Research Opportunities

Research Fellow in Demographic Estimation and Forecasting

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge?  Do you have a background in demography, spatial analysis or a quantitative social science?

The UK Infrastructure Transitions Research Consortium (ITRC) brings together seven research intensive universities to develop a new generation of infrastructure models to inform the analysis, planning and design of National Infrastructure.  MISTRAL: Multi-scale InfraSTRucture systems AnaLytics, builds on previous success of the ITRC in establishing a National Infrastructure Systems Model (NISMOD).  The aim of MISTRAL is to develop and demonstrate a highly integrated analytics capability to inform strategic infrastructure decision-making across scales, from local to global.  MISTRAL has more than £5 million in funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, as well as the support of 52 industry partners.

You will be responsible for generating synthetic estimates of household composition and demographic attributes and for the future projections of household composition. These projections will be used to explore future household infrastructure demand in different social, economic and policy scenarios.


PhD Opportunities

Data Analytical Approach to Crime Prevention and Resource Allocation

Please note that this opportunity is hosted by our CDT partner – University of Sheffield

This project will explore ways to exploit data resources held by South Yorkshire Police and other agencies and departments to help inform strategic decisions and specific interventions. Drawing on data analytical methods and relevant social theory, the project will explore how linking data from crime, social services and education could help identify vulnerable individuals who need additional support to prevent them becoming victims or perpetrators of crime.

An example might be developing a model that predicts the risk of exclusion from school, which can then be used to target support services and interventions to help avoid exclusion taking place. Another possible avenue to explore will be the developing light touch data linkage options that allow the police and other services to identify when a child is missing from a key database (such as school or health records), which might indicate that the child is at risk of exploitation.

The project will place the student at the cutting-edge of evidence-based approaches to reduce crime and help vulnerable groups. There may also be opportunities to link this research with the troubled families initiative and other schemes that provide resources for intervention.

External Partner: South Yorkshire Police