Funded PhD: fatherhood and alcohol

PhD studentship (fully funded), Glasgow Caledonian University

Deadline for application: 15 April 2013

We invite applications for a fully funded PhD studentship (fees paid for EU students plus £13,600 annual stipend plus £1000 for conference attendance or training).

While mothers’ drinking has attracted attention from researchers, fatherhood has rarely been studied in relation to alcohol consumption. This PhD will explore how men across the social class spectrum, with children of different ages, perceive and (re)negotiate drinking in the context of fatherhood. It will use qualitative methods (probably individual interviews or focus groups, depending on the interests and skills of the successful applicant) and address some of the following questions: what meanings do these men attach to drinking?  (How) has their drinking changed since they had children? Do they perceive drinking as a way of coping with the demands of parenthood?  How do constructions of masculinities impact on their alcohol consumption? Understanding the role that alcohol plays in gendered identity construction may help address high rates of drinking and uncover aspects of the father-child relationship that are currently unclear.  The findings of this study will be of interested to gender and alcohol researchers, policy makers and practitioners.  In addition, it is anticipated that the findings will have implications for both parenting and alcohol-related interventions.

The supervisory team has substantial experience of qualitative research, researching ‘masculinities’ and parenting research. Primary supervisor: Dr Carol Emslie ( Secondary supervisors: Dr Lisa Kidd and Dr Kerri McPherson.

For further details about the PhD, please contact: Dr Carol Emslie

To apply, please complete the Research Application Form available online after consulting:

Glasgow Caledonian University is a registered Scottish charity, number SC021474

Winner: Times Higher Education’s Widening Participation Initiative of the Year 2009 and Herald Society’s Education Initiative of the Year 2009.

Winner: Times Higher Education’s Outstanding Support for Early Career Researchers of the Year 2010, GCU as a lead with Universities Scotland partners.
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