Postgraduate research

Postgraduate research

A PhD in CRESR is a unique experience. PhD candidates are treated as integral members of the CRESR team, located directly alongside staff in the Centre. PhD researchers benefit from and contribute to a thriving, collegiate research environment. CRESR has a strong commitment to rigorous, applied policy research which provides a particularly enriching research environment for postgraduate scholars.

CRESR has a highly successful PhD programme and a thriving research environment. A high proportion of our students go on to develop leading research careers. Recent graduates have established research careers in institutions such as the Universities of Cardiff, Liverpool, Newcastle, Nottingham, Sheffield, St. Andrews and Stuttgart, as well as senior positions in organisations such as Crisis, NHS Research and IpsosMORI.

We support excellent doctoral research across each of the centre's key areas of expertise

Our staff and students represent a broad range of disciplinary interests, including geography, economics, sociology, politics, policy studies, planning and evaluation. We are also methodologically diverse, with specialisms in qualitative analysis, ethnographic methods, econometrics, spatial analysis and mixed-method research designs.

Our PhD programme is overseen by postgraduate tutor Sadie Parr, and there are currently 21 PhD students at CRESR studying a diverse range of topics. There are a range of ways in which we actively support our students.

Get in touch

For further information please contact Sadie Parr at or call 0114 225 2904.