PhD Research Studentships - Glasgow Caledonian University


University PhD Research Studentship

Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health

Reference Number: S2015GSBS006

Studentship Project Title: The impacts of community land ownership on the community landowners

Applications are invited for a full-time PhD research studentship at Glasgow Caledonian University within the Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health. The studentship is for a period of three years, subject to satisfactory progress and provides payment of tuition fees at the UK/EU rate plus an annual stipend of

£14,800 [please note that students from outside the EU are required to pay the difference between

International and EU fees, currently this would amount to £7,100 per annum]. The successful candidate will carry out up to 6 hours of academic-related work per week as part of their research training.

Research Discipline

Social policy

Research Theme

Social justice, social business and public health

Research Project Summary

Recent policy developments in the UK and Scottish government have championed the increased involvement of communities in taking control of their own local services and assets. Community land ownership is one way in which these policies are being taken up in rural communities and is being lauded as the positive step forward in democratising land ownership, devolving power to the community level and positively benefitting health and wellbeing within communities.

The aim of this study is to critically consider the impact of the common ownership of land on different community members. Through the consideration of the subjective attitudes of a land-owning community, as well as the assessment of power dynamics in rural Scotland, an understanding will be developed of the relative impacts of community Vs private land ownership, the processes which have led to them, and the ways in which these may be considered in health terms. The candidate should ideally have knowledge of rural development policy and practice, community enterprise and ‘upstream’ health initiatives.

This project will add significantly to the evidence base surrounding community land ownership and its potential as a rural development strategy. It is anticipated that research outputs will take a critical look at the impacts of this policy on communities via the use of qualitative methods and particular approaches such as Q Methodology.

Supervisory Team

Prof Cam Donaldson

Dr Artur Steiner

Dr Neil McHugh

Staff Contact

Prof Cam Donaldson

How to Apply

Applicants should complete the University Research Application Form, available from:


Please send the form, stating the studentship project title and reference number, with a CV, copies of academic qualifications, references, and any other required documentation to:

The closing date for applications is 18-Dec-15