Funding: Fully funded (UK/EU/International students)

Project code: MKTG5090220

Department: Marketing and Strategy Enterprise and Innovation – Faculty of Business and Law

Start dates: October 2020

Closing date: 23 February 2020

Applications are invited for a fully-funded three year PhD to commence in October 2020.

The Project

The PhD will be based in the Faculty of Business and Law, and will be supervised by Dr Mahsa Ghaffari and Professor Diego Vazquez-Brust.

Successful applicants will receive a bursary to cover tuition fees at the UK/EU rate for three years and a stipend in line with the RCUK rate (£15,009 for 2019/2020). As part of the bursary the Faculty of Business and Law may fund fieldwork expenses (currently £2,000) over the total period of PhD study. We also offer funding to attend conferences (currently £550), training (currently £450), and a work-based placement (currently a maximum of £3,000 tied up to the period of 12 weeks).

The work on this project could involve:

  • Working in an interdisciplinary research team
  • Researching on the world’s challenges in regard to sustainability and community development
  • Working in an active group focused on sustainability
  • Opportunity to act as ambassadors of global environmental issues to industry and society
  • Opportunity to develop partnership with industries in luxury sector

Entry Requirements

General admissions criteria

You’ll need a good first degree from an internationally recognised university (minimum upper second class or equivalent, depending on your chosen course) or a Master’s degree in an appropriate subject. In exceptional cases, we may consider equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Specific candidate requirements

We welcome applications from highly motivated prospective students with a background in social science (e.g. Marketing, Sociology, cultural studies and other relevant disciplines) with an interest in sustainability and consumption practices. A familiarity with interpretivists approach and qualitative methods is desirable (not essential). We are also interested in candidates who are familiar with ethnographic research. We encourage prospective students to design their own research strategies depending on their interest and core skills.

Find out more about the project, the Supervisors and how to apply

Funding Information

Funding applies to:

UK, EU and International students.

Application Deadline:

23 February 2020

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