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PhD Studentship: in Productivity and Efficiency Analysis

Loughborough University

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Loughborough
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £14,777 per annum for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate.
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 8th November 2018
Closes: 7th December 2018
Reference: SBE-VP18

Application details:

Start date of studentship: 1st April 2019

Interview date: TBC


Primary supervisor: Professor Victor Podinovski

Secondary supervisor: TBC

The School of Business and Economics invites applications for a PhD studentship in the area of productivity and efficiency analysis. During your PhD studies you will enjoy an excellent research environment and work closely with the internationally recognised team of academics and doctoral students in the Centre for Productivity and Performance (CPP). The wide research agenda of the CPP includes theoretical, methodological and practical aspects of evaluating, understanding, incentivising and improving the productivity and efficiency of firms, the public sector and other organisations.

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014). In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Doctoral College, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career.

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Applicants should have a strong background in one of the following areas: management science, operational research, statistics, economics or mathematics. The applicants are also expected to have studied linear programming and other optimization methodologies in their previously completed degrees.

The successful candidate will undertake theoretical and/or applied efficiency and productivity research, in particular in the nonparametric area of data envelopment analysis. Different theoretical and methodological topics are available depending on the interests of the applicant and will be discussed with the potential supervisors. Typically, the theoretical work would contribute to the development of modelling methodologies applicable to different types of organisational structure, assessment scenarios and types of data. Application-oriented work would put the problem context at the centre of research, aiming to apply and extend existing methodologies for the analysis of organisational performance and formulation of relevant policy implications. Suggested areas of application include but are not restricted to energy, water, health, banking and the public services.

The successful applicant will become a member of a thriving international research community and will be supervised by the academics in the CPP. Applicants are encouraged to discuss their interests and research agenda with Victor Podinovski (, before applying.

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Entry requirements:

UK Masters degree (with average programme mark of no less than 65%) or International equivalent. English Language requirement of IELTS band 7.0 or above with not less than 7.0 in each component.

Funding information:

The studentship provides a tax free stipend of £14,777 per annum for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. International (non EU) students may apply however the total value of the studentship will be used towards the cost of the International tuition fee.

Contact details:

Name: Professor Victor Podinovski

Email address:

Telephone number: 01509 228377

How to apply:

All applications should be made online at Under programme name, select Business School

Please quote reference number: SBE-VP18

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