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PhD Scholarship: How are Digital Platform Innovations Reconfiguring Urban Mobility Systems?

The University of Manchester - Sustainable Consumption Institute and IMP Division of the Alliance Manchester Business School

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Manchester
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £15,000 per year
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 28th January 2019
Closes: 29th March 2019

This PhD scholarship offers three years’ funding, including tuition fees and a stipend of approximately £15,000 per year for candidates wishing to commence their studies in September 2019.  The successful candidate will also receive a generous research support and conference allowance.  You will also have access to a robust doctoral research training programme, dedicated research resources, training in transferable skills, visiting speaker seminar programme, and associate with existing research centres and groups.

Students will benefit from the state-of-the art facilities at the newly refurbished Business School including a new Learning Resources Centre, Data Analytics Visualisation Lab and a Behavioural Economics and Strategic Management Laboratory.  In addition, all students are encouraged to undertake training and development in teaching and deliver teaching and/or research assistantship duties on a paid basis to further enhance their experience in preparation for their future careers.

The Project

The PhD will undertake research at the interface of innovation studies and urban studies that synthesises two debates: first, the emergence of digital platforms as a new business model; and second, urban transitions to sustainable mobility.

Digital platforms are mediating many areas of life and have often been understood through the lens of business models. It is cities, though, where many platforms are being experimented with. This appears to have implications for how urban services, such as mobility, energy, water and waste, are organised. This PhD will focus on mobility, where a large number of platforms, such as ride-hailing, journey planning and on-demand mobility services, are emerging. The successful applicant will undertake theoretically-informed case study research on how platforms are being experimented with in particular cities and the implications for urban mobility transitions.

The successful candidate will be supervised by Dr. Mike Hodson and Professor Andrew McMeekin, be based in the Sustainable Consumption Institute, and will also be a member of the IMP Division of the Alliance Manchester Business School.

Entry Requirements

Applications for this project are sought from exceptional UK, EU and international students with an outstanding academic background.

Applicants must have a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree (or equivalent) and hold or expect to obtain a Masters level qualification with Distinction. English Language requirements (where required) are IELTS 7.0, TOEFL 623 (100 ibt), PTE 66.

How to apply

Candidates should submit a PhD application for the PhD Business & Management and indicate that they wish to be considered for this project.

Your application must contain a 3000-word research proposal related to the topic.

Candidates are strongly advised to submit their application as early as possible. Candidates who do not submit the required supporting documents by the specific deadlines will not be considered.

Application deadline: 29th March 2019


For further details about the project, please contact Dr. Michael Hodson at

For questions related to making your application, please contact Lynne Barlow-Cheetham in the Doctoral Programmes Office:

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