- Level of StudyPostgraduate Research
Title: The utility, feasibility and acceptability of social network analysis in the prevention of higher-harm youth violence: a replication of the Twin Sight model in Northern Ireland
Supervisors: Dr Colm Walsh (SSESW), Leandro Garcia (Centre for Public Health) and David Scott (SSESW)
Context: Higher-harm youth violence can contribute to wide ranging and long-lasting harms. It has recently received significant policy attention. Public health prevention requires that policy makers and practitioners who is most at risk and the factors that mitigate those risks. Research evidence demonstrates that prevalence and impact of violence in Northern Ireland is clustered in small groups, with only a small number of individuals responsible for the majority of the most serious violent incidences. The Twin Sight model leverage advances in social network analysis to facilitate an understanding of these clusters and thus has the potential of informing a public health violence prevention response.
This PhD will examine the utility, feasibility and acceptability of social network analysis in the prevention of youth violence within the NI context. Through this PHD, the candidate will:
- define the concept of higher-harm youth violence;
- undertake a combined impact and process evaluation of Twin Sight;
- determine and describe the implementation and operational challenges associated with implementing social network analysis within this context;
- document novel methods of communicating research insights to diverse target groups (policy makers, practitioners and children and young people)
- provide guidance on ways to address research gaps
This research builds on an existing collaborative relationship between the University of Limerick and Queens University in the School of Social Science, Education and Social Work. The project aligns with current research priorities regarding the development and evaluation of complex CJS interventions, trauma informed justice, violence prevention, improving systems for the control of crime, and promoting social justice for victims and offenders.
This research is of international significance. This work will have direct policy and practice impact not only on the Northern Ireland YJS, but also in relation to international developments in youth justice, violence prevention, crime reduction and community safety.
The studentship: The successful student will be based in Queens University SSESW, but will work closely with the research team at University of Limerick. In addition to their academic supervisors, they will work closely with the subject lead for Criminology and project CI (Prof Maruna-QUB) as well as alongside policy and practice colleagues
Given the importance of this project, we are seeking an outstanding applicant who can not only demonstrate relevant knowledge and skills, but also a strong passion and commitment to work in the area of community safety and violence reduction.
Living Costs / Stipend, Tuition Fees
HEA North-South Research Programme
The Studentship offers tuition fees and annual stipend of £16,500 to support living costs for a maximum of 3.5 years.
This project is funded via the HEA North-South Research Programme.
The Studentship offers tuition fees and annual stipend of £16,500 to support living costs for a maximum of 3.5 years. For further details about eligibility criteria (including academic, citizenship and residency criteria) please click on the DfE Research Eligibility Guidance Notes: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/department-economy-studentships. While successful candidates are expected to undertake full time working hours on the project, there may be scope to further supplement their income through teaching activities should opportunities arise.
Number of Awards
HEA North-South Research Programme
Fri, 16 Dec 2022 10:05:00 GMT
Mon, 09 Jan 2023 00:00:00 GMT
How to Apply
To apply, please log onto Queen’s University Belfast Direct Application Portal, select the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work, select ‘Sociology’ for the subject area, and then select the degree of ‘Criminology (Doctor of Philosophy)’. Complete the required sections, and submit your application by 4th January 2023. It is anticipated that interviews will take place the week commencing 9th or 16th January 2023, with successful applicants commencing early February 2023. Cite reference CWLG22 in your application if you are applying for this studentship.
Applicants are required to submit a two-page statement outlining their suitability for the project and how their current skills and experiences make them the ideal candidate for this project (please upload this document to ‘proposal’ in place of a standard research proposal). Within this document, we encourage applicants to draw particular attention to any experiences or skills they may have in relation the following criteria:
- Knowledge of the youth justice system
- Experience of engaging with non-academic partners
- Understanding of evidence-based practices
- Research skills, particularly in relation to social network analysis
Shortlisted candidates will be asked to take part in a brief interview. We expect this position to be very competitive.
Please ensure that you meet the entrance criteria for the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work