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  • 3 year fully funded PhD Project (UK Students Only) opportunity on 'Silver Splitters: Partnership dissolution and re-formation in later life'

    Supervised by CPC's Professor Maria Evandrou, Professor Jane Falkingham and Dr Athina Vlachantoni.


    Project Description:

    Although the divorce rate in the UK amongst the population of all ages has been falling over the past two decades, the likelihood of experiencing divorce at ages 60 and over has been rising (ONS, 2015). In 1993, the divorce rate amongst men aged 60 and over was 1.7 per 1,000 married people; by 2013 this had risen to 2.3 /1,000 (ONS, 2015). Continuing improvements in life expectancy, with men and women now facing the prospect of a further 20-25 years of life post 60, changing social norms around divorce and the improved financial position of women may mean that in future more individuals may choose to get divorced in mid- and later-life. Recent policy changes in the area of pensions may further support this trend; the pension reforms introduced in April 2015 mean that many individuals among the over-55 age group are able to access their entire pension pot as cash, aiding older people in splitting their assets and potentially making financial separation easier (DWP, 2016). As divorce in later life has increased, so too has the number of remarriages taking place at ages 60 and over (ONS, 2014). Re-partnership in later life generates new challenges for family relationships, with issues of step grand parenting, inheritance and familial provision of long-term care taking on new resonances.

    To date, there has been relatively little research examining the changing patterns of partnership dissolution and reformation in later life and the potential consequences for older individuals' financial resources and health status and their relationships with their adult children and grandchildren and the implications for policy makers. This PhD therefore has the potential to make a major contribution to the literature by filling this gap.

    The proposed study will use two ESRC investments, the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA) and Understanding Society (USoc). ELSA is a unique and rich resource of information on the health, social, wellbeing and economic circumstances of the English population aged 50 and older. The current sample contains data from six waves of data collection covering a period of eleven years. Although the ELSA has been used extensively to explore the health and financial situation of older people, it has been under-used in the context of partnership formation and dissolution, which is the focus of this project. This analysis will be complemented by analysis of the partnership history data collected in wave 2 of Understanding Society (USoc) and linked to subsequent waves 3-5. A longer historical perspective will also be provided by analysis of the BHPS, again linked to wave 2 of USoc for the continuing participants of the BHPS (Knies, 2015).


    Skills required:

    In line with the ESRC's training requirements for DTP studentships, the PhD student will be expected to have completed the core training requirement through a postgraduate taught degree in social statistics or a social sciences discipline including a significant component of research methods. There will be the opportunity during the PhD for the successful applicant to undertake further training in advanced quantitative methods, such as event history analysis and sequence analysis.


    Potential supervisors:

    Professor Maria Evandrou, Professor Jane Falkingham and Dr Athina Vlachantoni.


    Applications:

    Applicants must also have completed a University of Southampton online application form for the appropriate PhD Programme prior to the submission of the DTP Studentship application form. Please note the CLOSING DATE is 25th June 2018. The details for the application process can be found here


    Funding Notes:

    This award is a +3 PhD studentship (3 years funding). Studentships awarded by the Southampton ESRC-DTP cover programme fees and an annual Maintenance Grant.

    Southampton ESRC-DTP studentships also provide access to Research Training Support Grants, funding for Overseas Fieldwork, and additional funding awards for Overseas Institutional Visits, and Internships.

    The PhD Programme of study for this studentship must be commenced in the 2018-9 Academic Year.

    Event Administrator

    Social Sciences

    Location:  Highfield Campus
    Salary:  £24,285 to £28,936
    Full Time Fixed Term (1 Year)
    Closing Date:  Wednesday 20 June 2018
    Interview Date:  To be confirmed
    Reference:  1015018CC

    The ESRC Centre for Population Change at the University of Southampton is recruiting an Event Administrator with highly developed skills in the organisation of events.

    Working under the direction of the Research Manager, the post holder will be responsible for the delivery of a diverse event, conference and seminar programme taking place locally, nationally and internationally. The main duties of this post will be to carry out all tasks related to event planning, coordination and delivery, including financial operations and general administration. 

    You will be highly proficient in providing accurate administrative support and have a track record of success in planning, prioritising and efficiently conducting administrative support processes. You will be able to show that you have experience in delivering events that are on time, in budget and meet their aims. You will be comfortable with budgeting and accurately carrying out financial processing. Experience of Agresso is an advantage. You will have high level organisational skills, proven ability to manage competing tasks under pressure and upmost attention to detail. You will be capable of prioritising your own workload to meet the demands of a busy, fluctuating environment, as well as supporting the work of others to achieve Centre aims. 

    The position is for 12 months. For more information please contact; Teresa McGowan, Research Manager, t.mcgowan@soton.ac.uk.

    Application procedure:

    You should submit your completed online application form at www.jobs.soton.ac.uk. The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Charlene Tyson (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 6803. Please quote reference 1015018CC on all correspondence.

    Further details:

    We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

    Research Fellow

    Social Statistics & Demography

    Location:  Highfield Campus
    Salary:  £29,799 to £36,613
    Full Time Fixed Term (1 x 18 Months and 1 x 27 Months)
    Closing Date:   Saturday 07 July 2018
    Interview Date:   To be confirmed
    Reference:  1020218CC

    ESRC Centre for Population Change

    2 Research Fellows in Family Demography 

    The Centre for Population Change at the University of Southampton is looking to recruit two researchers with interests in family demography and/or quantitative sociology. The project will explore factors associated with partnership formation, union dissolution, and childbearing. 

    One post-doc will work for 18 months under the direction of Dr. Brienna Perelli-Harris, who has been awarded an ESRC Secondary Data Analysis Initiative grant. You will undertake research on relationship quality and partnership transitions by analysing complex survey data from the UK Household Living Survey, and the European Generation and Gender Surveys.

    The other post-doc will be funded for 27 months through the Centre for Population Change and supervised by Prof. Ann Berrington and Dr. Brienna Perelli-Harris. You will use the UK Household Living Survey to study partnership, fertility, housing, and labour market transitions across the lifecourse. 

    You will have a PhD* or equivalent in a quantitative social science and experience with advanced quantitative methods, excellent knowledge and solid practical experience in the use of STATA or a similar software program and good written and oral communication skills. Prior experience with analysing the UK Household Living Survey is desirable. 

    *Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification.  The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD.  Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

    The position is tenable from 1 September 2018.

    Informal inquiries may be made via email to Dr. Brienna Perelli-Harris B.G.Perelli-Harris@southampton.ac.uk or Prof Ann Berrington a.berrington@soton.ac.uk or telephone: +44 (0)23 8059 7180/ +44 (0)23 80 594549.

    Application procedure:

    You should submit your completed online application form at www.jobs.soton.ac.uk. The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Charlene Tyson (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 6803. Please quote reference 1020218CC on all correspondence.

    Further details:
    We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.