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Violence and Society

Violence and Society Centre

Towards Zero Violence

Violence wrecks lives and causes immense suffering and death. Violence is not inevitable, but shaped by society. The Centre aims to produce the evidence to build the theory needed to inform policy, politics and practice to move towards zero violence.

The Violence and Society Centre is interdisciplinary and international. It engages across the Social Sciences, including Sociology and Politics, and Law and Health.

The Centre will hold research grants, supervise PhDs, run seminars and conferences, and develop educational programmes.

The major themes are:

  1. Theory and concepts: What is violence: developing the concepts and theories to explain the increase, decrease and variation in violence
  2. Measurement: Current measurement practices hide some forms of violence, especially against women: developing a new measurement framework and methods to remedy this.
  3. Types of violence: Different types of violence and coercion, including trafficking in human beings, violent crime, domestic violence and rape. Gender is mainstreamed rather than treated in isolation.
  4. Policy and interventions: Analysing what works to reduce violence through policy fields including: criminal justice; civil justice; security; health; and gender equality. International: engaging with the European Union, Council of Europe and UN, as well as the UK.
  5. Change: What future of violence, including macro-socio-historical trends; the impact of the economic crisis; and situational crime analysis. What might it mean to move towards ‘zero violence’?

Opportunities with us

Postgraduate Research Opportunities and Funding

SeNSS Student-led Competition

Closing dates: 18th December 2020 and 4th January 2021

Please view our projects page to get an idea of the activities we engage in.

Applicants are recommended to apply for one of the PhD studentships that are offered by the ESRC-funded South-east Network for Social Science (SeNSS) doctoral training partnership (to be held in the Violence and Society Centre and Department of Sociology). For further information on SeNSS studentships please see the SeNSS Studentships website.

Information on applications to the Sociology Department can be found on our Sociology (including Criminology, and Media and Communication) PhD course page.

What is offered

A SenSS studentship will provide:

  • An annual bursary at the prevailing ESRC rate (£17,285 in 2020/21)
  • A full tuition-fee waiver for home students. Applications from overseas applicants are welcome, but the applicant must make appropriate arrangements to cover the difference between the overseas and UK tuition fee.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must have achieved at least 7.0 in IELTS or a recognised equivalent
  • Applicants must not be currently registered as a doctoral student at City, University of London, or any other academic institution
How to apply

There is a two-stage application.

First, please send to violenceandsociety@city.ac.uk

  • CV.  Include undergraduate/postgraduate grades and contact details (postal address, email, mobile number)
  • An example of your written work (an article, dissertation or long essay) (in English)
  • A project proposal (c. 1,000 words), including: title, abstract, research question, literature review, research design and methodology, proposed academic and practical impact, references.

There are two dates on which these applications will be reviewed; on 18th December 2020 and on 4th January 2020.

Second, successful applicants will then be invited to apply to the Sociology Department , which has a deadline of 18th January 2021.

SeNSS Collaborative Competition with Women’s Aid

The Violence and Society Centre – in conjunction with the Department of Sociology at City, University of London – is offering a fully funded PhD studentship.

  • Project: Patterns of victim-survivor utilisation of domestic violence support services
  • Deadline for application to City: 18th January
  • Deadline for application to SeNSS: 1st March 2021
  • Supervisor: Prof. Sylvia Walby

The studentship offers the opportunity to join a research collaboration between the University and Women’s Aid Federation of England and invaluable experience working at the intersection between policy-relevant academic research and support services in the domestic violence sector.

The research explores patterns of utilisation of services for women experiencing domestic violence and the most effective configuration of domestic violence support services. This studentship would suit someone with an interest in pursuing a career in data analysis concerning violence and society, especially domestic violence and abuse, either in academia or in the third sector.

How to apply for the SeNSS collaborative studentship 2021/22

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For any enquiries, please contact violenceandsociety@city.ac.uk