The PhD project will be undertaken within the larger research project entitled: “Can cash transfers have long-term effects on rural livelihoods in poor countries: Learning lessons from the effects of the child grant in South Africa”.

The research subject rural development builds on several social scientific disciplines and also considers natural scientific perspectives. It considers the specific conditions of rural areas and the ways in which they are linked with regional, national and global processes of change and development.

The project will use surveys, in-depth interviews and group discussions to follow up approximately 250 households in two villages in rural South Africa. The livelihoods of these households were mapped using the same methods in 2002, and the project aims to study the processes that can lead to improved livelihood situations, especially focusing on the potential long-term effects of small cash transfers, such as the child grant that some households have received since 2002. Within this framework, the PhD student will also have influence over the design of the PhD project, in a dialogue with the supervisors. The PhD student will be supervised by a main supervisor from the division of rural development and two assistant supervisors from University of Johannesburg and University of the Western Cape in South Africa. There will also be opportunities to take some of the PhD courses in South Africa.

Application deadline: April 10.

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