SCDTP Studentship in Adolescent and young adult life in the UK
University of Southampton Social Statistics & Demography
United Kingdom

SCDTP Studentship - Adolescent and young adult life in the UK: exploring the use of technology and social media on well-being and relationships



Social Statistics & Demography

Location:  Highfield Campus

Salary:   £15009

(19/20 UKRI rate)

Closing Date:  Tuesday 18 June 2019

Reference:  1078018CC



Adolescent and young adult life in the UK: exploring the use of technology and social media on well-being and relationships


A fully funded studentship awarded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership (SCDTP) commencing in 2019/20 Academic Year.


Supervisory Team:


Dr Brienna Perelli-Harris (, Dr Agnese Vitali, Dr Ann Berrington


As on-line technology has spread, concerns have increased about its influence on relationships and well-being, especially among young people. Using the UK Household Longitudinal Survey, this PhD project will employ Advanced Quantitative Methods to examine how technology and social media use is associated with the development of close and intimate relationships, future family intentions, employment and well-being in adulthood. UKHLS started in 2009-11 and followed all household respondents over the next 6 years. The project will draw upon the underutilized youth survey (ages 10-15) and young adult survey (16-21), and potentially contextual-level data reflecting the diffusion of social media.


Skills Required


Advanced Quantitative Methods, such as event history, fixed-effects models, or other longitudinal and causal analysis methods. These could be learned in the MSc in Demography or Social Research Methods, prior to coming to Southampton, or during the PhD. 




South Coast DTP Funding provides an annual maintenance grant (tax free) of £15,009 (2019/20 UKRI rate), plus payment of all programme fees.  Other funding available for SCDTP funded students can be found on the SCDTP website (


Funding is provided for 3 years full-time PhD study (pro-rata for part-time students).  Applications for 1+3 funding for students completing a Master's year prior to the commencement of PhD study are also welcome (details available at


Application Procedure


The closing date and time for applications is 4.00pm on 18th June 2019.  The full application procedure, the funding application form, and more information on the South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership can be found at:


For further information about this project, please contact the lead supervisor detailed above.  For questions relating to the application procedure, or for more information about the SCDTP, please visit the SCDTP website or contact us at

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