Exploring the History of New Earswick

The School for Business and Society is delighted to offer this postgraduate research studentship opportunity

  • Funding: A yearly stipend of £19,237 (in line with current UKRI rates) and fee waiver at home student fee rates for three years
  • Academic year: 2024/25
  • Open to: UK (home) students
  • Qualification level: Postgraduate research
Applications for 2024/25 are closed.

The School for Business and Society was formed in 2022 through a merger between The York Management School and the Department of Social Policy and Social Work. Our research is cross-disciplinary and draws together activities that other universities normally locate in separate Business Schools and Schools of Public Policy. Reflecting York’s long-standing strengths in both of these areas we are the largest organisational unit at the University, and we are at the forefront of the University's mission to be a University for public good.

As part of our investment in the next generation of academic researchers, we are pleased to offer this PhD Project studentship. The successful candidate will join a large and diverse postgraduate research community in the School for Business and Society.


Open to UK (home) students only.

If you are offered the scholarship you must then apply for a place on the PhD in Management or PhD in Social Policy and Social Work (full-time and campus-based) and must take up that place in order to qualify for and accept the scholarship.

This scholarship is not available for part-time or distance learning routes.

You cannot apply for this scholarship if you are already registered on a PhD programme at the University of York.

How to apply

Application deadline: Friday 31 May 2024, 5pm BST

Please send your academic CV, degree transcripts/certificates, two academic references, and a covering letter by email to sbs-phd@york.ac.uk.

The covering letter should explain your suitability for the PhD Project with reference to your academic background and interests. Please ensure that your email and covering letter clearly indicate the PhD Project to which you are applying. The deadline for receipt of applications is 17:00 (UK time) on Friday 31 May 2024. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

If you are shortlisted for the post you will be called for an interview via zoom in the week commencing 10 June 2024.

How we allocate

The studentship would suit a social historian, human geographer or someone working in related fields with a strong record of attainment at undergraduate and masters level. There is scope for an interdisciplinary approach to be adopted within the parameters established for the studentship as a whole, i.e. it must be focused on the history of New Earswick and the lessons that can be drawn from it. The studentship will be awarded on the basis of the strength of the proposal from the applicant, with some consideration also being given to their level of academic development.

Terms and conditions

The scholarship will pay a yearly stipend of £19,237 (in line with current UKRI rates) and provide a fee waiver at home student fee rates for three years.

Contact details

Nicholas Pleace

This is a unique opportunity to explore the history of one the key experiments in housing policy of the early twentieth century, the development of the New Earswick community by Joseph Rowntree in York. New Earswick was a precursor to the rise of State funded social housing in the UK and to the development of the Welfare State. The village and community of New Earswick has endured well beyond the period mass social housing development in England and also seen the retrenchment from Beveridge’s plans that has occurred in the last 40 years. The goal of the studentship is to develop and deepen understanding of the human, geographical, social and architectural lessons from New Earswick through exploring its history, both through the extensive archives that are available at the Borthwick Institute and through collaboration and coproduction with the community living in the village. The topic and focus of the thesis will be a matter for the student to determine, within the broad framework provided through the studentship. One dimension that applicants may wish to explore is the lessons for contemporary policy and practice in development, housing and area management and wider housing and sustainability policy that can be drawn from the example of New Earswick.

The supervisory team will be led by Professor Nicholas Pleace, who directs the University of York’s Centre for Housing Policy within the School for Business and Society. Other team members will include Dr Matthew Hollow, a senior lecturer who has worked on the history of social housing in the UK and who leads programmes and research on strategy and Dr Joanne Bretherton, a senior lecturer with expertise in housing exclusion and inequality.

Contact us

PGR Administration team

+44 (0)1904 325962