Funded PhD scholarship at Univ of Greenwich, London UK

Vanessa Taylor's picture
September 30, 2019 to October 15, 2019
United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
Black History / Studies, British History / Studies, Immigration & Migration History / Studies, Social History / Studies, Sociology

MPhil/PhD Scholarship: ‘Immigration, Ethnicity and the Material Cultures of Home Life in Post-war Britain’

at School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Greenwich, London UK

Further details below and here:


This scholarship provides an opportunity to explore the roles of immigration and ethnicity in changing cultures of home life in Britain from 1948 to the 1980s. Scholars have started to explore the role of class, gender and region that contributed to different household practices in the twentieth century. But what difference did ethnicity, race or nationality make? This study focuses on the post-war years of mass migration from the ‘New Commonwealth’.

The successful candidate can develop the project in her/his own direction, but some questions to address include:

  • How did first- and second-generation migrants experience British domestic environments?
  • How were their domestic cultures affected by social policies and racism in housing?
  • Can diverse practices in British homes today tell us about how domestic patterns are transformed or persist over time?

The candidate will undertake archival research across a range of sources, as well as oral history, and engage with historical/other scholarship in fields such as migration and race relations, material culture and consumption.

The candidate will be encouraged to:

  • Highlight relevant archives through blogs;
  • Develop a scholarly profile through academic presentations;
  • Organise a workshop involving scholars and third sector groups;
  • Draft a peer-reviewed journal submission;
  • Gain teaching experience.

The supervisory team includes Dr Vanessa Taylor, Dr Sara Pennell and Prof Tracey Reynolds.

For additional information about the scholarship please go to:

Please read this information before making an application. Applications need to be made online via No other form of application will be considered.

All applications must include the following information.  Applications not containing these documents will not be considered.

  • Scholarship Reference Number (Ref) – included in the personal statement section together with your personal statement as to why you are applying
  • a research proposal *
  • a CV including 2 referees *
  • academic qualification certificates/transcripts and IELTs/English Language certificate if you are an international applicant or if English is not your first language or you are from a country where English is not the majority spoken language as defined by the UK Border Agency *

*upload to the qualification section of the application form. Attachments need to be in PDF format.

The closing date for applications is midnight (UTC) on 15 October 2019.

The scholarship must commence in November 2019.

Contact Info: 

Dr Vanessa Taylor | Senior Lecturer in Environmental History

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Univ. of Greenwich, King William Court, Old Royal Naval College, Park Row, London SE10 9LS