PhD Studentship: Promoting Social Cohesion and Wellbeing through Community Creative Projects, UK

Job Description: The research will investigate the benefits afforded by different creative community projects (e.g. those based on arts, crafts, music and environment) for the long term social cohesion and well being of communities, through studying a representative range of projects from the West Midlands. At least one of the chosen arts projects will benefit from existing arrangements for promoting participatory work and other parallel supportive factors like life coaching.

By adopting a qualitative and participatory approach, the study will lead to an understanding of the mechanisms and processes that contribute to the social benefits of community projects, and the development of a methodology through which these benefits can be evaluated. One outcome of the project will be an evidence-based ‘tool kit’ that can be used by other organisations wishing to promote sustainable social cohesion through creative community projects.

The successful candidate will be based at Coventry University, but will spend part of her/his time working with Imagineer Productions and participating in a small number of community projects. A programme of appropriate postgraduate training courses will be provided by the university, and the student will benefit from Imagineer’s extensive experience of managing community projects.
Candidate specification

The ideal candidate will have a good first degree (at least 2:1) in a relevant subject area (e.g. Geography, Art and Design, Sociology, Cultural/Media Studies) and have completed an ESRC recognised Masters programme.

Exceptionally, the award can be offered to students who can demonstrate that their existing experience and training is equivalent to that set out in the ERSC Postgraduate Training Guidelines.

Candidates invited for Interview will be required to undertake a Presentation on aspects of the proposed study

For informal enquiries please contact Dr Philip Dunham: [email protected] Tel: 02476 888801.

How to apply

Please submit an application form , a research proposal (approx 2000 words) in your intended area of study, a detailed CV, two references (one of which must be academic) and a covering letter to [email protected]

Closing Date: 21 Jun 2010

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