White Rose Doctoral Training Centre, ESRC Collaborative Studentship

University of Sheffield - Journalism Studies

The Department of Journalism Studies (http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/journalism/index) is now advertising a funded ESRC White Rose DTP Collaborative Studentship based at the University of Sheffield. Applications are invited for a PhD Studentship entitled ‘UN Peacekeeping missions: the contested role of UN Media in post-conflict reconstruction contexts. A case study of Democratic Republic of Congo’.

This PhD studentship is a collaboration between Fondation Hirondelle, Lausanne, Switzerland and the University of Sheffield’s Centre for Freedom of the Media (CFOM).  The project focuses on how media in general can be (re)built in such a way as to facilitate conflict resolution and civil repair in post-conflict contexts. The study will focus on radio in the Democratic Republic of Congo and how the UN peacekeeping mission in DRC (MONUSCO) ran its radio station, Radio Okapi in collaboration with Fondation Hirondelle, a media development agency, from 2002 to 2014. The focus of the research will be on (a) the differences between UN policy documents and practice ‘on the ground’, (b) how the collaboration between the UN, partners and local actors can be improved and their different expectations reconciled, as well as (c) understanding the role the media can play in facilitating peace and reconciliation in post-conflict environments and in turn how the factual mass media’s role as a key civil institution guaranteeing the autonomy of civil society can be protected. The successful student will undertake a three-month secondment at Fondation Hirondelle (Lausanne, Switzerland) in the second year of the PhD.

Supervisors:    Principle supervisor: Professor Jackie Harrison, Chair of Centre for Freedom of the Media (CFOM), Department of Journalism Studies

                        Co-Supervisor Dr Simon Rushton, Department of Politics

                        Co-Supervisor Dr Stef Pukallus, Department of Journalism Studies

                        Collaborative Supervisor:  Sacha Meuter, Legal and Policy Advisor, Research

                        Coordinator, Fondation Hirondelle, Lausanne, Switzerland.

Enquiries:

Interested candidates should in the first instance contact

Principle supervisor: Professor Jackie Harrison, Email j.harrison@sheffield.ac.uk

and Dr Simon Rushton, Email simon.rushton@sheffield.ac.uk

  • This studentship is eligible only for EU/ UK students and any of these who have not been resident in the UK for the three years prior to their start date will be eligible for a Fees award only. UK applicants will be eligible for a full award (paying fees and maintenance at standard Research Council rates. The stipend RCUK rates for 2018/19 ESRC studentships are: Fees £4,260, Stipend £14,777 per annum. A Research Training Support Grant (RSTG) is also available.
  • EU applicants are normally eligible for a fees only award, unless they have been resident in the UK for 3 years immediately preceding the date of the award.

The studentship will commence in September 2018

The successful candidate will be located in Sheffield but would need to live in Switzerland for the studentship period and be prepared to go on a field trip to Democratic Republic of Congo.

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