PhD opportunity: Impact of long-term private renting on families and children

The UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE) and the Urban Big Data Centre (UBDC) at the University of Glasgow has an exciting new PhD opportunity. The research will explore the impacts on families and children of living in long-term private renting.

The project will tackle an issue of great and growing contemporary relevance. Popular coverage has highlighted the plight of ‘generation rent’ – a group of younger people who stay longer in the private rented sector (PRS) than previous generations, trapped by restricted access to homeownership, precarious work and incomes, and dwindling social rented housing. However, the growing PRS is now a longer-term home for many families with children, around a quarter of the total. Private Renting in the UK is often poorly maintained, damp and difficult to heat. It is also the most insecure of the tenure types where many tenants can be asked to leave at short notice. Living in the private rented sector for the long term may have significant implications for families and children. The current uncertainties and predicted economic fall out from the COVID-19 suggest that these issues are likely to deepen rather than be resolved.

This fully-funded PhD would explore these issues in detail using large-scale UK cohort studies to understand the links between housing and well-being for this vulnerable group. The PhD is open to applications from outside of the UK.

More details can be found on the University of Glasgow website.

Closing date: 8 May 2020



Date: April 16, 2020 4:32 pm


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