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PhD Studentship: The International Linkages of Capitalist Growth Models

Loughborough University

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: London
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £17,285 p.a. stipend (subject to yearly review)
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 19th February 2021
Closes: 20th May 2021
Reference: LUL/2021/IIM

Application details:

Reference number:  LUL/2021/IIM

Start date: October 2021

Closing date: 20/5/21

Interview date: TBC


Institute for International Management


Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014). The Institute for International Management (IIM) is part of Loughborough University London – an interdisciplinary school with seven institutes. Loughborough University London is located in Queen Elisabeth Olympic Park near Hackney Wick, East London, one of the ‘up and coming’ areas of London.

At the IIM we are an interdisciplinary team of academics who do cutting edge research in the area of International Business and Comparative Management with a focus on developing countries. Our team of leading academics works on topics such as the internationalisation of firms, comparative Human Resource Management (HRM), and political activities of firms in Emerging markets (

We have a strong culture of collaboration with colleagues in other institutions within the UK and beyond. This particular project is related to an ongoing collaboration with De Montfort University Leicester.

Project Detail:

The successful candidate is expected to formulate a research project that fits under the broad theme of “The International Linkages of Capitalist Growth Models.“

The Growth Models Perspective (GMP) (Baccaro & Pontusson 2016) is a recent development in the area of comparative political economy and has shifted back the focus from the dominant institutional supply-side an micro-economic factors in explaining economic development (Hall & Soskice 2001) towards demand-side factors.

What is not well-studied from this perspective is how national growth models are inserted in the world economy. Very few comparative political economists using the GMP have explicitly investigated and theorised the international insertion of national growth models. Some scholars in International Political Economy (IPE) have focused on the nature of value chains to understand the place of developing growth models their international context (Nölke & Vliegenthart 2009), others have drawn on Dependency Theory to bring in the international aspect (Scheiring 2019). Yet, much more work is needed in this area. We envisage the successful candidate for this studentship to make a significant contribution to this endeavour by bringing together the IPE and the CPE literatures. Candidates with a background in both disciplines and with quantitative skills are particularly welcomed.

Find out more:

Information about the research agenda of the Institute for International Management can be found here:

For informal enquiries please contact Dr Gerhard Schnyder (

Entry requirements:

We welcome applications from good students with an honours degree (2:1 or above) and a master’s degree in any area of the social sciences and with a passion for doing research on such topics. Successful applicants are normally expected to have obtained a distinction or very high merit on their master’s degree (or overseas equivalent).

Funding information:

The studentship is for three years and include fees and stipend for UK/EU students, and fees only for overseas students. The studentships are currently at £4,407 p.a. for fees and £17,285 p.a. stipend (subject to yearly review).

Contact details:

Name: Dr Gerhard Schnyder

Email address:

How to apply:

All applications should be made online at  Under programme name, select International Management. Please remember to include your CV, postgraduate, and undergraduate transcripts, as well as a short research proposal outlining your intended PhD research.

Please quote reference number: LUL/2021/IIM

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