PhD Studentship - Building and Promoting Social Cohesion and Entrepreneurial Capacity through Community Creative and Cultural Projects

University of the Highlands and Islands - UHI Language Sciences Institute/Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI

Location: Isle of Skye

Supervisor: Prof. Conchúr Ó Giollagáin

Funding Status: Directly Funded Project

Application Deadline: Monday 7th May 2018, 5.00pm UK time

Creative industries are those based on individual creativity, skill and talent, including those that have the potential to create wealth and jobs through developing intellectual property. This PhD will examine how creative industries have contributed to the social cohesion of the communities from which this entrepreneurial creativity has emerged, reflecting the reflexive dynamic of individual prowess emerging from collective cultural capital and collective resources enriching individual capacity.

The research focus addresses the relationships between entrepreneurship, local community cultural norms and community creative projects, and assesses whether there is evidence that local community cultures determine entrepreneurial prevalence rates and attitudes to entrepreneurship across island and remote rural localities.

In addressing these research dimensions, the PhD will use a case-study method to assess comparative governance approaches to the management of cultural entrepreneurship in the context of Gaelic inheritance in the Highlands and Islands and aspects of the related developments in the creative industries centred on Nordic cultural inheritances.

In doing so, the PhD study will develop a research narrative that will identify how creative and cultural projects support an environment of ‘creative reconstruction’ that in turn enables and strengthens long-term social cohesion and the sustainable well-being of communities. In particular, the project will focus on the inter-related issues of linguistic and cultural heritage, the music industry and a sense of place as integral aspects of the cultural industries.

Therefore, the chief research question will examine to what extent the cultural dynamic between the marketisation of cultural products and the communal context from which these cultural assets emerge is reciprocal. The PhD entails a critical re-examination of the cultural industry discursive assumptions from the collective perspective of return-on-investment expectations among communities in which the cultural assets were generated.

The successful candidate will be supervised by a team of experienced academics from across the UHI partnership with expertise in the cultural and social dimensions of the project.

More information is available here

Funding Notes

This studentship is funded by the European Social Fund and Scottish Funding Council as part of Developing Scotland’s Workforce in the Scotland 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Fund Programme.

The studentship covers fees at the Home/EU rate only, plus a stipend at the RCUK level, for a total of 42 months (including writing-up).

Funding is available for students worldwide, however non UK/EU students will be liable for the difference between home/EU and international fees.

Students must be domiciled in the Highlands and Islands transition region during the course of their study to be eligible for funding.

The project is expected to start on 1 October 2018.

Applicants must possess a minimum of an Honours degree at 2:1 and/or a Master’s Degree (or International equivalent) in a relevant subject.

To apply please complete the standard application form, attaching supporting documentation and send to:

Informal project specific enquiries can be made to: Prof. Conchúr Ó Giollagáin


Project specific enquiries:

Professor Conchúr Ó Giollagáin, UHI Language Sciences Institute, Tel: +44 (0)1471 888558


General enquiries: Graduate School Office 01463 279 241,

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