MPhil/PhD Social Work & Social Policy – Studentship



Social Therapeutic and Community Studies


Full Time


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About the Department

Department of Social, Therapeutic and Community Studies (STaCs)

The Department offers an exciting range of pre-qualifying, qualifying and post-qualifying professional programmes across three disciplinary areas: social work, therapeutic studies and community work.

We are proud of our longstanding commitment to addressing issues of social injustice in our teaching and the range of opportunities we offer for work-based learning across London and the Southeast. 

The activities of the Department are underpinned by a vibrant, research culture which uses a range of methodologies to critically analyse policy and practice in our professional disciplines. We believe that, in choosing to study with us, you will greatly benefit from the wealth of experience of our staff and their commitment to ensuring that you will leave us as a reflective, research minded professional. 

Our Research Centres and Units serve as essential clusters for our achievements and research growth. This studentship will add values to those and the selected candidate will be joining this vibrant environment. 

About the Program – PhD Studentship 

Our PhD community is vital to our research environment, and we are seeking to build on this by inviting applications for one studentship for the MPhil/PhD Social Work and Social Policy programme. Research proposals should be aligned to the following descriptor to meet criteria. 

The proposed project’s aim should be in the premises of ongoing experiences of natural and people-made disasters, such as floods, wildfires, viruses, or war. The more recent experiences of COVID-19, the war on Ukrainian soil, the floods in Pakistan, and the political insecurities in Europe are mere examples of the many and manifold disasters the world is seeing often. Other more locally affecting events also add to the list of more recent examples, such as the Grenfell Tower fire in London, UK. The proposed project should focus on natural disasters (but people-made disasters will be considered) and explore 1) how social work responds to those situations, and 2) what gaps social workers and social work organisations experience in knowledge and skills. 

The following research questions may assist with the direction that the submitted research proposals should take. 

What are the current disaster response strategies used by social workers during natural disasters?
What are the challenges social workers face during natural disasters?
What opportunities exist for social workers to improve disaster response efforts?

Project title: Disaster Social Work: A case study of natural disasters 

Lead Supervisor: Dr Panagiotis Pentaris

Location: London, UK

Funding for: UK students, EU students

Funding amount: tuition fees 

Duration: 3 years

Starting date: 1 October 2023

How to apply

Please apply for the MPhil/PhD Social Work and Social Policy in STaCS at Goldsmiths, specifying in the online application system of the University that you wish to be considered for this studentship. You should submit your completed application, a CV, academic transcripts, and a provisional research proposal (1,500 words). More information is available here LINK

Enquiries may be addressed to Dr Panagiotis Pentaris at [email protected]

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