Urban contestation and alternatives (SJCC research area)

Supervisor(s)

Potential supervisors working in this area include: Dr Sara GonzalezDr Stuart HodkinsonProfessor Paul ChattertonProfessor Paul RoutledgeDr Michael JanoschkaDr Alex Schafran; and Professor David Bell.

When you contact a potential supervisor please be prepared to discuss your area of research, proposed topic and research interests. If you having funding in place for your studies, please provide them with details or let them know of any relevant scholarships you are thinking of applying for along with application deadlines.

Project description

Urban contestation and alternatives is one of a number of research strengths in the Cities and Social Justice research cluster

Our research seeks to understand current urban transformations and futures and in particular how different actors, from the state and private sector to community groups, negotiate their diverse interests in cities. We challenge the existing neoliberalising trends in urban policy, such as residential and retail gentrification, privatisation of housing, displacement and also promote research on alternative and socially just urban models. 

You should submit a research proposal outlining your idea for a PhD research project in this area as part of an application for research degree study. We advise you to get in touch with a potential supervisor before submitting a formal application. Staff listed above are experts in this research area and can help ensure that your research is accurate, of interest to them and adding to current knowledge.

Social Justice, Cities, Citizenship research cluster

The Social Justice, Cities, Citizenship research cluster aims to understand the complexities of social (in)justice and citizenship at different geographical and temporal scales and contribute to efforts at achieving a radically fairer world. We have a track record for internationally relevant, engaged and impactful research which is often co-produced with academic and non-academic partners, such as public bodies, NGOs, community groups, campaigners and practitioners.

Entry requirements

Applications are invited from candidates with or expecting a minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree (2:1), and/or a Masters degree in the relevant subject area.

The ESRC White Rose DTP offers strong UK applicants funding for a 1 year Masters in Research Methods (interdisciplinary) at the University of Leeds followed by 3 years funding for PhD study. They also offer 3 years PhD funding for applicants who already have a Masters degree which meets the core social sciences research methods training requirements.

If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University’s minimum English Language requirements. If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University’s minimum English Language requirements.

How to apply

Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the university's website.

We welcome scholarship applications from all suitably-qualified candidates, but UK black and minority ethnic (BME) researchers are currently under-represented in our Postgraduate Research community, and we would therefore particularly encourage applications from UK BME candidates. All scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit.

If you require any further information about the application process please contact Jacqui Manton e: j.manton@leeds.ac.uk.