PhD studentship for research investigating employer hiring stratification

Apply for a three-year studentship to work on a project assessing how gender-class inequality predicted by family status is structured at individual, couple and employer levels.

The New Shape of Family-Related Gender Stratification

Despite significant economic, political, and social change over the past fifty years, family status still predicts gender inequalities in employment, earnings, and unpaid work. The research, NEWFAMSTRAT, uses field experiments and advanced statistical analyses of secondary data sets to map how within-gender differences in paid and unpaid work predicted by partnership and parenthood are constructed at the individual, couple, and employer levels in Finland, Germany, and the UK.

The goal of NEWFAMSTRAT is to locate the pockets of progress where equality gains continue to be made, as well as within-gender variation in the barriers to gender equality in employment, earnings, and domestic divisions in different institutional contexts. The insights will inform new theory development, as well as equal opportunity policies and laws.

The project

You will make a vital contribution to the research by conducting field correspondence studies in the UK labour market to assess perceptions of potential employees’ productivity at the intersection of gender, class, and parenthood.

The project requires interpersonal skills for working with employer representatives and student research subjects to develop suitable experimental instruments, project and computer management skills to develop and oversee the online field work, and advanced statistical skills for analysing the gathered data.

The project is interdisciplinary, drawing on economics, management studies, social policy, and sociology. We are interested in hearing from candidates with interests in any of these areas.

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Deadlines

The closing date for the receipt of applications is 12.00 noon (GMT), Thursday 2 February 2017.

Interviews are preliminarily scheduled for late February 2017.