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Message posted on 26/06/2024

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS - PhD position in Social Sciences (Equality Studies; Health and Society) at University College Dublin

Dear Colleagues,

I am writing to ask you to circulate a call for a PhD position with me at University College Dublin. Please see description below and in attachment.

Please feel free to circulate it broadly, and to contact me for further information, expressions of interests or formal enquiries.

Many thanks. Kindest wishes, Ilaria Galasso

A PhD Position in the SFI-IRC Pathway Project “From health (il)literacy to capability: building a dialogue on barriers to health and healthcare in deprived contexts”University College Dublin, Ireland

About the role Applications are sought from candidates interested in pursuing a PhD in Social Sciences (Equality Studies; Health and Society). Candidates will be based on the main University College Dublin campus, Belfield, and will be registered for the doctoral programme within UCD’s College of Business. The programme of research in which the PhD candidate will engage will form part of the SFI-IRC Pathway project ‘From health (il)literacy to capability: building a dialogue on barriers to health and healthcare in deprived contexts’, running title: ‘Deprived Health’.

About ‘Deprived Health’ This multidisciplinary research aims to contribute to the conceptual understanding and the concrete pursuit of social and health equity. It interrogates what socioeconomically deprived migrants and homeless people need in order to achieve equality of opportunities in relation to health, and it aims to illuminate pathways to provide this equality. The project combines philosophical analysis, empirical research and social commitment: grounded in philosophical and public health literature on social and health justice, it engages collaboratively with migrants and homeless people as well as with medical and administrative authorities, in order to better understand with them the barriers to health, and to identify together strategies to mitigate them. Cast as a multi-case study research across three fieldwork sites (Dublin, Genova, and a third site to be defined), it includes a first phase of ethnographic research with socio-economically deprived migrants and homeless people and one-to-one interviews with medical and administrative authorities in the same contexts; and a second phase – the keystone of this research – of mediated joint dialogues between deprived migrants and homeless people and medical and administrative authorities to analyse the emerged barriers and collaboratively codesign possible mitigation strategies.

About the Project The successful candidate will participate in the research fieldwork in Dublin, data analysis and engagement activities, and will lead the fieldwork, data analysis and the engagement activities in the third fieldwork site (which will be collaboratively chosen, depending on the candidate’s cultural and linguistic background). Apart from contributing to the research fieldwork, the PhD student will be involved from the earliest stage of the research in the conceptual development of the project. Throughout the duration of the project, the successful candidate will be provided with training and networking activities, which will culminate with the composition and the defence of an original PhD dissertation. The successful candidate will have latitude to shape their own PhD work within the overall remit of the project.

About University College Dublin and UCD Smurfit School of Business: University College Dublin is one of Europe's leading research-intensive universities. It is Ireland's largest and most diverse university with over 37,000 students, drawn from approximately 152 countries. It actively promotes university life as a journey of intellectual and personal discovery through its highly innovative and flexible UCD Horizons undergraduate curriculum and is the most popular destination for Irish school-leavers. UCD is Ireland's leader in graduate education with over 10,000 graduate students, with almost a quarter being graduate research students. It is home to over 10,000 international students and delivers degrees to over 5,000 students on overseas campuses. UCD College of Business is Ireland’s leading business school and research centre. One of the keystones of the School’s reputation as one of the world’s leading business schools is the quality and expertise of our faculty and their research. We are the only business school in Ireland to hold the triple crown of accreditation from AACSB (US), EQUIS (Europe) and AMBA (UK). We are also the only Irish member of CEMS and GNAM, global alliances of leading business schools and multinational companies. Our core values of the School are excellence in research and teaching, collegiality within the university, and willingness to change and encourage diversity. The School is committed to continuous improvement and increasing aspirations in regard to teaching and knowledge creation and dissemination, particularly in the areas of business and society. Healthcare is an important focal point of several of the College’s leading researchers. Collaboration with stakeholders in and outside the University is a central aspect of our strategy in enhancing our international reputation and reach.

Eligibility Criteria: • First Class Honours Master’s Degree in a discipline relevant to the project: social sciences, ethical-political philosophy, bioethics, sociology, anthropology, public health, equality studies, migration studies, or in any related discipline. • Ideally, applicants will have some experience in working or interacting with migrants, homeless people, or other socioeconomically deprived people; essentially, they will be willing and highly motivated to work with migrants and homeless people, and will be passionate and committed to promoting social justice and equity. • Previous experience in or exposure to qualitative or participative research methods is desirable. • A willingness to be part of a multidisciplinary research project. • Keen interest in the health sector and / or social justice issues. • Applicants must provide evidence of adequate competence in the English language.

Stipend: In alignment with the IUA salary scales, the PhD will be paid a tax-free stipend of €22,000 per annum and receive full fees remission to the value of €5,750 for a maximum duration of up to four years or until the project closes on 31st August 2028. This project has received funding from the SFI-IRC Pathway Programme (Project ID: 22/PATH-A/10633).

Application Process: To apply please send the following documents, by indicating “PhD application” in the subject, to :

  • Cover letter confirming your eligibility for this position
  • CV including transcripts or certified grade point averages of past education
  • A statement (2 pages) on how your interests and expertise align with this project
  • An example of your written academic work, eg. a minor or major research thesis or paper.

Application deadline is 15 July 2024. Interviews will be held around the end of July via Zoom.

The successful candidate will start on 1st September 2024 or shortly thereafter. Informal enquiries about this position may be made to

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