PhD Studentship: “The Creative City”: Communities, Clusters, Collaborations

University of Southampton - Winchester School of Art - Transforming Creativity Research Group

The role of the creative industries in place-making and the identification and development of creative clusters have been of interest and research by academics (Florida; Luckman; Peck; Pratt), government and policy organisations (British Council; DCMS; Nesta; Skillset). These visions and strategies are in turn negotiated through a range of communities and collaborations (Hargreaves and Hartley) including with socially disadvantaged local communities.

We welcome prospective doctoral researchers wishing to pursue a critical examination of these issues in relation to the Southampton region. In 2003, Southampton launched its’ first cultural strategy “A World Within a City”, emphasising inclusion with reference to ‘socially disadvantaged communities’ and ‘closing the gap between the most deprived areas and the others’, and this continues to be a local priority as creative place-making and culture-led urban regeneration projects develop. Emphasising engagement with the creative and cultural industries across a range of scales, from the micro-entrepreneurial business to national arts organisations, we are keen to hear from prospective doctoral researchers on the theoretical perspectives and debates that could be used to critically examine how clusters, collaboration, diversity and identity operate and are made meaningful in everyday, local contexts.

Supervisors: Dr Dan Ashton and Dr Lipi Begum

  • The successful candidate will start on 1 October 2018. The scholarship will offer full tuition fee and maintenance funding for 3 years. The doctoral stipend for 2017/18 is currently £14,000.
  • This studentship is only available for full time programmes and is open to applicants from the UK, the EU and overseas.
  • As part of the application you will be required to submit a CV, research proposal, degree certificate and transcripts, two academic references and proof of English language proficiency.
  • The deadline for applications is 15 February 2018. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Interviews of shortlisted candidates are likely to take place in w/c 19 March 2018.
  • The awards will be allocated by end of April, with the outcome being communicated to the candidates in May.

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How to apply

To apply please follow the ‘Apply’ link on the following webpage:

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Please mention reference FBLA-ART-006 in the scholarship section of your application.

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