Foundation and University of Liverpool launch sponsored PhD focused on consequences of terrorism for survivors

January 30, 2014 | Nick Taylor

Applications are invited for a sponsored PhD collaborative studentship held by the Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology at the University of Liverpool and the The Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace, Warrington.

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) North West Doctoral Training Centre Collaborative Studentships (CASE)

The three year studentship will focus on the consequences of terrorism for survivors of critical incidents and will be supervised by Professor Sandra Walklate, Dr. Gabe Mythen (University of Liverpool) and Ms Jo Dover (Foundation For Peace). This position pays the approved tuition fees and grants the student a stipend of £13,863, plus a £750 training support grant.

Project Overview

Articulated in lay terms, the primary question that this project will address is:

When people have to deal with the death of relatives or serious personal injury resulting from a terrorist attack, how do they manage?

In responding to this primary question the study will attend to three tributary research questions:

1. What do survivors of terrorist attacks understand by resilience in the context of their experiences of trauma, both physically and psychologically?
2. To what extent is resilience pertinent in survivors’ narratives of their experiences of managing trauma? (for instance, is resilience a process or are there critical moments at which resilience is stimulated and/or generated?)
3. What are the fundamental resources (personal, familial, social, practice-­‐oriented) required to build resilience post-­‐terrorist

In exploring these questions, the project will engage with survivors of terrorist attacks and members of bereaved families to discuss and reflect on the ways in which they managed the consequences of such an experience (psychological, physical, loss of life) in order to map the range of social, physical, economic and cultural resources through which resilience is developed, harnessed and sustained.


A good undergraduate degree in sociology, criminology or related social science subject, with a completed or soon to be completed Masters degree in Social Research methods or a cognisant discipline (preferably one which is ESRC recognised).

The successful candidate will have demonstrable knowledge of research methods and preferably experience of applying methods through primary research. Applications from candidates with alternative relevant academic/practitioner experience are

Application Procedure

Please send a CV along with a single A4 page expression of interest to Professor Sandra Walklate at The deadline for all applications is Friday 6th February 2014.