SCDTP Studentship in Risk and Resilience in the Transition to Adulthood
University of Southampton Social Statistics & Demography
United Kingdom

SCDTP Studentship - Risk and Resilience in the Transition to Adulthood: Risky trajectories but positive mental health outcomes among the UK Millennium Cohort



Social Statistics & Demography

Location:  Highfield Campus

Salary:   £15009

(19/20 UKRI rate)

Closing Date:  Tuesday 18 June 2019

Reference:  1080218CC



Risk and Resilience in the Transition to Adulthood: Risky trajectories but positive mental health outcomes among the UK Millennium Cohort


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:


Ann Berrington ( and Heini Väisänen with stakeholder advisory input (TBC) from Rob Carroll, Sexual Health, Hampshire County Council and Debbie Chase, Consultant in Public Health Southampton City Council, specialising in teenager’s wellbeing.


Transitions to adulthood have become increasingly unstandardized, delayed and risky and widening inequalities in successful trajectories exist. This PhD explores inequalities in teenagers’ childhood family experiences how these relate to mental health. The project focuses on (1) studying how risk events are interrelated and accumulate resulting in poor mental health outcomes; (2) exploring the key socio-demographic characteristics associated with resilience; and (3) taking a novel linked lives approach in assessing how relationships with significant others can protect against the risk factors of poor mental health. The project uses the Millennium Cohort Study with data soon available up to age 17-18.


Skills Required


Masters in quantitative research methods; Ability to handle large and complex datasets; As part of the PhD the student will gain an understanding of structural equation modelling and propensity score matching.




South Coast DTP Funding provides an annual maintenance grant (tax free) of £15009 (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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