David Manley

Areas of application

  • Urban geography, especially urban inequalities.
  • Integration of the life course into static models.
  • Segregation, especially multiple approaches to measuring and analysing.

Methodological interests

  • Spatial statistics
  • Spatial regression modelling
  • Spatial econometrics
  • Multilevel modelling

Example PhD topics

  • Urban segregation (economic, social, cultural and ethnic).
  • Understanding neighbourhood effects.
  • Incorporating the life course into contextual studies.

Productive Margins: Regulating for Engagement (Mobilising Neighbourhoods Theme)

AQM PhD Proposal

This PhD proposal fits within a broader framework of research that has been funded by the ESRC under the title of "Productive Margins: Regulation for engagement" (see the Case for Support). This Productive Margins programme is concerned with understanding what happens when disenfranchised communities are brought centre stage. Frequently the neighbourhood and locality in which an individual (or individuals) live has been viewed as a barrier to successful engagement. However, we actually know very little about how individuals interact with their neighbourhood environments and very little about how these environments shape their lives. What understanding we do have frequently relies heavily on literature and case studies derived from the United States of America. The work proposed here will go some way to start addressing this imbalance; it will aim to use quantitative techniques and analysis of existing datasets to explore the neighbourhood (and other) linkages that (dis)enable individuals considered to be living on the margins. Depending on the interests of the successful applicant, there are a number of forms that this project could take and questions that could be investigated. For instance, issues around the size, density and direction of social networks; the role of neighbourhood context in shaping how communities perceive the possibilities for engagement; the trajectory of individual outcomes and engagements based on different contextual environments.

Candidates need to have a strong background in quantitative techniques and an interest in exploring the linkages between the contexts in which marginalised individuals move and the outcomes that can be shaped by these spaces. The successful candidate will be expected to shape the vision of the PhD within the broad context of the Productive Margins programme. This studentship, along with two other studentships attached to the programme, will be located within the Productive Margins programme research team and will have many opportunities to engage with the other members of the team as well as within the wider AQM research framework.

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