Applications are invited from suitably qualified applicants for a PhD scholarship to undertake a higher degree by research through Professor Sara Charlesworth and Dr Fiona Macdonald at the Centre for People, Organisation and Work at RMIT University.
The Work of Social Care research program, which Professor Charlesworth and Dr Macdonald lead, is located in the Centre for People, Organisation and Work in the College of Business. The successful applicant would join the PhD program within the School of Management.
The Work of Social Care research program focuses on the organisation and regulation of care work. It is centrally concerned with addressing gender (in)equality and the quality of paid care work. Paid care work is a major area of employment growth and a key site of change affecting the future of work globally. How care work is funded, organised and rewarded is critical to the well-being of millions of workers, overwhelmingly women, worldwide.
As part of the Work of Social Care program, Professor Charlesworth and Dr Macdonald are international partners on a large UK Economic & Social Research Council Partnership Grant Sustainable Care: connecting people and systems (2018-2021) led by Professor Sue Yeandle at the Centre for International Research on Care, Labour & Equalities, University of Sheffield.
It is anticipated that the successful applicant’s PhD proposal would fall within the broad remit of the Sustainable Care project, which includes:
- Gender, regulation and care work
- Migrant care workers
- Business models in care systems
- Forms of employment/the organisation of work in different care systems
- Care work and the social relations of work
The scholarship offers a valuable opportunity to link in with the international networks and research developed through the ESRC grant as well as with those established in the Work of Social Care research program.