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PhD Studentships in the Faculty of Business and Law

University of Northampton

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Northampton
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £14,777 per annum plus £1,000 (cumulative) as a research expenses budget to support travel and conference attendance.
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 10th January 2019
Closes: 28th January 2019

The Faculty of Business and Law is looking to build on the University of Northampton’s distinctive values around social impact and the location of its new £330 million campus in the heart of Northampton by encouraging world quality research in areas that will have a strong local impact. As part of this initiative, the Faculty is delighted to announce four fully funded PhD studentships. These posts will add to the Faculty’s growing Postgraduate Student community, comprising both PhDs and DBAs. Currently we have 32 students enrolled on the PhD programme, four of whom are also on PhD studentships.

The University of Northampton is committed to research that not only generates new knowledge, but is also designed to help improve people’s lives and the environment. This social impact philosophy was recognised in 2013 when we were the first university in the UK to achieve AshokaU Changemaker Campus status. The University also has a strong reputation for supporting our doctoral students which was recognised in positive feedback in the Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) that saw the University placed fourth out of all UK universities in the Overall Satisfaction category

Towards a Sustainable Social Enterprise Ecosystem: multi-level involvement and strategies (STU19001)

This project will explore how different types of social enterprises have been involved in the process of building a social enterprise ecosystem in Northamptonshire, and compare this with other regional ecosystems in the UK. The two keys aims are, therefore; to assess different social enterprise ecosystem types in England (including Northamptonshire) from multiple stakeholders’ perspectives; and to develop future policies and guidelines that encourage the sustainable development of a social enterprise ecosystem that reflects local environmental factors.

Specific Project entry requirements:

Applications should have a demonstrable interest in social innovation or social enterprise and a relevant qualification.  

Supervisory Team:

Professor Richard Hazenberg, Institute of Social Innovation and Impact

Dr. Jieun Ryu, Faculty of Business and Law -

Dr. Katerina Thomas, Faculty of Business and Law

Harnessing alternative economic growth in Northamptonshire: Learning from the eco-innovation of small businesses in the UK and developing countries (STU19002)

The project is based around the ideas of slow growth, alternative growth and ‘de-growth’. It seeks to understand ways in which practices in other parts of the UK and in the developing world have led to highly successful alternative economic pathways. Northampton itself is part of the Transition Town Network (TTN) which began in the UK in 2006 and has since spread across the globe. TTN aims to create thriving, healthy and caring local communities that are economically and ecologically sustainable, and in doing so strengthen economic resilience.The purpose of this research to gain insight to create strategies for a local USP based on innovation, sustainability and ecological citizenship.

Specific Project entry requirements:

Applications should have a demonstrable interest in the academic discourses around alternative growth from a socio-economic or anthropological perspective, and a relevant qualification.

Supervisory Team:

Dr Angela Rushton, Faculty of Business and Law

Dr Alison Hulme, Faculty of Business and Law -

Dr Fabrice Flipo, Institut Mines-Telecom Business School (External)

Barriers and enablers of cyber resilience in SMEs (STU19003)  

To develop a comprehensive knowledge management system that will explore best practices, approaches and training on tackling cyber and cyber-enabled crimes among small and medium enterprises. This will include identifying new sources of data to understand the full nature of these crimes and develop a system that can pave the way for SME’s to devise cyber strategies that reduce both technological and organisational vulnerability as well as improved policing of cyber crime and cyber criminals. This research is of particular relevance for Northamptonshire with its SME based economy.

Specific Project entry requirements:

Applicants should have qualifications in a related discipline, such as cyber security management or business information systems

Supervisory team:

Dr Amin Hosseinian-Far, Faculty of Business and Law -

Dr Dilshad Sarwar, Faculty of Business and Law  

Exploring family business succession from the successors perspective (STU19004)

Succession is one of the most important issues for family firms and critical to their very survival. Despite this many family businesses find themselves unprepared for the transition whether planned or unplanned. Moreover the perspective of the successor is largely overlooked and under researched. This project looks to develop a more holistic understanding of succession by exploring the successor’s perspective and in this way help support the sustainability and continuity of family firms. In Northamptonshire family businesses have been at the heart of the county’s economy for generations and so provides a rich context for study.

Specific Project entry requirements:

Applicants should have qualifications in a related discipline, such as entrepreneurship, management or business.

Supervisory team:

Dr Rebecca Fakoussa, Faculty of Business and Law –

Dr Yan Wang, Faculty of Business and Law  

Funding and application information:

Funding: The successful candidates will receive a tuition fee waiver and a bursary at UK research council rates (currently £14,777 per annum) plus £1,000 (cumulative) as a research expenses budget to support travel and conference attendance.

Duration of award: 3 years full time

Eligibility: Studentships are open to UK and international students.

Start Date: March 2019 and October 2019 (please state your preference on your application)

Deadline for applications: Monday 28 January 2019

Interviews: commencing Monday 4 February 2019

The successful candidates will have adequate knowledge of research methods and the ability to develop qualitative and/or quantitative approaches as required. The selected candidates will be required to attend conferences and publish academic papers during their period of funding.

Applications are welcomed from candidates with a recognised first or upper second class honours degree or Master’s degree from a UK university or International equivalent in a relevant subject area. Evidence of English Language proficiency (IELTS 7 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any element, or equivalent) is required if your first language is not English.

Additional Information: go to our Postgraduate Research Information page for more information on all of these opportunities

Informal enquiries: please email the relevant supervisor as listed above

To apply: go to our ‘How to Apply’ page for information. When applying, select ‘Academic Year 2018-19’ and use the unique reference code for the project you are interested in (STU19001 - STU19005) in the keyword search. For the studentships applicants are not required to prepare a research proposal but should use their personal statement to indicate their suitability for the post.

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