PhD Researcher in Social Policy (ESRC +3)
Department of Social and Policy Studies, University of Bath
Start date: October 2020
Research topic: Can Community-based Social Protection Interventions Improve the Wellbeing of Asylum Seekers and Refugees in the United Kingdom?
My PhD will investigate the wellbeing of asylum seekers and refugees in the South West of England/Wales and, specifically, how taking part/reciprocity/volunteering in semi-formal and informal social protection interventions impacts their wellbeing positively and negatively. I also plan to investigate the politics and power structures associated with volunteering as an asylum seeker or refugee. My PhD will test a new research method in this field, using peer interviewers to collect data and the Qualitative Impact Protocol (QuIP) evaluation tool to organise and analyse the findings.
Research supervisors: Professor Rachel Forester-Jones, Professor James Copestake