About this project
Applications are invited for undertaking research for a PhD research project entitled ‘Place, Death and Inequalities’. This project seeks to map the uneven geographical inequalities of deaths, bereavement and new topographies of deathscapes that emerged during the COVID-19 pandemic with particular attention to intersectionality.
The lead PhD project supervisor will be Dr Elsbeth Robson, Reader in Human Geography in the Department of Geography, Geology and Environment at the University of Hull.
Within the scope of this project the successful applicant will address the following research questions:
- How can uneven spatial distributions of COVID-19 deaths during the pandemic (by country, region, urban/rural etc) be explained?
- Do the unequal social dimensions of COVID-19 deaths (by gender, ethnicity, age etc) reflect new or existing socio-economic cleavages?
- How does intersectionality help illuminate hotspots of death, grief and bereavement?
- In what ways can geographical insights into the nuanced time-space topographies of COVID-19 deathscapes be used to mitigate loss in this and future pandemics?
With respect to research methods, this will be further developed by the successful doctoral candidate in partnership with their supervisors, but it is envisaged that a mixed methods approach using publically-available demographic big data (sources: ONS, WHO, JHU etc), statistical analysis, GIS mapping and interviews will be followed. Special attention will be given to impacts on vulnerable groups including children, the elderly and members of BAME communities.
Please include your suggestions for developing the project as part of your application.
The successful candidate will be based in the Department of Geography, Geology and Environment at the University of Hull.
For informal enquiries, please contact Dr Elsbeth Robson or Professor Andy Jonas.
About the 'Living with Death – Learning from COVID’ research cluster
Since spring 2020 the UK has experienced unprecedented waves of premature deaths with the COVID-19 pandemic. Dying has been taking place under circumstances far from ‘normal’. Modes of remembrance associated with a ‘good death’ have been impeded by public health measures. More than 17 months of infection control restrictions and limited funeral arrangements are associated with many emergent – but largely un-researched – socio-economic consequences including for mental health and well-being (e.g. complicated grief, post-traumatic stress) for health, social care and death professionals, bereaved relatives, friends and co-workers.
This multi-disciplinary research cluster programme with five PhD projects will investigate, identify, understand and suggest mitigations for the unintended medium-longer term consequences of socially distanced death. In collaborating across social sciences, health and humanities the cluster will engage with and evaluate approaches (e.g. funeral practices, story telling) to alleviating the intense suffering, grief and bereavement of COVID-19.
The ‘Living with Death – Learning from COVID’ research cluster is led by PI Dr Elsbeth Robson, Reader in Human Geography.
Click here to watch a recording of our recent webinar about this funded postgraduate research opportunity. You'll hear from programme leaders, supervisors, and students and listen to queries from other applicants in the Q&A.
Other PhDs in this cluster
Dealing with Socially Distanced Death on the Frontline
Digital Dimensions of COVID-19 Death Across Communities
Language in Corona Times