rights, as policy tends to regard them as less in need than other groups. In this context it is vital to consider how single people have been affected by the recent cuts to housing welfare. This project focuses upon one specific policy that solely affects single people: the changed shared accommodation rate for single people under-35 regarding eligibility for Local Housing Allowance. This research will examine whether this changed threshold contravenes the 2010 Equality Act (age equality, gender equality, disability equality, LGBT equality, race equality). The project will conduct in-depth qualitative research with people from ‘protected’ equalities groups, assessing the impact this policy has had on their daily lives.

You should have, or be very close to completing a PhD or equivalent in Human Geography or relevant social science discipline (such as Sociology, Housing Studies, Social Policy, Socio-Legal Studies), experience of conducting in-depth qualitative interviews (prior experience of interviewing marginalized ‘hard to reach’ groups would be advantageous).

This position is tenable from 1 August 2015 (or as soon as possible thereafter). Flexible working conditions and/or a part-time appointment is possible

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Eleanor Wilkinson e.k.wilkinson@soton.ac.uk
Full details of the post can be found here https://jobs.soton.ac.uk/Vacancy.aspx?ref=523715WR .

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