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

Project code: AD&P5150220

Department: School of Art and Design

Start dates:

Closing date: 23 February 2020

Applications are invited for a fully-funded 3-year PhD to commence in October 2020. 

The Project

This studentship belongs to ‘Transforming Portsmouth’, a cross-university interdisciplinary research programme designed to provide actionable evidence to underpin Portsmouth’s transformation to a sustainable city.  Portsmouth faces multiple challenges related to climate, economy and environment.

The programme will draw evidence from around the world to really make an impact in Portsmouth. Through early and ongoing engagement with key local agencies, Portsmouth residents, and leading international organisations, the programme will use global excellence to meet local needs.

The PhD will be supervised by Dr Elaine Igoe, Dr Matthew Anderson and Prof Deborah Sugg Ryan. The University of Portsmouth is a member of the Shanghai Sustainable Fashion Education Committee.  There will also be opportunities to engage with a range of key stakeholders such as the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, World Fair Trade Organization and RSA.

Dr Elaine Igoe is the Research and Innovation Group Lead for Fashion, Textiles and Material Futures at the University of Portsmouth. Her research interests include design methods as a vehicle for transitions to ethical and sustainable fashion and textile practices.

Dr Matthew Anderson is an expert on business ethics and his research is concerned with innovations in Fair Trade, Social Enterprise and Circular Economy.

Prof Deborah Sugg Ryan is a material culture and design historian with many years of experience teaching fashion and textiles students and an international research profile.

The scholarship covers tuition fees and an annual maintenance grant of £15,009 (UKRI 2019/20 rate) for three years. Scholarship recipients will also receive up to £3,000 for research project costs/consumables during the duration of the programme.

The work on this project could involve:

  • develop innovative and practice-based research exploring a range of design approaches and business models working with upcycling, circular economy and social enterprise
  • contribute to research and policy papers tackling key global challenges of sustainable development and climate crisis
  • opportunities for international placements in a social enterprise and leading circular clothing company

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

Due to the interdisciplinarity of this project the successful candidate should have experience of fashion and/or textile design and business management in an industrial or social enterprise setting. Familiarity with key debates and research on the circular economy and sustainable and ethical clothing is desirable.

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

Funding Information

Funding applies to:

Fully funded (UK/EU/International students)

Application Deadline:

23 February 2020

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