Leverhulme Research Project Grant “Investigating the Ethics and Politics of Sociability”

University of Warwick - Department of Philosophy

The Department of Philosophy at the University of Warwick is one of the most highly regarded Philosophy departments in the UK. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, we ranked first in the UK for the quality of our research and fourth overall, with over 90% of the research published by our staff in books and journal articles over a six-year period from 2008 assessed as being ‘internationally excellent’ or ‘world leading’.

We are pleased to invite applications for a full-time PhD Studentship in moral and political philosophy to commence in October 2018. The studentship is part of the “Investigating the Ethics and Politics of Sociability” project led by Professor Kimberley Brownlee and funded by the Leverhulme Trust.


The successful candidate will write their thesis under the supervision of Professor Brownlee. Applicants are invited to be creative in preparing their research proposal. The successful candidate will demonstrate how their proposed PhD thesis aligns with the broad objectives of the Sociability Project. All relevant details about the Project’s aims and objectives can be found at the Project website.

The successful candidate will conduct a comprehensive literature review on philosophical debates related to sociability (such as communitarianism, integration, affiliation, relational autonomy, and flourishing), which will inform his/her doctoral thesis and support the project aims more broadly. The successful candidate will also review the psychological and neuroscientific literature on loneliness in collaboration with Professor Brownlee and with guidance from the expert advisory panel.

Additionally, the successful candidate will be expected to co-author at least one article with Professor Brownlee, jointly author an encyclopaedia entry on social rights, and contribute to organizing an international conference and journal special issue.

Applications are invited from any candidates who meet the normal application criteria for a PhD in Philosophy at Warwick, and whose research proposal meets the project aims specified on the Philosophy website. We particularly welcome applications from female candidates and candidates from a minority ethnic background.  Overseas fee-paying applicants will be considered, but please note that the studentship will only cover tuition fees up to the Home/EU rate.

How to apply

Applicants should read the full studentship description online in the first instance; expressions of interest should be sent to Professor Brownlee directly. Applicants must complete a full PhD application as specified on the Philosophy website, complete a separate application available on the studentship page, and submit all supporting documents including academic references no later than Friday 19 January 2018.

Queries may be sent directly to Professor Brownlee at: k.brownlee@warwick.ac.uk

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