Measuring and assessing impact of cash and voucher distribution in humanitarian aid PhD

Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering
Entry requirements:
2:1 +
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Project detail

For decades, the humanitarian sector has relied on providing in-kind assistance to beneficiaries during disaster relief. Recently, there is a growing importance in the provision of cash and vouchers that can be exchanged for goods as needed. This can help stimulate local market activity and restart livelihoods. The objective of this project is to quantitatively determine the impact of cash and voucher distribution in refugee situations using the recent influx of Syrian refugees in Turkey as a case study. The PhD project is part of an ongoing research by a team of leading universities in Turkey and in the UK. The project is aimed at developing a framework on how to monitor, measure and assess the impact of our cash and voucher distribution on stakeholders. For this purpose, we aim to apply system dynamics as a method.

Using literature and existing models, this research will develop metrics to identify the short and long-term success of cash and voucher distribution. Data will be collected on these metrics, which will then be used to develop a system dynamics model that captures the dynamics of cash and voucher distribution and measures the impact on relevant stakeholders. This will also result in a framework to collect, measure and assess the impact for other humanitarian relief situations. 


Primary Supervisor: Dr Ehsan Sabet

Find out more

Please contact Dr Ehsan Sabet  by email for further information and unofficial letter of interest. 

Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent) in Operational research, industrial engineering, research methods, supply chain and logistics, business and management, econometrics, management science or a related subject.

A relevant master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage. Understanding the humanitarian supply chain, knowledge of Syrian camps in Turkey, or Turkish/Arabic language is an advantage.

Fees and funding


Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.

This is an open call for candidates who are sponsored or who have their own funding. If you do not have funding, you may still apply, however Institutional funding is not guaranteed. Outstanding candidates (UK/EU/International) without funding will be considered for funding opportunities which may become available in the School.

How to apply

All applications should be made online. Under programme name select Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering. Please quote reference number: ES30052017