Aston Prize PhD Studentship – Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Business Prosperity (LBBP) - Industrial Structural change, Skills and Productivity

Aston University - Aston Business School

Qualification type: PhD

Location: Birmingham

Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students

The prestigious Aston Prize PhD studentship is jointly funded by Lloyds Banking Group plc., Aston University and Aston Business School. The PhD student will be affiliated to the Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Business Prosperity (LBBP). The objective of the Centre is to enhance understanding of what affects UK economic performance at the level of the individual, the firm, the region, the industrial sector and the nation overall, within global comparative perspectives.

Technological revolution has dramatically increased productivity and improved welfare for the society. However, the implications of such progress on industrial change, labour and wage, and their distributions across groups of individuals, businesses, and regions are far from being clear. On the one hand, technology and automation undoubtedly improved productive efficiency and led to more labour training and skill upgrading. On the other hand, labour saving by technological advancement help keeping labour cost low which may discourage investments in labour-saving technology, hence potentially reducing productivity growth. This technology-productivity paradox is of key significance to the UK economy and closely relevant to the research themes of the LBB

We call for applicants of a full-time funded student to work under the research stream II of the Centre, under the supervision of LBBP leading academics that focuses on skill challenges, productivity and prosperity in the UK. The objective of this studentship is to conduct innovative and well-grounded research on related topics of industrial structural change, skills and productivity at individual, firm, local and national level in the UK, within global perspectives.

We welcome applications from students with an MSc in Economics, Business or Management with strong, proven, quantitative skills and an interest in working with individual and firm level data. Informal enquiries about the research or studentship prior to application are welcome, and can be directed to Professor Jun Du (

The Award/Financial Support:
The total value of the award is £59,000 paid over 3 years. This will cover the student’s annual fees (full fee waiver - Home/EU fee rate) and a stipend to cover living costs. International students may cover the differences. Students will be expected to be based on campus at Aston University in the UK.

Selection Process:
Selection will be based on the evaluation of a completed Online Application Form and a detailed Research Proposal (5000 words max) submitted by candidates as well as two academic reference letters. Please see full details of requirements on the Funding Opportunities section of the following webpage:

Application Requirements:
Please see Entry Requirements section of the following webpage:

How to Apply:
Complete the on-line application form at Attach to the application your Research Proposal and, where relevant, a written sample of your previous research work (for example your Masters Dissertation or Project).

The Closing Date for Applications is 31 October 2017. 

The start date is 1 April 2018.

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