Postgraduate Research Opportunties at SHUSU

Sustainable Housing
& Urban Studies Unit

Research degree opportunities (Mphil/PhD)

The work of the Sustainable Housing and Urban Studies Unit (SHUSU) navigates through complex issues in the built and human environment and aims to address societal issues and provide an evidence base for effective policy making at the local, regional, UK and European levels.

As applied social scientists we bring a wealth of expertise and provide research and consultancy services in the broad areas of:

  • Inclusive Places – benefiting communities through work on social inclusion, social justice, migration, and regeneration. This includes approaches that involve residents in designing and carrying out research.
  • Sustainable Living – designing and implementing innovative ways to promote and facilitate low carbon living, including retrofitting the built environment and making connections with the wider social dimensions of sustainability such as fuel poverty, food access, transport and health.

Our current and previous research students work with us within these themes to develop our work. Topics such as place identity in the context of ‘disruptive places’, neighbourhood planning, migration into the UK and sustainable food have all been developed within SHUSU.

We are now looking to work with a new generation of committed applied social scientists to explore topics within these themes. We welcome applications for PhDs in a variety of areas including (but not limited to):

  • Engaging with marginalised individuals and communities
  • Migration and integration
  • Welfare conditionality
  • The inclusion of Gypsies, Roma and Travellers in the UK and/or international contexts
  • Understanding the dynamics of people living complex lives (i.e. financial exclusion, homelessness, mental health issues, and drug and alcohol issues)
  • Urban food issues including growing, education and access
  • Sustainable transport
  • Understanding and shaping occupant behaviour in respect of energy efficiency

SHUSU offers an exciting environment to study for a research degree on a full or part-time basis. Our success in postgraduate research is due to:

  • Quality research supervision by supportive supervisory teams
  • Direct links to industry, policy and practice
  • Access to multi-disciplinary supervisory teams
  • Access to research training

For further details, or to discuss your application, please contact:

Prof. Philip Brown
Sustainable Housing & Urban Studies Unit (SHUSU)
University of Salford,
Salford M5 4WT
t: +44 (0) 161 295 3647