PhD Studentship: Knowledge Transfers Within and Across Innovation and Entrepreneurship Ecosystems

University of Southampton - Department of Strategy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Centre for Inclusive and Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Globally, governments put increasing emphasis on leveraging public investments in universities and other knowledge exchange organizations in order to stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship for socio-economic development. This entails development of effective innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystems. Ecosystems are defined as the union of localised cultural outlooks, social networks, investment capital, universities, and active economic policies that create supportive environment for knowledge transfers and new venture development (Spigel, 2015). A relational perspective to knowledge transfers and ecosystems entails identification of key categories of attributes, major players and stakeholders that constitute an ecosystem. Furthermore, a comparative approach will be necessary to delineate the different ways in which knowledge transfers emerge, change over time and influence the entrepreneurship process is critical.

The Centre for Inclusive and Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Innovation is interested in candidates willing to address some of the most prominent and challenging debates in this field. Supervisors are particularly interested in applications addressing one or more of the following aspects of research:

  • Innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystems debates
  • University-industry collaboration in developing countries
  • Knowledge transfers and impact on regional, national development
  • Role of technology transfer offices in driving entrepreneurial universities in developing countries
  • Socio-technical debates and knowledge transfers

Research in this subject area is currently undertaken by members of the Department of Strategy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the related Centre for Inclusive and Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Please ensure that in the online application form you enter in the dedicated spaces:

  • The title of the research area: “Knowledge transfers within and across innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystems”

For funding, that you wish to be considered for the 2018/2019 Faculty PGR Scholarship.

Further Information:

  • 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.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be informed of interview arrangements between February and March 2018.
  • The awards will be allocated by end of April, with the outcome being communicated to the candidates in May.

If you wish to discuss any details of the studentship informally, please contact:

For specific research subject enquiries (i.e. research proposal):

For general programme enquiries:

For general administrative enquiries (i.e. submission of the application online, documents required, deadlines, etc.)

  • Postgraduate Research Admissions, Faculty of Business, Law and Art, Email: Telephone: +44(0)23 8059 2562.

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

PhD Business Studies & Management: 

Please mention reference FBLA-BUS-013 in the scholarship section of your application.

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