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PhD studentship: School of Media and Communication | University of Leeds

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP) is offering a PhD Studentship in the School of Media and Communication at the University of Leeds. Under the supervision of Professor Kate Oakley the scholarship will fund research into the role of arts and culture in sustainable prosperity.

The School CUSP scholarship will commence in January 2017. It will cover full maintenance and fees equivalent to the Home/EU rate, for a period of three years and is open to both home/EU and international applicants (please note that the scholarship only pays fees at the rate for home/EU fees, even to international students).

The range of possible topics in this area is wide but we are particularly interested in receiving applications that look at the role of cultural work as ‘good work,’ the role of culture and the arts in communicating understandings of sustainable prosperity, cultural regeneration and gentrification, and the development of alternative cultural work models (e.g. co-operatives).

Applications that take a spatial approach to these issues are particularly welcomed. The precise methodology will depend on how the research questions are framed, but it is anticipated that the research will be empirical and involve contact with practitioners or policymakers.

There are extensive, well-established networks which the researcher will be able to access and there are also opportunities for joint activities with the other CUSP-affiliated PhD students. Applicants must first submit a PhD application form and be in receipt of a Student ID Number and then complete the WR DTC Application Form. Early development of a full proposal is strongly recommended and required for the scholarship application. The candidate must have a Master’s degree in a social science, with a significant component of research methods training.


Please contact Prof Kate Oakley for further details about the project. The closing date is 31 October 2016.

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