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PhD Studentship: Global Challenges Research Fund

University of Westminster - Graduate School

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: London
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: Home/EU/Overseas rate of fee and £16,777 for maintenance
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 29th March 2019
Closes: 10th May 2019

The University of Westminster is pleased to offer up to six Studentships for prospective PhD researchers starting in September 2019. The awards cover both UK/EU as well as overseas fee-paying students. Located in the heart of London, the University has an active research culture to which our well-established doctoral research programmes make vital contributions. Applications are invited for studentships that will cover the Home/EU/Overseas rate of fee and maintenance of £16,777 per year for three years of full-time study.

These Studentships are aligned to the priorities of the Global Challenges Research Fund and thus seek to support and promote research whose impact is beyond academia. This funding must be used for research activities that directly and primarily benefit the economic and social problems faced by developing countries on the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC) list. A list of DAC counties is available here: https://www.oecd.org/dac/financing-sustainable-development/development-finance-standards/DAC_List_ODA_Recipients2018to2020_flows_En.pdf

The call is for proposals to work on a doctoral project within the area of expertise of one of the academics listed below. When developing a proposal applicants along with the prospective supervisor are encouraged to consider how the project may draw upon expertise available across the University’s four newly formed research communities, Arts, Communication and Culture, Diversity and Inclusion, Health Innovation and Wellbeing, and Sustainable Cities and the Urban Environment.

Professor Dibyesh Anand (https://www.westminster.ac.uk/about-us/our-people/directory/anand-dibyesh): Political and developmental challenges in conflict regions including those inhabited by stateless nations; majoritarianism and marginalisation; Rights based movements; Sexuality in global South.

Dr Ipshita Basu (https://www.westminster.ac.uk/about-us/our-people/directory/basu-ipshita): Urban politics in the developing world; development-induced displacement and developmental refugees; and the policy and politics of redistributive justice.

Dr Alastair Barr (https://www.westminster.ac.uk/about-us/our-people/directory/barr-alastair): Physical activity/sedentary behaviour using wrist-worn accelerometers, cardiovascular disease risk factors in Egypt, and digital behaviour change interventions.

Dr Pascale Gerbault (https://www.westminster.ac.uk/about-us/our-people/directory/gerbault-pascale): Improving the health of children and adults in rural communities in Ghana by screening, diagnosing and treating the treponematoses yaws and syphilis.

Dr Aidan Hehir (https://www.westminster.ac.uk/about-us/our-people/directory/hehir-aidan):  Critical examination of Kosovo in terms of statebuilding, transitional justice, and the impact of the 1999 intervention on peace and security domestically, and/or the practice of “humanitarian intervention” since. 

Dr Nitasha Kaul (https://www.westminster.ac.uk/about-us/our-people/directory/kaul-nitasha): Critical geopolitics and political/developmental challenges in the Himalayan regions (especially Bhutan); nationalist and neoliberal dynamics in the postcolonial global South; democracy and identity in India and Pakistan; the role of collective trauma and the politics of competing victimhood in conflict perpetuation and resolution; material and discursive constraints on peace-building in Kashmir.

Professor Andrew Linn (https://www.westminster.ac.uk/about-us/our-people/senior-management/professor-andrew-linn):  Language policy-making and language planning, particularly but not solely in Higher Education; lived experience of using English in parts of the world where English is not an official language.

Professor Catherine Loveday (https://www.westminster.ac.uk/about-us/our-people/directory/loveday-catherine): Compassion and development; examination of a conflict area (e.g. Tibet/China) to develop new insights into the importance of personal belongings as memory scaffolding among people who have become displaced (including refugees), applying pioneering, collaborative, multidisciplinary research to understand the role of meaningful belongings in the lives, memories, and subsequent coping strategies and social connections that people make.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact the potential supervisor and if they are interested, seek their advice in working on the proposal, including its fieldwork component by 3 May 2019. The prospective supervisor will advise which specific MPhil/PhD programme to apply for. The final application must be made through UCAS by 10 May 2019. The interviews will be held in the week beginning 3rd June.

If an applicant is already being considered within the University for a PhD programme starting in September 2019 and their project fits within the areas of expertise outlined above, they may rework their proposal in discussion with the prospective supervisor and submit that to be eligible.

   
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