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					Opportunities for PhD Study in Work and Employment

We welcome proposals for PhD study on the topics of Work and
Employment in the CCSR. General areas of interest include:
   • Cross-national and National Labour Market Research
   • Gender and Employment
   • Structural Equation Modelling
These are general themes of interest though they cover a broad range
of topics including: the impact of globalisation on national employment
structures, divisions of paid and unpaid work in the home, labour
market transitions, earnings inequalities between socio-demographic
groups, and the quality of working life. PhD candidate’s own suggested
topics in any of these over-lapping areas will be considered.

Cross-national and national labour market research

We seek PhD students interested in conducting statistical analysis of
labour market dynamics in both the UK and in Europe more broadly. We
have considerable expertise in using a broad range of datasets and a
wide variety of statistical techniques. Examples of previous research in
this area includes: Assessments of whether temporary jobs are dead-
end jobs; as well as work that looks at the health implications of
temporary employment.

General enquiries may be directed         to   Dr.   Vanessa   Gash   at

Our publications in this area include:
Gash, V. (2008) “Bridge or trap? To what extent do temporary workers
  make more transitions to unemployment than to the standard
  employment contract”. European Sociological Review. December
  2008, vol. 24, issue 5. 651-668.
Gash, V., Mertens, A. and Romeu-Gordo, L. (2007) "Are Fixed-Term
  Jobs Bad for your Health? A Comparison of Spain and Germany",
  European Societies. July 2007, vol. 9, issue 3, pp. 429-458.

Gender and Employment

We welcome PhD proposals on the topic of gender and employment.
Topics of ongoing interest include gender equity in employment and
work-life balance issues. Our previous research in this area has asked
whether women work part-time due to their weak work-orientation and
whether countries differ in their support for maternal employment.

General enquiries may be directed to           Dr.   Vanessa    Gash   at as well as

Our publications in this area include:

Gash, V. (forthcoming) “Sacrificing their Careers for their Families? An
  Analysis of the Family Pay Penalty in Europe”, Social Indicators
  Research – Special Issue on ‘Comparing Work-life Conflict in Europe:
  Evidence from the European Social Survey’, 2009.

Gash, V (2008) “Constraints or Preferences? Identifying Answers from
  Part-time Workers’ Transitions in Denmark, France and the United-
  Kingdom”, Work, Employment and Society. December 2008, Volume
  22, No. 4, pp. 655-674.

Structural Equation Modelling

We are interested in PhD research or post-doctoral candidates working
on structural models which have multiple regression equations. One
can combine an equation representing attitudes to the hours worked
per week with a wage regression. Another common scenario is to
model childcare uptake and wage labour participation, and this might be
a two-equation probit model. Structural equation modelling uses new
software such as MPlus and the generalised linear modelling framework
in STATA. Good software skills are essential and a multidisciplinary
orientation is useful.

General enquiries may be directed         to   Dr.   Wendy     Olsen   at:

Key References
Fuller, B., G. Caspary, et al. (2002). "Does maternal employment
 influence poor children's social development?" Early Childhood
 Research Quarterly 17(4): 470-497.

Walthery, Pierre (2007), CCSR Working Paper 2007-07: Preferences
 vs Constraints Revisited: Multilevel Modelling of Women's Working
 Time Preferences in England and Scotland. URL:, accessed
 Dec. 2008.

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