Scholarship opportunity: Empowering family self-efficacy through social tourism ESRC DTP Collaborative Studentship

Nottingham University Business School (NUBS) as part of Midlands Graduate School is now inviting applications for an ESRC Doctoral Studentship in association with their collaborative partner and ISTO member, Family Holiday Association to start in October 2018, for who has an interest in social tourism. Applicants should have a background in sociology, psychology, tourism or leisure studies, or other social science field.

The project will examine how families who face complex multi-dimensional challenges benefit from a break and how the experiences gained contribute to improvements in individual and collective self-efficacy. A range of evaluation studies have identified that these programmes can lead to increases in family and social capital, self-esteem, quality of life and subjective well-being (SWB), and to changes in behaviours, which could yield wider societal benefits. Yet there is little sense of how these outcomes contribute to changes in attitudes and behaviours, such as self-efficacy.

The ultimate aim is to help severely disadvantaged families become more resilient and better able to cope with their financial, health (mental and physical) and situational circumstances. To achieve this, that chosen applicant will be working with the Family Holiday Association,  the leading UK charity dedicated to providing short breaks and days out for struggling families, and its wide range of industry partners

Application Process

To be considered for this PhD, please complete the Collaborative Studentship application form available online here with a covering letter and a CV as well as two references email this to Karen Maltby,

Application deadline: Friday 16th March 2018

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