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PhD Scholarship: Work & Employment Relations (Broadly Defined)

University of Limerick - Kemmy Business School

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Limerick - Ireland
Funding for: EU Students
Funding amount: €1,000
£843.50 converted salary* stipend per month for years one to four on a full time basis and covers EU level fees
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 13th March 2020
Closes: 1st May 2020

Applications are invited for a full-time 4 year PhD scholarship commencing Sep/Oct 2020 in the area of work and employment relations, to be supervised by Professor Tony Dundon. The candidate will develop their specific proposal and areas of interest include, but not limited to: new technology and skills; the role of trade unions and union organising in the gig-economy; employment and digital labour platforms; social dialogue and worker voice for freelance/digital platform workers; and/or questions of employment regulation under new modes of capitalism.

Literatures of interest to candidates may include those that question the many claims about the future of work destroying jobs (see Spencer, 2017); the re-shaping of skill and labour power (see Thompson, 2019); the role of the state in (de)regulating worker rights (see Bales et al, 2018; Taylor,  2019); digital labour platform types (see Howcroft and Bergvall-Kareborn, 2019); labour market precarity (Rubery et al, 2019); emerging questions of voice yet also how employees are coerced into ‘silence’ (see Hickland et al, 2020); and a re-evaluation of disciplinary boundaries to study and examine such developments in the field of employment and HRM (see Godard, 2014; Dundon and  Rafferty, 2018; Budd, 2020; Kaufman, 2020). References available here

Applications are invited from candidates with Degrees / Master’s degrees that have a knowledge base in industrial relations, labour process, sociology of work, labour law, heterodox economics, critical management, human resources, social psychology, and/or employment regulation.

The scholarship will cover EU level fees and a stipend of €1,000 per month for years one to four on a full time basis. Scholarship holders are expected to undertake a limited amount of formative academic duties in addition to pursuing their doctoral studies.

Application Procedure

Applicants should hold a minimum 2.1 first degree and preferably a Masters qualification in a relevant discipline area and have a strong interest in the areas of work and employment studies described above. Applicants should submit the following:

  • A completed application form (downloaded here)
  • A 2000 word research proposal (e.g. research questions/aims, literature review, methodology, potential research impacts)
  • a full CV, including the names and addresses of two referees

Applications should be sent by email to: Rebecca Gachet, Kemmy Business School,

Shortlisted candidates may be invited to interview.

Informal inquires may be made to Professor Tony Dundon (

Closing date for receipt of applications is 5 pm on Friday, May 1st 2020.

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