PhD Studentship: Development of a Set of Analytical Tools for Regional Economic Policy Making

University of Birmingham - Birmingham Business School

Doctoral researchers should be capable of analysing a range of data using a range of quantitative techniques. They will be able to explain theories underlying different approaches to social science research. Doctoral researchers are expected to participate fully in the life of City-REDI, the Business School and more broadly across the University, attending academic and policy seminars, conferences and associated activities in order to gain exposure to new ideas emanating from outside their own area of specialisation.

Doctoral researchers may choose to become academics, work in Government, consultancy companies, businesses or supranational organisations. They are expected to achieve a substantial understanding of regional and national policy development enabling them to take a lead in ongoing debates within society. They will be aware of and understand the function of related institutions at sub-national, national and international levels.

We are looking for a candidate with a research masters degree in (international) economics, (international) business, labour economics, regional science or economic geography with a substantial knowledge of applied econometrics methods. Alternatively, students with a strong background in applied econometrics combined with a demonstrated interest in economics, geography and/or business are welcome to apply. Candidates should have some proven experience of working with official data and standard statistical and programming languages such as STATA or R. Candidates should have excellent marks for their courses and demonstrate competency in academic writing, in such a way that their competencies can be verified via their writings. Candidates should have good communication skills and be able to co-operate in a multi-disciplinary international team. The PhD positions will focus on regional economic systems. The student will make extensive use of macro and regional data with the ultimate aim of developing innovation in currently available regional and interregional economic models. Potential topics of the PhD are: regional innovation systems, regional labour markets, regional entrepreneurship ecosystems, economic resilience or inclusive growth.

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