CASE Case Studies

“I’ve found the benefits of CASE studentships to be multifaceted. Of course, it’s wonderful to supervise bright and engaged postgraduate students. Cross-institutional supervision, as encouraged by the scheme, has opened opportunities for academic collaboration both for students and for myself and my co-supervisors. I’ve particularly enjoyed being able to develop relationships with external partners in new and exciting directions, both as part of and beyond CASE studentships.”

Dr Siobhan Talbott – Reader in Early Modern History, Keele University

Here are a selection of some of the organisations that we have partnered with to provide CASE studentships.

Royal Meteorological Society

The Royal Meteorological Society is a membership charity with a mission to engage, enthuse and educate by promoting the understanding and application of weather and climate science for the benefit of all. They work to strengthen the science and raise awareness of the importance of weather and climate, support meteorological professionals and inspire enthusiasts.

As a Society their programmes are broad and diverse, with activities and events held for members, the general public and wider meteorological and climate community.

For more information see here.

Details of the Royal Meteorological Society CASE Studentship:

Robert Naylor, Social Studies of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of Manchester (2018 Cohort)

Project title: Working Atmospheres: Applied and Industrial Meteorology in Britain 1945 – Present

This thesis aims to explore the role of applied meteorology in mitigating the economic weather sensitivity in Britain by asking:

  • What historical, economic and institutional drivers have bolstered the growth of industrial meteorology?
  • Has applied meteorological information contributed to weather resilience in UK industry?
  • What factors have facilitated or impeded knowledge flows between providers, intermediaries and users of weather information?

Port Sunlight Village Trust

Port Sunlight is the village founded by ‘Soap King’ William Hesketh Lever in 1888. The village was built to house Lever’s ‘Sunlight Soap’ factory workers, but today is home to a fascinating museum, beautiful architecture, a world-class art gallery, stunning parkland and a thriving community.

Details of Post Sunlight Village Trust CASE Studentship

Ronnie Hughes, Sociology, University of Liverpool (2019 Cohort)

Project Title: Time, place and utopia in Port Sunlight

An ethnographic study of place and temporality in Port Sunlight, a late Victorian industrial village close to Liverpool. Exploring the idea of utopia as it has been developed at Port Sunlight and other locations, together with its theoretical and practical usefulness for community-led organisations and others engaged in developing the future of their places.

Lancashire Constabulary

Founded in 1839, Lancashire Constabulary covers an area of 1,189 square miles. The county has a population of nearly 1.5 million with a rich diversity of communities, all with specific policing needs.

The Constabulary is split into three divisions, West, South and East and our Headquarters is based in Hutton, Preston with our Dogs and Mounted section nearby.

Details of Lancashire Constabulary CASE Studentship:

Jessica Phoenix, Criminology, Social Policy and Social Work, Lancaster University (2017 Cohort)

Project Title: Measuring and investigating the repetition of crime to improve police performance: a focus on situations of domestic violent crime and vulnerability

This project is a CASE studentship with Lancashire Constabulary and Lancaster University. The aim of the project is to improve police collection and use of data to respond effectively to reports of domestic violence. The project uses mixed-methods involving observations of Lancashire Constabulary and quantitative analyses of police data.

Department of Work & Pensions

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is responsible for welfare, pensions and child maintenance policy. As the UK’s biggest public service department, it administers the State Pension and a range of working age, disability and ill health benefits to around 20 million claimants and customers.

Read more about what the DWP does.

Details of the Department for Work & Pensions CASE Studentship

Marty Parker, Health and Wellbeing, Keele University (2017 Cohort)

Project Title: Investigating population health and well-being through estimation of Healthy Working Life Expectancy in England

Healthy Working Life Expectancy (HWLE) is an estimate of the number of years that people can stay healthy and in work. This project will use multi-state interpolated Markov chain modelling to (i) estimate HWLE and (ii) identify factors that reduce HWLE. Further work will model trends in HWLE over the next 20 years.

“Meeting regularly with the project’s CASE Partner, GetYourBellyOut (GYBO), throughout the various stages of the PhD has been invaluable. In particular, reflecting together about how to communicate with participants has ensured that the most appropriate language and approaches are adopted. Furthermore, the support and advisory elements of the partnership has been important in reinforcing the participatory and flexible nature of the research, as GYBO’s personal and professional knowledge of living with a bowel condition has kept the research grounded in experience.”

Poppy Budworth, Geography and Environment, University of Manchester (2020 Cohort)
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