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PhD Studentship: Migration, work and organisations

Oxford Brookes University - The Centre for Business, Society and Global Challenges

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Oxford
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £16,000 pa
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 15th April 2019
Closes: 21st June 2019

Bursary: £16,000 pa (with no inflation increase)

Deadline: The closing date for applications is 21 June 2019 (12 Noon UK Time)

Interview date: Interviews will be held in week beginning the 8 July 2019

Start date: September 2019

Eligibility: Home/EU

Please note previous applicants need not apply again. 

The Centre for Business, Society and Global Challenges at the Oxford Brookes Business School, Oxford Brookes University is offering a studentship to an exceptional candidate seeking to study for a full time PhD in migration, work and organisations starting in September 2019. 

This full-time studentship, which includes a commitment of seminar teaching to undergraduate students, will be for 3 years, subject to satisfactory progress. The bursary will be £16,000 per annum, and fees will be paid by the School. 

The Project

Engaging in paid or unpaid work and transition in the labour market are often important in shaping migration trajectories and integration experiences for economic migrants and refugees. Current political, economic and social developments globally have introduced a variety of challenges for migrants and organisations – driving new forms of mobility whilst fundamentally changing the terms of engagement between actors and institutions. We are interested in examining how commercial and non-commercial organisations, and experiences of work within workplaces, shape migrants’ integration into the labour market, alongside their settlement more generally, as well as understanding the distinctive forms of migrant agency that are brought to bear upon these processes. Moreover, the study may also account for how other organisations, including civil society bodies, NGOs and state institutions, impact upon migrants’ entry into work, learning and development, and their broader adjustment to working in the host society, identifying both the scope and limitations for enabling migrant agency within these organisations. 

Applicants are expected to hold a good undergraduate degree and a good Master’s degree at merit level or above in a relevant area of the social sciences (e.g. organization studies, sociology, geography, anthropology or migration studies). Applicants should also be able to demonstrate strong research capabilities, preferably an experience of having conducted fieldwork, and be fluent in spoken and written English. 

We are looking to recruit a candidate of the highest quality and who is capable of submitting a PhD thesis within 3 years. Funding will cover the three year period subject to the candidate making satisfactory progress annually. PhD students will take part in the School’s PhD programme, which offers seminars and training on research methodology as well as a collegiate environment to present work in progress. 

Candidates interested in discussing their proposals can contact the supervisory team: Dr Peter Lugosi ( and Dr Tamsin Barber (

For more information about research in the Business School visit: 

How to apply: To request further details of how to apply, please email: 

Please ensure you quote Migration and work in the email title when applying.

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