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Ms Julia Mase

PhD Researcher at Brooks World Poverty Institute, University of Manchester

PhD Researcher at Brooks World Poverty Institute, University of Manchester



Brooks World Poverty Institute
The University of Manchester
Humanities Bridgeford Street Building
Oxford Road
M13 9PL
United Kingdom




Tel: +44 (0)161 306 64 36

Fax: +44 (0)161 306 64 28



Julia is currently studying for a PhD in International Development Policy and Management at the Brooks World Poverty Institute (BWPI) at Manchester University in the UK. She is the recipient of a +3 ESRC studentship attached to a project entitled 'Ageing, Wellbeing and Development: a comparative analysis of South Africa and Brazil' which is being funded by the UK’s New Dynamics of Ageing cross-council programme and led by her PhD supervisors, Dr. Armando Barrientos (BWPI) and Dr Peter Lloyd-Sherlock (University of East Anglia).


Julia’s PhD research aims to assess the impact of social transfers on household and intra-household dynamics in older person households in South Africa. She is using qualitative and quantitative methods with a strong longitudinal component to analyse changes over time in specific regions South Africa, both rural and urban, which she will then compare. It is hoped that the findings from this research will contribute to the facilitation of better informed policies aimed at managing simultaneous economic development and population ageing.


Prior to embarking on her PhD in October 2008, Julia completed an MSc in Social Research Methods and Statistics at the Cathie Marsh Centre for Census and Survey Research (CCSR), also at Manchester. She also holds a Political Science BA honours degree from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK. Julia has worked in several organisations and roles related directly to older person issues including support roles for British National Health Service (NHS) continuing care and elderly nursing care teams in London and as a Governance Officer at ‘Age Concern England’ (now ‘Age UK’).


Key research/capacity building interests


Research Interests


Substantive interests include:

  • The linkages between social policies and demographic outcomes
  • Policies addressing poverty, inequality and population ageing in developing countries
  • Social protection and the ageing experience in developing countries


Other interests include:

  • Interdisciplinary research
  • Mixed-methods research and ‘triangulation’ as an approach that goes beyond serving as a validation technique.

Key methodological skills


  • Quantitative data collection: experience in large-scale survey design.
  • Qualitative data collection: including but not limited to in-depth interviewing, semi-structured interviewing and ethnographic methods, including discourse analysis and content analysis.
  • Familiar with several software packages but works predominantly with SPSS, STATA and NVIVO.


Current/planned research

Current engagement in capacity building

  •  Part-time lecturing and seminar leading in the Politics Department at the University of Liverpool