PhD Studentships in the Faculty of Business and Law, University of Northampton

University of Northampton

The University of Northampton is an internationally-facing university that delivers life-changing opportunities for our students through innovation, initiative, empathy and enterprise for positive social change. This was recognised in 2013 when we were the first in the UK to achieve AshokaU Changemaker Campus status.

These distinctive values are reflected in the Faculty of Business and Law’s research strategy and in our two research centres, the Centre for Sustainable Business Practices and the China and Emerging Economies Centre. The Faculty’s Postgraduate Research Student community continues to grow steadily, with over twenty students currently enrolled on our PhD programme. We are now delighted to announce our first Faculty-funded PhD studentships to continue that growth and to attract high quality applicants to the following PhD projects. 

Sustainability in the Leather Industry (STU17BL1)

To create a way in which sustainability, can be identified, measured and quantified in the leather industry. This measurement could incorporate the whole supply chain from raw materials to the marketing of finished products. To achieve this it needs to consider environmental issues, such as harmful chemicals, but also economic and social elements of sustainability so that its measurement will assist in building trust with consumers and provide a clear indication of sustainable practices.

Specific Project entry requirements:

Applicants should have qualifications in a related discipline, such as operations and supply chain management, energy/waste management or chemistry.

Supervisory team:

Dr Kathleen Mortimer, Faculty of Business and Law -

Dr William Wise, Institute of Leather Technology  –

Interrogating governance and stakeholder collaboration in place branding strategies for the county of Northamptonshire (STU17BL2)

This study focuses on the process of governance and stakeholder collaboration in the development of place branding strategies within the regional context of the county of Northamptonshire.  By engaging public sector agencies and private businesses through focus group discussions and participatory action research methods, this study aims to determine stakeholder’s perspectives on the institutional and management framework required to optimise the implementation and sustainability of place management strategies for the county.

Specific Project entry requirements:

Applications should have qualifications in Social Sciences, particularly relevant to Marketing, Tourism, Business and Geography.


Dr Marcella Daye, Faculty of Business and law -

Eco Food Value Chains: Improving Economic, Social and Environmental Sustainability of Food Supply Chains through Circular Economy Praxis (STU17BL3)

The overall aim of this PhD will be to develop an analytical framework to map out resource waste (food and wastewater) along food supply chains and to identify alternative scenarios for circular industrial systems that get resources back into the economy through resource recovering processes. The project will bring industrial ecology (and related industrial symbiosis) concepts and principles into the core of underlying theories and methods supporting sustainable industrial practices in the context of food supply chains.

Specific Project entry requirements:

Applicants should have qualifications in a related discipline, such as operations and supply chain management or energy/waste management.


Dr Luciano Batista, Faculty of Business and Law -

Emotion and Knowledge Transfer in International Acquisitions (STU17BL4)

Despite acquisitions being considered highly emotional events, research on the emotional dimension of these events is rare, particularly in the context of cross-border acquisitions. This PhD study aims to examine emotions of employees and managers involved in international acquisitions and the impact of the emotions on the knowledge transfer between the acquired and acquiring firms in order to assist managers in  developing strategies and practices to manage these emotions.

Specific Project entry requirements:

Applications should have qualifications in Social Sciences, particularly relevant to Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour and International Business.

Supervisory Team:

Dr Shaowei He, Faculty of Business and law –

Dr Hala Mansour, Faculty of Business and Law -

Funding and application information:

Funding: The successful candidates will receive a tuition fee waiver and £14,296 bursary per annum, plus £1,000 (cumulative) as research expenses budget to support travel and conference attendance

Duration of award: 3 years full time

Eligibility: This funding is open to UK and international students.

Start Date: October 2017

Deadline for applications: Friday 28th April 2017

Interviews: commencing Monday 15th May 2017

The successful candidates will have adequate knowledge of research methods and ability to develop qualitative and/or quantitative approaches. The selected candidates will be required to attend conferences and publish academic papers.

Applications are welcomed from candidates with a recognised first or upper second class honours degree or Master’s degree from a UK university or International equivalent in a relevant subject area. Evidence of English Language proficiency (IELTS 7 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any element, or equivalent) is required if your first language is not English.

Informal enquiries: Email supervisors as listed above

To apply: Either go directly to the online application form or go to our ‘How to Apply’ page for information (when applying, select ‘Academic Year 2017-18’ and use the unique reference code (eg. STU17BL1) in the keyword search). Applicants are not required to prepare a research proposal.

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