PhD Scholarship: “Modern-day Slavery: Accountability in Supply Chains and Procurement Processes”

The University of Manchester - Alliance Manchester Business School

Alliance Manchester Business School is committed to recruiting the highest calibre Ph.D. students from across the globe. With an excellent international reputation, we strive to produce graduates and researchers of distinction who attain the highest standards of academic excellence, contribute to their disciplines and typify Original Thinking Applied.

This PhD scholarship offers three years’ funding, including tuition fees and a stipend of approximately £15,000 per year for candidates wishing to commence their studies in September 2018.  The successful candidate will also receive a generous research support and conference allowance.  You will also have access to a robust doctoral research training programme, dedicated research resources, training in transferable skills, visiting speaker seminar programme, and associate with existing research centres and groups. In addition, all students are encouraged to undertake training and development in teaching and deliver teaching and/or research assistantship duties on a paid basis to further enhance their experience in preparation for their future careers.

The Project

The UK Modern Slavery Act, introduced in 2015, calls for companies to account for their involvement in modern slavery. In particular, the Transparency provision (s.54) requires organisations with a global annual turnover of £36m, operating any part of their business in the UK, to state annually what steps they are taking to address modern slavery in any part of their supply chains or their own business. This provision attempts to positively impact on corporates role in advancing human rights by prescribing practical ways of integrating slavery-related concerns within enterprise risk management system.

Further research is needed to understand the role of corporations in tackling modern slavery within their global value chains, and the major shift in the relationship between corporations and society based on new models of global governance.

The project will be based in the Business & Human Rights Catalyst, a multidisciplinary research initiative based in AMBS.  The Business and Human Rights Catalyst is one of the first human rights programmes worldwide to be hosted in a business school. It aims, through world-leading research and policy recommendations, to have a real impact on the rights of some of the most vulnerable people in society.

Entry Requirements

Applications for this project are sought from exceptional UK, EU and international students with an outstanding academic background.

Applicants must have a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree (or equivalent) and hold or expect to obtain a Masters level qualification with Distinction. English Language requirements (where required) are IELTS 7.0, TOEFL 623 (100 ibt), PTE 66.

How to apply

Candidates should submit a PhD application for the PhD Accounting & Finance programme and indicate that they wish to be considered for this project.

Your application must contain a letter of interest outlining your background, interest and research skills related to the topic, understanding of the project, and how you satisfy the requirements described above.

Candidates are strongly advised to submit their application as early as possible. Candidates who do not submit the required supporting documents by the deadline will not be considered.

Application deadline: 31st January 2018


For further details about the project, please contact Prof. Kenneth McPhail at or Dr. Lara Bianchi at  

For questions related to your application, contact Lynne Barlow-Cheetham:

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