ESRC Graduate Studentship: Street Level Bureaucrats and Institutionalising Inclusive Development in Ecuador's Buen Vivir

University of Cambridge - Department of Geography

ESRC graduate studentship 'Street level bureaucrats and institutionalising inclusive development in Ecuador's Buen Vivir." This studentship concerns relations of governance, social difference and citizenship in the 21st century, especially with respect to public policy design and implementation to include the most marginal social groups.

The University of Cambridge ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) in collaboration with the Institute of Advanced National Studies (IAEN), Ecuador is pleased to announce a Knowledge Exchange Studentship available for admission in October 2018.

A full DTP Knowledge Exchange Studentship will cover fees and provide £14,553 p.a. in living costs (current rates). DTP students also receive a personal allowance for additional training costs, and can apply for further funding to pursue fieldwork, academic exchange, and collaboration with non-academic organisations.

The studentship will be supervised in the Department of Geography. The student will be supervised by a specialist in inclusive social development within the Department of Geography, Professor Sarah A. Radcliffe. Co-supervision will be provided by Dr Andrea Carrión at the Institute of Advanced National Studies (Instituto de Altos Estudios Nacionales, IAEN ( The studentship will be based at the University of Cambridge, but students will be expected to spend part of their time based at IAEN's Quito office in Ecuador; desk space and facilities will be provided.

The ESRC DTP is particularly keen to attract students who have cross-disciplinary interests and interest in doing research with non-academic collaborators. The successful candidate will be part of a wider University research cluster on Inequality, equity, justice, and economic growth. DTP Knowledge Exchange students will acquire a unique set of skills that will equip them for high-profile careers as leading social scientists, in academia or in other government, industrial, commercial and third sector organisations either in the UK or elsewhere. Applicants do not require proficiency in the Spanish language, as training will be provided if required.

If you have sufficient prior training, e.g. a Master's qualification and/or advanced training in social scientific and quantitative methods, you may be able to start a three-year doctoral programme straight away (3 years in total); alternatively, you may be encouraged to complete the Master's in Geographical Research first, before moving on to your doctorate (4 years in total). Whatever your level of prior training, the DTP will offer additional opportunities to enhance your methodological and professional skills base.

All DTP applicants follow the University's standard admission process. If making a PhD application, the application should include an outline research proposal describing the main ways in which a PhD might engage with the themes of socially-inclusive development and local-level development plans; this will form the basis of a discussion about the direction of the PhD. If making a MPhil application, the application should include a short outline of how your previous studies inform your understanding of the studentship.

Please go to our Graduate Admissions Portal: to start your application.

Please address any questions about this graduate studentship to Professor Sarah A. Radcliffe (

Please quote reference LC14100 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

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