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Gender Equality and the Sustainable Development Goals: Improving Measures of Progress

University of Birmingham - Birmingham Law School

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Birmingham
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: Full payment of tuition fees at UK Research Councils UK/EU fee level (£4,320 in 2019/20*), to be paid by the University
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 5th February 2019
Closes: 31st March 2019

This PhD project is one of 23 projects advertised as part of the Global Challenges Scholarship Scheme.

With 193 countries committed to the UN’s Agenda 2030, global development policy is now dominated by the framework of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their corresponding targets. This project is focused on the relationship between two goals in particular: SDG 5 (gender equality) and SDG 16 (peace, justice, and strong institutions). By focusing on one in-depth country case study of the intersection between SDG 5 and 16 (to be determined based on applications), the project will:

  1. Ascertain the extent to which existing indicators for SDG 16 adequately measure the gendered components of peace, justice, and strong institutions.
  2. Propose alternative, participatory indicators for SDG16, more attentive to gender equality and to the inter-sectional nature of gendered disadvantage.

The PhD candidate will:

  • Have an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard (or equivalent) as well as a Masters degree with Merit or Distinction. At least one of these will be in law, legal studies, development, or a related discipline.
  • Have proven research experience in gender and development in the country case study proposed.
  • Have evidence of capacity for cross-disciplinary research.
  • Have proven capacity to work independently
  • Have experience of working in, or knowledge of, a country in sub-Saharan Africa or Latin America.
  • Be able to justify why their proposed country case study fits this project.
  • Be able and willing to carry out interviews in the country
  • Have the relevant language skills required for interviews
  • Have excellent written communication skills in English, with an overall ILETS score of 7 and a minimum ILETS score of 6.7 in individual components (where relevant).
  • Be available to commence full-time academic studies in the UK at the beginning of October 2019.
  • Experience in volunteering or work in the third sector, especially in the NGO sector, is welcome.

Additional Funding Information

An annual tax-free doctoral stipend at UK Research Councils UK/EU rates (£14,999 for 2019/20*), to be paid in monthly instalments to the Global Challenges scholar by the University; the tenure of the award can be for up to 3.5 years (42 months). 
*Confirmation of fees/stipend is expected in January 2019.

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