For three years from 2009, GAP Unit in collaboration with Manchester Metropolitan University is hosting a PhD student who will be researching GAP Unit’s practice as a small third sector organisation working as an ally to grassroots women’s groups.
The CASE studentship is funded through Taking Part?, a research cluster focused on ‘active citizenship’ and community empowerment within the Third Sector. The cluster is co-coordinated by staff at Lincoln, Goldsmiths and Manchester Metropolitan universities and it is funded by the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC), Office for the Third Sector (OTS) and Barrow Cadbury Trust, as part of the new national Third Sector Research Centre (TSRC). Taking Part? has a particular emphasis on ‘enabling the voices of the most disadvantaged groups to be heard effectively, as part of wider agendas for social change, social solidarity and social justice’.