Closing Date: 4pm Tuesday 28th March 2023
Applications are invited for a 3-year full-time ESRC North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (NWSSDTP) CASE PhD studentship for the qualitative interpretive project “Resisting bureau-medicalisation: The integration of ‘Spaces of Compassion’ with the Biomedical Healthcare Environment”, commencing October 2023. The studentship is open to both Home and International (including EU and EEA) candidates. It covers tuition fees and includes a maintenance allowance. The stipend rate of the maintenance for the 2022/23 academic year is £17,668 and is expected to increase for 2023/24. The studentship also includes additional support for research expenses.
This collaborative project is between the Department of Marketing and Centre for Consumption Insights at Lancaster University Management School (LUMS) and the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust’s (UHMBT) Chaplaincy Department. The qualitative project focuses on the local integration of compassionate spaces with hospital services. Using creative ethnographic methods and interdisciplinary concepts and ideas, the project will aim to understand the political and ideological dimensions that compassionate spaces occupy and the ongoing entanglements of multiple, and sometimes competing, identities, values, and practices within clinical environments. The project is situated within the broad remits of consumer culture studies, consumer research, and the sociology of health. As a collaborative project between academics and a live Chaplaincy environment, the researcher will work towards understanding how compassion is essential for effective healthcare delivery, providing a unique opportunity to contribute to both the academic literature and the NHS’s service provision.
The research has its theoretical base in the broad tradition of Consumer Culture Theory (CCT) and will also allow the successful candidate to pursue their own intellectual ideas within the scope of the general project. The successful candidate will be co-supervised by Professor James Cronin and Dr Leighanne Higgins in LUMS, and Rev Ian Dewer, the Lead Chaplain at UHMBT. The student will be primarily based at Lancaster University, but can expect to spend some time at the NHS primary care facilities in the Lancaster and Morecambe Bay region. Travel for field work, and to attend training events and international conferences will be expected.
Eligibility & Overview
The candidate will have a social science or business background and should have attained (or expect to attain by the end of the 2022-23 academic year) a Merit or Distinction Master’s degree in marketing, sociology, anthropology, philosophy, human geography, or a related discipline, with a clear emphasis on consumer behaviour, critical marketing, political economy, space & space, or health & illness. The candidate should have a strong background in qualitative research and preferably in conducting ethnographic fieldwork. The candidate should also be confident in pursuing theory-guided research and working closely with concepts, frameworks, and ideas from the social sciences.
We are looking for someone who is comfortable not just with partaking in fieldwork but is also passionate about academic literature and the prospect of critiquing, expanding, and developing exciting conceptual explanations in consumption and health studies. There will be a significant impact evaluation component to the project, but also an expectation to read widely, to advance theoretical understanding, and to introduce original theory. The candidate, while based in a Marketing Department, will work within an interdisciplinary research environment – the Centre for Consumption Insights.
How to apply
More general information on Lancaster University’s PhD Programme in Marketing is
available at https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/lums/our-departments/marketing/phd/. Details of the ESRC NWSSDTP scholarship can be found here. Applicants can also email the academic supervisors Professor James Cronin (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Dr Leighanne Higgins (email@example.com) for further queries.
Applications should be submitted through the Marketing Department application portal
(“Apply for 2023 entry” tab). Applicants should provide a Personal Statement demonstrating their interest in, and suitability for, this research project and mention that they are applying specifically for the "CASE LUMS-Cronin project". Applicants should also include:
+ A completed NWSSDTP Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form (see below)
After submitting your Personal Statement, CV, transcripts, samples of writing and references through the application portal, please complete and email a copy of the NWSSDTP Equal Opportunities form to firstname.lastname@example.org
The NWSSDTP is committed to Equality and Diversity, and we actively encourage applications from groups who are underrepresented within academia due to, but not limited to, age, race, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, geography, sexuality, and social class.
Interviews for shortlisted candidates are provisionally scheduled for Tuesday 11th April 2023.
|Funding for:||UK Students, EU Students, International Students|
|Funding amount:||Not Specified|
|Placed On:||16th January 2023|
|Closes:||28th March 2023|
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