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4 PhD Scholarships: De Montfort University - Faculty of Business and Law

De Montfort University - Faculty of Business and Law

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Leicester
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £15,609 stipend per annum
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 3rd June 2021
Closes: 21st June 2021

The Faculty of Business and Law, De Montfort University is proud to offer an exciting opportunity for talented candidates to further their research career by conducting research projects with some of our outstanding researchers in the faculty. We offer one fully-funded 3-year PhD scholarship for each of the four projects below, which will all commence on 1st October 2021. The stipend is pegged to the UKRI rate, currently at £15,609 per annum.

We are committed to diversity and inclusivity in providing this opportunity; any candidate who meets the requirements below is very much encouraged to apply. We realise that there is a short turnaround time for this opportunity so please feel free to contact the lead supervisor if you have any questions.

Applicants must:

  • Possess a UK Honours degree with at least an upper second class (or overseas equivalent), a Masters Degree or an academic or professional qualification plus experience in their sector or industry.
  • Demonstrate competence in the use of the English language.

How to apply:

Please go to the scholarships page for more details and the 2-stage process for applying for these scholarships:

Project 1: Global Production Network and Emission Control Targets

Project description

In a globalised world, economies are interlinked and so are environmental policies. This project challenges existing knowledge governing environmental policy design by asking the following question: how should a country set and implement an optimal emission control target and pathway in the presence of pollution and policy externalities which are transmitted through global supply chains? Combining insights from multiple disciplines including economics, environmental studies and supply chain management, this project aims to develop an adaptable analytical framework and conduct rigorous empirical analysis to unpack the black box of the working of emission control policies in a global production network. A key part of the investigation is to uncover the transmission mechanisms of pollution activities and emission control policies along the global supply chain. We expect the framework and empirical evidence produced out of this project to be applicable in various disciplinary settings, and importantly to be able to inform the design and implementation of environmental policies for national and regional governments.

Candidates must demonstrate strong background in quantitative skills training and willingness to learn advanced quantitative methods for theoretical modelling and statistical analysis. Candidates with economics, business and management, operational research, environmental studies degrees are preferred.

Lead Supervisor is Dr Zheng Wang (

Project 2: Decolonising Commodities: An Examination of Diversity and Social Justice in the Global Chocolate Industry

Project description

This exciting and original PhD project investigates how the notion of decolonisation can be applied to chocolate. There has been a lot of concern in recent years about farmer poverty, child labour and other problems in the global cocoa/chocolate supply chain and a plethora of initiatives have been put in place to try to address them. However, the effectiveness of many of these initiatives has been questioned. Furthermore, policymaking in this area is often characterised by top-down approaches, Western perspectives, and prejudiced media representations of farming communities. Based on qualitative research with stakeholders whose voices are less often heard in policymaking such as child workers, farming communities or independent craft chocolate makers, this PhD will provide an alternative strategic framework including visual and discursive insights for bringing about greater equity and social justice in the chocolate sector. In a practical sense, this could involve exploring alternative visual representations of farmers, the contribution farming communities can make to policymaking or whether lessons can be drawn from the craft chocolate market in order to create a more equitable/sustainable chocolate supply chain.

This position would be ideally suited to someone with a social science background and a strong interest in areas such as business ethics, supply chains, marketing, visual culture, ethics & strategy and/or international development. While training will be provided, we are particularly keen to recruit someone with a good understanding of/openness towards empirical research methods. Experience of the chocolate sector would be highly advantageous but not imperative.

Lead Supervisor is Dr Amanda Berlan (

Project 3: Breaking the Cycle of Immobility? Evaluating the Impact of Leicester’s E-bike Scheme on Urban Mobility

Project description

In 2021, the city of Leicester will inaugurate what will become the largest docked e-bike hiring facility in the UK. The £600,000 scheme, funded through the UK Department for Transport’s Transforming Cities Fund in partnership with the City Council and commercial sponsors, will ultimately see 500 electric bikes made available for public hire from 50 docking stations around the city. The scheme is designed to provide environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive and affordable mobility and seeks to increase uptake of active travel, including those who have traditionally not engaged with this form of transport. The aim of this studentship is to evaluate, using both quantitative and qualitative research techniques, the social impacts of the e-bike scheme on communities in Leicester. Applicants will require a degree in geography, transport, planning, engineering or related disciplines and have experience of handling both numerical and qualitative data.

Lead Supervisor is Dr Amarachi Amaugo (

Project 4: Feeling at Home? The Measurement and Implications of Ontological Security in Housing

Project description

Ontological security captures the extent to which a person feels safe and secure in the world, but the level of ontological security people feel may be greatly affected by their current housing circumstances. Drawing on lessons from politics, public policy, housing studies and psychology, this project seeks to provide an interdisciplinary person-in-context understanding of the effect of different housing tenures – particularly owning without a mortgage, owning with a mortgage, private renting, social renting, and very insecure accommodation/homelessness – on an individual’s and community’s levels of ontological security. The project will lead to the creation and publication of the first post-pandemic measurement instrument of ontological security. It will also consider the consequences of differing levels of ontological security, e.g., on lifelong wellbeing, diversity and social justice. It will do so using both quantitative and qualitative research methods. The project will lead to opportunities for both academic publications and engagement with practitioners.

We are seeking to recruit a social or behavioural scientist broadly defined, with an academic background in political science, psychology, or a cognate discipline. While training will be provided, we are particularly keen to recruit someone with a good understanding of empirical research methods.

Lead Supervisor is Dr Jonathan Rose -

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