Funding: Funded PhD Project (UK and EU students only)

Project Code: SASH6300521

Department: School of Area Studies, History, Politics and Literature

Start date: October 2021

Closing date: 23 May 2021

Applications are invited for a fully-funded three year PhD, with opportunities for visiting scholarships in Hong Kong and Mainland China, to commence in October 2021.

In 2019 Lloyd’s Register (LR) celebrated 150 years of operation in China. This doctoral-level research project will assess the influence and impact that LR and its surveyors had on international understandings of health, safety, and risk management, and their broader influences on local infrastructures and imperial cultural knowledge between the years 1869-1918.

This exciting opportunity includes an annual stipend at the UKRI rate (£15,609 for 2021/22) and a generous travel allowance for the student to conduct national and international research.

The PhD is funded by Lloyd’s Register Foundation (LRF) and supported by the University of Portsmouth’s Port Towns and Urban Cultures (PTUC) research group in the School of Area Studies, History, Politics and Literature. The visiting scholarship in 2023 is supported by Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) and Dalian Maritime University (DMU), who will host the student as a visiting scholar. An international conference will be co-hosted by HKBU in Hong Kong during summer 2023.The PhD will be based in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, and will be supervised by Dr Matthew Heaslip, Dr Melanie Bassett and Professor Brad Beaven.

By working on this project you’ll: 

  • Gain privileged access to LRF’s extensive maritime archive to provide new insights into the social and cultural history of Lloyd’s Register in China through the study of the role and operations of LR Surveyors.
  • Benefit from the Port Towns and Urban Culture team’s wealth of knowledge and international networks while simultaneously showcasing cutting-edge research.
  • Acquire enhanced doctoral programme training from the University of Portsmouth and gain valuable skills in organizing an international conference and disseminating your research into scholarly and publicly-accessible formats.
  • Be supported in your research gain experience in different cultural settings and working environments via Visiting Scholarships in Hong Kong and Dalian, and opportunities to collaborate with LRF’s Heritage and Education Centre in London.

Entry requirements

General admissions
You’ll need a good first degree from an internationally recognised university (minimum upper second class or equivalent) or a Master’s degree in History or 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 Admissions
You must be prepared to live and work for periods of time in Portsmouth and Hong Kong. Willingness to work with members of the Port Towns and Urban Cultures group (University of Portsmouth), and Lloyd’s Register Heritage and Education Centre to produce blogs and educational material based on your research is essential. An understanding of, or willingness to learn, basic Chinese (Mandarin or Cantonese) is desirable.

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

Funding Information

Funding applies to:

UK and EU students

Application Deadline:

23 May 2021

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