The Role

Thamesmead is a town that was established in the 1960s with the intention of being a ‘model city,’ built with utopian architecture, green spaces and waterways along the banks of the river Thames. Today, over 45,000 people live in the area (measuring 750 hectares) and 65% of the land is owned by Peabody housing association. The area has the space and potential for 20,000 new homes. Peabody’s investment, as well as other large-scale projects like TfL’s installation of the Elizabeth Line at Abbey Wood, is bringing many new opportunities to Thamesmead.

Urban regeneration can contribute to transforming inhabitants’ health and wellbeing as well as their relationship with, and perception of, place both internally and externally. However, not all regeneration initiatives measure impact holistically or track the challenges faced by residents. Peabody’s mission is to improve, grow and look after Thamesmead for the long-term. Because Peabody owns much of the land, housing and retail, and natural spaces in the area, it is in the unique position to take a holistic, area-wide approach to its regeneration. To demonstrate its commitment to improving outcomes for the community, Peabody has engaged Arup, TSIP and the University of Greenwich to jointly manage the Thamesmead Evaluation Framework.

The PhD student researcher will make a significant contribution to the overall evaluation of the Thamesmead Plan, and will be provided with an opportunity to carry out research with practical implications. The research focuses on public space, culture, arts and heritage and community cohesion, paying particular attention to the lived experience of place.

Duration: 3 years, Full-Time Study

For further information contact: Dr Menna Jones E-mail:

Closing date for applications: midnight UTC on 17th June 2019

Making an application:

Please read this information before making an application. Information on the application process is available at: Applications need to be made online via this link. No other form of application will be considered.

All applications must include the following information. Applications not containing these documents will not be considered.

  • Scholarship Reference Number (Ref)– included in the personal statement section together with your personal statement as to why you are applying
  • a CV including 2 referees *
  • academic qualification certificates/transcripts and IELTs/English Language certificate if you are

    an international applicant or if English is not your first language or you are from a country

    where English is not the majority spoken language as defined by the UK Border Agency * *upload to the qualification section of the application form. Attachments must be a PDF format.

    Before submitting your application you are encouraged to liaise with the Lead Supervisor on the details above.

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