[Air-L] MA/PhD opportunities in Sociology @ Essex

Anderson, Ben benander at essex.ac.uk
Tue Feb 22 05:25:21 PST 2011

As part of our new UK Economic and Social Research Council Doctoral Training Centre we have a number of MA/MSc/Phd scholarships available for study across the social sciences at the University of Essex. In Sociology we're offering a number of training pathways including:

	• Sociological Research
	• Survey Methodology
	• Longitudinal Social Research

which include supervision in (amongst others)

	• Economic sociology
	• Science in society
	• Survey methodology 

We would welcome applications from students interested in studying most aspects of socio-technical change through these pathways and approaches. 

We would especially welcome students interested in making use of:
	• 'Understanding Society', the new UK 40,000-strong household longitudinal study (http://www.understandingsociety.org.uk/) and it's predecessor the British Household Panel Survey (http://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/survey/bhps). Together these datasets provide a unique longitudinal resource tracking the socio-ecomic circumstances and, more latterly, new media use of UK citizens over the last 20 years. Both of these surveys are/were lead by our colleagues at Essex's renowned Institute for Social and Economic Research (http://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/) to which our students have everyday access.
	• two unique telephone call record datasets from the late 1990s collected by BT plc and licensed to the University of Essex for research purposes. The first contains records of all outgoing calls made by a sample of 100,000 households across the UK in each of October and March in 1995, 1996, 1997 and 1998. The second contains all outgoing and incoming calls made or received by a sample of c 400 households in 1998-2001 who were recruited to a 3 year longitudinal household panel survey which included detailed media use and a week-long time-use diary (survey data available at http://www.esds.ac.uk/findingData/snDescription.asp?sn=4607).

For more info on available studentships and how to apply see http://www.essex.ac.uk/sociology/news_and_seminars/newsEvent.aspx?e_id=2852

Anyone wishing for more information on the call record datasets can contact me directly but please note that we do _not_ normally license their usage outside the University.

Ben Anderson

Sociology @ Essex

Centre for Research in Economic Sociology and Innovation

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