Identity, difference and citizenship (SJCC research area)


Potential supervisors working in this area include: Dr Nichola Wood; Dr Glenda Garelli; Professor Louise WaiteDr Deirdre Conlon; and Dr Martin Zebracki.

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

Identity, difference and citizenship is one of a number of research strengths in the Cities and Social Justice research cluster.

Our members are making significant contributions to debates regarding new formations of citizenship and changing social identities (particularly related to gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, religion, and national identity) in diverse international contexts. Our research in these areas intervenes in high-profile and often politicised debates regarding social cohesion, integration, exclusion, national values and how people live with difference in an era of rapid change. We also have a long-standing track record of research on issues related to children, youth and intergenerational relationships and justice. 

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: