PhD Scholarship: “Impact of Science on Policy Making: Understanding the User Side”

The University of Manchester - Alliance Manchester Business School

Alliance Manchester Business School is committed to recruiting the highest calibre PhD 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 is open to Home (UK/EU) candidates and offers three years’ funding, including tuition fees and a stipend of approximately £15,000 per year for candidates wishing to commence 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

Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIoIR) seeks to recruit a highly motivated individual to study the impact of scientific research on policy. The project focuses on the conditions for impact on the side of the user of scientific knowledge, presently a neglected perspective. The project will develop novel theoretical combinations on knowledge uptake and use, from neo-institutional, management and organisational perspectives.

The position is part of the OSIRIS research centre: a collaboration between MIoIR, the University of Oslo and INGENIO-CSIC Spain. The PhD will develop a unique conceptual framework, conduct case studies to study unfolding processes of impact in selected institutional settings and support a survey of users, with the opportunity to exploit data for the thesis. Integrated within the OSIRIS centre and the MIoIR research group working on the dynamics of science and universities, innovation policy and innovation in firms, the PhD will have an excellent environment for development.

The candidate will be supervised by Prof. Jakob Edler and Kate Barker.

Keywords: impact, science, evidence, policy, management, organisation

Entry Requirements

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

We seek candidates with a background in science and technology studies, politics, sociology, management or organisational studies, and experience in qualitative research.

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 Science, Technology & Innovation Policy 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: 30th March 2018

Enquiries

For further details about the project, please contact Prof. Jakob Edler at jakob.edler@manchester.ac.uk.

For questions related to making your application, please contact Lynne Barlow-Cheetham in the Doctoral Programmes Office: mbs-pgresearch@manchester.ac.uk

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PhD

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