PhD Studentship: Social sustainability and digital inclusion

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

Southampton Business School has studentships available for postgraduate research students admitted full-time onto its PhD programme and commencing their studies in October 2018. 

Social sustainability is the ability of a social system to function at a defined level of social well-being in a sustainable manner. It entails social inclusion of all parts of communities, including marginalised groups such as women, ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, young or older age people and LGBTI individuals. It relates to social empowerment of individuals in communities. In an increasingly digitised social and economic realms, digital inclusion has become crucial for promoting and fostering social sustainability. Digital inclusion has been highlighted to address issues of opportunity, access, knowledge, and skill at the level of policy and practice. While there have been attempts mostly at policy level for digital inclusion, the link between social sustainability and digitally inclusive communities has not been well-researched.

The Centre for Inclusive and Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Innovation is interested in candidates willing to address the following aspects of research:

  • Social and digital entrepreneurship and the sustainability debates
  • Digital inclusion agenda and sustainable entrepreneurship
  • Sharing economy and its applications in developing world
  • Digital entrepreneurship and implications for social sustainability
  • Impact of digital inclusion on empowerment of communities and social sustainability

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: “Social sustainability and digital inclusion”
  • For funding, that you wish to be considered for the 2018/2019 Faculty PGR Scholarship
  • 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.

Contact Details for applicant

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.

How to apply

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

PhD Business Studies & Management: 

Please mention reference FBLA-BUS-014 in the scholarship section of your application.

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