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David Goldman PhD Scholarship - Robots, Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Work: A Zero-Sum Game?

Newcastle University - Business School

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: Estimated rate of £14,777 in 2018/19
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 5th October 2018
Closes: 21st November 2018
Reference: NUBS002

Value of award

100% fees at the UK/EU rate and an annual stipend (estimated rate of £14,777 in 2018/19). International students will have to pay a top up in fees between home rate and international rate.

Number of awards: 1

Start date and duration:

21 January 2019 for 3 years.


The scholarship is offered to a student undertaking a PhD in Business Innovation focussed on research into the Future of Work and starting their studies in 2018/19. It is available to someone with a very strong academic background and research focus in a discipline area from one of the Newcastle University Business School Subject Groups.

Robots (from now on, to include AI) will lead to short term disruption but will also pave the way to a golden future. But most other technological revolutions have shifted the balance between the skilled and semi-skilled and this is likely to happen with robots. So, whilst on aggregate there may be no problem, some will lose and others gain. Thus, two research issues emerge; either:

1. Robots will increase inequality, but not unemployment


2. Robots will increase inequality AND unemployment.

The project will begin by looking at what is happening to different occupations. Which are losing jobs and which are gaining jobs; which are seeing wage increases, wage stagnation or wage declines. What is happening to the age structure of different occupations, i.e. where are the young going. And geographically - are rural areas gaining at the expense of urban areas?

It would then investigate the skill mix. Are the middle skilled occupations losing jobs and wages? Or is it the low skilled? What is happening to the high skilled and which high skilled occupations, which low skilled etc? More detailed knowledge is needed.

Empirically, the project would focus on UK and European survey data (e.g. labour force survey). Particular focus would be on Germany.


The David Goldman family.

Name of supervisor(s)

John Sessions, Newcastle University Business School.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants should have a good Honours degree (first-class or upper-second-class Honours) in an area related to the proposed field of study. Additionally, you must possess, or expect to receive by Autumn 2018, a Master’s-level qualification, preferably at ‘‘distinction’ level in a relevant subject area. 

UK/EU and international candidates may apply. If English is not your first language, you must have IELTS 7.0 (with minimum of 6.5 in the writing, and a 6.0 in all other sub-skills). 

The studentship holder may also have the opportunity to undertake a small amount of teaching within the school. Payment for this will be at a standard hourly rate.

How to apply

Please apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system by ‘Create a new account’.

Complete mandatory fields and include the following information:

  • insert programme code 8240F in programme of study section 
  • select 'PhD Newcastle University Business School (full time) - Business’ as programme of study 
  • insert studentship code NUBS002 in studentship/partnership reference field 
  • submit full and detailed CV, an outline research proposal of around 1,000 – 2,000 words and a personal statement of around 500 words which sets out your reasons for applying.
  • attach degree transcripts and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualifications.


Email enquires to Carolyn Watkin.

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