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Developing our understanding of neighbour disputes and noise nuisance SSS7

  • School: School of Social Sciences
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Part-time
  • Starting: 2021
  • Funding: UK student / EU student (non-UK) / International student (non-EU) / Fully-funded


NTU's Fully-funded PhD Studentship Scheme 2022

Project ID: SSS7

The COVID-19 pandemic changed the way we live in unprecedented ways. For many, lockdown restrictions led to longer periods of time at home in close proximity to neighbours. Your home should be a safe haven. Unfortunately, for those experiencing anti-social behaviour (ASB), this can cease to be the case. At the beginning of the first lockdown (between March and April 2020) the number of anti-social behaviour (ASB) incidents recorded by the police “skyrocketed by over 270%” (Langton 2020). Such incidents can have a hugely detrimental impact on the health of whole households and communities (Victims’ Commissioner for England and Wales et al., 2019).

The proposed study will focus on neighbour disputes and noise nuisance. It will adopt a mixed methods approach to develop a more comprehensive picture of how widespread these types of ASB are (and how that might have changed over time), where these incidents are most likely to occur/how they are distributed, reporting patterns, the most effective responses and, finally, whether perpetrators are engaged in other forms of criminality. Specifically, the research will seek to:

  • Develop a more comprehensive picture of the nature of noise nuisance and neighbour disputes in England and Wales.
  • Better understand the reporting picture in relation to noise nuisance and neighbour disputes. For example, what proportion of these incidents are reported? Who are these incidents reported to? Why do incidents go unreported?
  • Determine the most effective responses to neighbour disputes and noise nuisance.
  • Understand the extent to which perpetrators of this type of ASB are also engaged in other forms of criminality.

The study will involve conducting interviews with ASB practitioners and, where possible, with victims. In addition, the study will be supported using the Crime Survey for England and Wales and Ministry of Justice ADR UK (Administrative Data Research UK) Data First datasets (a) to explore whether the local patterns identified are replicated on a national scale – to consider the wider applicability of the findings; (b) to identify court outcomes that are more likely to effectively resolve the neighbour-related ASB/noise nuisance; and (c) whether, and if so to what extent, perpetrators of ASB engage in separate offence groups across the spectrum.

The successful candidate should ideally have knowledge of social statistics and quantitative methodology. The successful PhD candidate will join the Quantitative and Spatial Criminology (QSC) research group at Nottingham Trent University.

School strategic research priority

This aligns with the Quantitative and Spatial Criminology (QSC) group in the Centre for Crime and Offending Prevention and Engagement (COPE). It also aligns with the University thematic priority – Safety and Security of Citizens and Society.

Entry qualifications

For the eligibility criteria, visit our studentship application page.

How to apply

For guidance and to make an application, please visit our studentship application page. The application deadline is Friday 14 January 2022.

Fees and funding

This is part of NTU's 2022 fully-funded PhD Studentship Scheme.

Guidance and support

Download our full applicant guidance notes for more information.

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