Have you completed, or are you about to complete, a Master’s degree in social sciences? And would you like to get a PhD in a place that focuses on all the challenges currently faced by our healthcare industry? The Healthcare Governance (HCG) department of the Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management (ESHPM) is looking for a highly motivated and keen PhD student who wishes to conduct ethnographic research on structural vulnerabilities in access to healthcare and support services. Job description
Access to healthcare and the social domain in the Netherlands is coming under significant pressure. Due to capacity shortages and constant budgetary prudence on the part of the healthcare industry, access to healthcare is no longer guaranteed. More and more often, we hear harrowing stories about care and support that either aren’t up to scratch or cannot be provided at all because there is a shortage of well-trained staff. These problems are particularly common in long-term care, general medical care, youth care and mental health care.
In this research project, we will look at what happens to people who need long-term care and support, who live at home and depend on an ever-changing and precarious configuration of professional and informal care providers for their healthcare and support. Some of these people actively avoid care, but not all of them do. More likely, many people in this group do want to gain access to long-term healthcare and support, but only have limited access due to various circumstances. How do these people feel about the new dependencies created by these types of precarious care arrangements? What does this mean for our broad prosperity, which, in addition to income, involves things like health status, quality of life, social relationships, safety and physical environment? And how do traditional structures of inequality (e.g. gender, ethnicity, socio-economic class) interfere with people’s access to healthcare and support services?
If you join our PhD programme, you will try to answer these questions. You will do so by conducting ethnographic research in a neighbourhood in a medium-sized town in the Netherlands. For a considerable period of time, you will follow the inhabitants of this neighbourhood and determine what impact structural vulnerabilities in access to healthcare and support services have in actual practice. You will also look at the institutional context (e.g. policy programmes designed to provide vulnerable people with healthcare and support), the social security system available to the people, and the physical environment in the neighbourhood.
This doctoral research project is part of an overarching research programme entitled ‘Precariousness in a Transforming Welfare State’, which will be carried out by two PhD students (link to the other job advertisement
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