PhD Studentship: Communication and Migration studies

St Mary's University, Twickenham - School of Arts and Humanities - Centre for the Study of Modern Slavery

The Centre for the Study of Modern Slavery at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, is pleased to offer a fully funded full time three year PhD studentship commencing in February 2017 to support excellent research in the field of communication and migration studies. The Centre ( is based in the School of Arts and Humanities which has a diverse and vibrant research culture, and is on a beautiful campus in Twickenham close to central London.     

The Centre combines innovative and world class research with practical engagement and impact. It has a distinct expansive focus ranging across the areas of social, criminal, legal, political, economic, technological, human rights and other related fields of research. The applied nature of the research and commitment to impact on prevention, practice, policy and raising awareness about modern slavery and human trafficking is central to the unique identity of the centre. The wide ranging and inclusive membership encompassing colleagues from across the university and partnership with charities and other organisations, provides an ideal environment for facilitating policy and practice interchange.

The successful candidate will work under the supervision of the Director for the Centre, Dr Sasha Jesperson, on the narratives and politics of inclusion and exclusion along the spectrum of irregular migration. The project will map the spectrum of irregular migrants and how the public discourse is created around each category. The resulting analysis will consider how the narratives around each group have developed and evolved, which migrants get lost in the process, and what this means for sensible policymaking. Potential applicants should feel free to contact Dr Jesperson with any initial queries.

The successful applicant will be linked with the work of the Centre with possible roles include helping with conference organization and limited undergraduate teaching. For these reasons, it is highly recommended that the successful applicant be located within greater London area during their studies.

The studentship will provide full time PhD fees at the home/EU rate of £4,020p.a. and a bursary of £13,000 p.a. Applicants should have a masters at distinction or a masters with merit and a distinction in the dissertation in a relevant discipline as well as proven knowledge of relevant research areas.

To apply please download and complete a PhD application form and send it together with your 3,000-4,000 word research proposal, two academic references, copies of your Master’s qualification, a current CV and cover letter stating your desire to be considered for the studentship to:

Samantha Chant
School of Arts and Humanities
St Mary’s University
Waldegrave Road
Strawberry Hill
Twickenham TW1 4SX
Tel: 020 8240 4198

Application deadline: 16 January 2017

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