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LISS-DTP CASE Studentship: What does the 21st Century Settlement look like?

Are you interested in the Settlement Movement in England? Dr Juan Baeza has been awarded a LISS-DTP CASE Studentship to research Pembroke House, one of the few surviving residence-based settlements.  

Project Title

What does the 21st Century Settlement look like? The case of Pembroke House.

Academic LeadDr Juan Baeza

Studentship details

Either +3 (PhD only) or 1+3 (Master’s + PhD) format. Applicants for the +3 format must have the necessary core research methods training.  For 1+3 format, the required Master’s programme is the MSc Public Policy & Management OR  MSc Medicine, Health & Public Policy OR MPH/MSc Public Health. Covers fees and provides an annual stipend.

Students applying for CASE studentships must meet the ESRC eligibility guidelines in terms of UK/EU residency status and academic qualifications, specifically core social science research methods training that must already have been undertaken (for +3 awards) or will be undertaken at Masters level (for 1+3 awards).  Please check these guidelines, particularly those for residency, before making an application.

 Project Summary

The Settlement Movement in England began in the early 1880s providing neighbourhood services such as education, training, home medicine and recreational activities. Pembroke House is one of the few surviving residence-based settlements that was founded over 130 years ago (https://pembrokehouse.org.uk/about-pembroke-house/). During the 20th century many of the welfare services that settlements provided became municipalised. Most of those that continued lost their feature of ‘residence’, however, Pembroke House, still retains residence as a central feature and provides accommodation to six residents, the PhD student will become one of these. Today, Pembroke House is a hub for many community activities and also acts as an honest broker that brings various organisations and agencies together to develop innovative community initiatives. With an increasingly pluralist social welfare landscape consisting of state, charity, social enterprise, not for profit and private sectors there is a need for this type of organisation that brings disparate organisations together to do social good and to investigate what role Pembroke House could play today. This proposal will investigate how the settlement concept fits into the 21st century, by investigating the following:

  1. How does the settlement interact with other organisations and agencies?
  2. How does leadership work in a settlement?
  3. How can a settlement work as an honest broker?
  4. What does the settlement concept offer to a local neighbourhood?
  5. How is the settlement perceived by the local community, both users and non- users?
  6. How can a settlement be sustainable?
  7. What is the appropriate size for a settlement?
  8. Which geographical contexts are appropriate for this type of community organisation?
  9. What role does the concept of ‘residency’ provide?

An integral aspect of this research is that the student will be imbedded in the research space by living within Pembroke House as a resident and become an integral member of the Pembroke House team. This provides the perfect context for the student to carry out an ethnographic study and “tell the story of Pembroke House”. The single case study approach will allow the researcher to build a rich and in-depth narrative of the work of Pembroke House.

Minimum Entry Requirements:

Academic Requirements

  • Master's degree with a Merit is desirable
  • Bachelor's degree with 2:1 in a relevant subject.

(Please see International equivalents here)

English Language requirements

How to Apply

Please contact Dr Juan Baeza (juan.baeza@kcl.ac.uk) with the following by the deadline:

  • Cover letter stating:
    • why you interested in undertaking the project, stating
    • what relevant existing skills, training and knowledge you would bring to the project;
    • Any ideas or proposals you have for developing/executing the specified project.
  • Your transcripts
  • 2 references (at least one academic reference)
  • Application Form

Deadline – 10 February 2020

If selected for interview, applicants will be asked to complete a King’s Application.

For further information, please contact Dr Juan Baeza directly. 

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