PhD Studentship on “The Northern Powerhouse – Collective Governance and Innovation”

The University of Manchester

A full-time, three year PhD research scholarship, including stipend and tuition fee costs, is available from September 2017. The scholarship is part of a wider research programme on ‘The Northern Powerhouse’, funded by the Alliance MBS Strategic Investment Fund, and being led by Professor Bruce Tether. The position is available to students who meet the programme entry requirements and who have outstanding potential.

Project Summary

The Project concerns the broader issue of collective governance and innovation. More concretely, it analyses the governance of a city-region, particularly where this: (1) involves multiple cooperating parties rather than a unitary authority; and (2) a desire to include innovation, both in procurement processes and what is procured. In the context of cooperative public procurement activities, this project will investigate how different ways of forming and governing joint procurement by local public authorities impact on the ability, willingness, effectiveness and efficiency of procuring innovative goods and services. The project aims to advance an empirically grounded understanding of collective governance, in particular the governance of public procurement that facilitates innovation, and to contribute to theoretical debates concerning the enabling conditions for innovating in consensus-oriented collective action arenas. This project will be being undertaken in association with the AMBS Centre for Infrastructure Development. The PhD student assigned to this project will be supervised by Professor Jakob Edler and Professor Nuno Gil. Candidates interested in this project should have knowledge of one or more of organisational studies/science, political science, policy studies, and innovation. Competences in statistics and data analysis are desirable but not essential.

The successful candidate will be located in the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research. With over 40 academic staff, the Institute has a strong tradition of publishing both high profile policy reports and high quality academic outputs in journals and books, raising external funding, and engaging with practitioners and policy makers.

The studentship will start in September 2017 and is available for three years, with a stipend equivalent to RCUK rates (approx. £14,500 per annum tax free), full tuition fees, travel support for conferences, plus a possible fieldwork allowance.


The successful candidate will be expected to satisfy the entry requirements of the AMBS PhD programme (academic qualifications and English language proficiency).


To apply for the studentship, please submit an online application for the full-time “PhD Science, Technology & Innovation Policy” programme via

Application deadline: 24th March 2017; interviews expected in March 2017, interviews are expected to be conducted in April 2017.

You should indicate in your application that you wish to be considered the Project entitled “Collective Governance and Innovation”.

Documents required for a PhD application to the Alliance Manchester Business School includes:

  • Letter of interest of up to four pages in length outlining your background, interest and research skills related to the topic, understanding of the project, and how you satisfy the requirements described above.
  • Detailed CV
  • Copies of degree certificates and transcripts showing your academic records of marks for courses taken
  • Two academic reference letters, which must be currently dated
  • Candidates may also be required to submit a TOEFL/IELTS/PTE English test score.

For further details about the research project, funding conditions, requirements, structure of the PhD programme and informal enquiries, please contact Professor Jakob Edler (; Professor Nuno Gil (


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