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Three-year full-time funded PhD Studentship

Oxford Brookes University - Centre for Development and Emergency Practice (CENDEP)

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Oxford
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: Tuition fees plus 15,000 per annum stipend for three years and up to £7,300 for research support.
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 15th August 2018
Closes: 1st October 2018

Eligibility:        Home/EU and International Students

Bursary:           £15,000 per annum for three years for a stipend

Up to £7,300 for research support, including travel and subsistence for fieldwork

Fees:                Tuition fees will be paid by the University

Deadline:          1 October 2018

Interview date: 18 October 2018

Start date:        21 January 2019

“Leave no one behind: responding to long term development with less dependency on aid in humanitarian crisis: young people with disabilities as agents for change”

The Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment at Oxford Brookes University is pleased to offer a three-year, fully funded, full-time PhD studentship to a new student commencing in January 2019.

The successful candidate will work within the Centre for Development and Emergency Practice (CENDEP) under the supervision of Prof Cathrine Brun and her team and will collaborate closely with the Centre for Lebanese Studies (CLS) at the Lebanese American University (LAU) in Beirut, Lebanon.

Brief project description:

The sustainable development goals have the aim of leaving no-one behind. Based on CENDEP’s contribution to new guidelines for working with disability in humanitarian crises and its high levels of expertise in researching protracted refugee crises, the project seeks to explore new modes of increasing participation among persons with disabilities in Lebanon and the Middle East. For this purpose, we are calling for applicants who will conduct a doctoral research project on the theme of young people with disabilities as agents for change in the context of the current refugee crisis in Lebanon. A comparative project (with another country) could be accepted.

The PhD candidate will be working on this project part of a Disability Hub which Oxford Brookes University and the Centre for Lebanese Studies at LAU are in the process of establishing in Lebanon. The objective of the Disability Hub is to develop and implement a research and advocacy strategy into issues around disability, participation and representation of disabled persons in general but more specifically, those of a refugee and migrant background.

We expect that the successful candidate is willing to spend considerable time in Lebanon to conduct fieldwork in collaboration with the CLS.

We are seeking candidates with:

  • A good higher degree in Social Sciences and cognate disciplines
  • Experience of research on refugees or disabilities or both
  • Methodological insights in either qualitative or quantitative methods
  • Experience of teamwork
  • Excellent written and oral communication, organisational and time management skills
  •  A real passion and commitment for research and scholarship

Desirable selection criteria:

  • Experience in academic fieldwork, or field experience as a practitioner
  • Knowledge of Arabic Language

Together with a covering letter and CV you must submit a maximum 10-page research proposal.

Enquiries: Please email Prof Cathrine Brun

How to apply: For further information on how to apply, please email for an application pack, quoting “Development and Disability” in the subject line.

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