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Fully funded research studentships

As part of our ongoing investment in research, Middlesex University offers a number of funded studentships throughout the year.

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Fully funded PhD Studentship on social/sustainable enterprise and investment

Sponsor: Middlesex University

Qualification Type: PhD

Location: Hendon, London

Funding for: UK/EU Students (Applications from overseas applicant accepted but successful applicant is required to pay the tuition fee difference)

Mode of Study: Full Time

Application Deadline: 20th June 2016

Studentship Start: 3rd October 2016

Middlesex University are seeking PhD applications on alternative enterprise and investment for sustainable prosperity linked to the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP). CUSP aims to explore alternative visions of a sustainable future where individuals and communities have the capabilities needed to flourish while living within the ecological and resource constraints of a finite planet.

The PhD studentship is closely related to the Political and Organisational stream of research which will examine the diversity of alternative business, social enterprise and investment models, focusing on how they are able to achieve commercial goals while also tackling social and environmental problems.  Applications should specify a topic related to how alternative approaches to business and investment can support a more sustainable and resilient future.

We particularly welcome applications to critically examine social and sustainable enterprise, as well as studies of ethical and sustainable investment.  Other areas of interest include scaling the social and environmental impacts of social enterprises, management approaches for alternative business forms, innovation, collaboration and networking for alternative businesses, and new forms of enterprise investment.

The precise methodology will depend on how the research questions are framed, but it is anticipated that the research will be empirical and involve contact with practitioners. There are extensive, well-established networks which the researcher will be able to access.

Funding and Eligibility

The bursaries are offered on a full-time basis to EU/UK and overseas applicants and cover a maintenance award and fee payments (at the UK/EU rate, currently £14,057 and £4,076 respectively). The Scholarships are for three years, subject to satisfactory progress. The level of the maintenance element of the Scholarships is linked to the level of corresponding awards made by UK research councils and is subject to regular review. The studentship bursaries are free of both tax and national insurance contributions.

In addition to work on the doctoral research project, successful applicants will be expected to contribute to associated activities within their respective Schools. International Applicants will be required to cover the difference between the UK/EU and International Student fee.

About the ESRC's Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP)CUSP aims to explore the concept of sustainable prosperity and to understand people’s aspirations for living sustainably.  A guiding vision for sustainable prosperity is one in which people everywhere have the capability to flourish as human beings - within the ecological and resource constraints of a finite planet. Research will explore not just the economic aspects of this challenge, but also its social, political and philosophical dimensions. The Centre is led by Professor Tim Jackson at University of Surrey, in collaboration with Middlesex, Goldsmiths, Oxford, Leeds, Anglia Ruskin, Keele, and Canterbury(NZ) Universities. The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) has funded the centre for five years and Middlesex University researchers  will explore the alternative business and investment models needed to underpin resilience, sustainability and competitiveness.

About Middlesex University

Centre for Enterprise and Economic Development Research (CEEDR), (www.mdx.ac.uk/ceedr) at Middlesex University is leading the Theme of research on Political and Organisational Dimensions of Sustainable Prosperity for the ESRC Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity. CEEDR has more than twenty years’ experience of successful collaboration on research with various institutions, including research councils, government departments and public bodies, universities, voluntary and community-based organisations, consulting companies, and other private organisations, both nationally and internationally, in the areas of small business, enterprise support, and local and regional economic development. In recent years it has developed research expertise in the areas of social enterprise and innovation. It led the Social Enterprise Capacity Building Cluster (2008-2012) funded by ESRC and Office of the Third Sector, and was part of the Third Sector Research Centre (2008-2012), funded by ESRC and Office of the Third Sector. Middlesex University is also leading an ESRC seminar programme on Corporate Social Responsibility among SMEs from emerging/developing economies (www.sbsr-global.net).

Entry Requirements & How to Apply

Applicants must have a minimum of a first or an upper second class honours degree or equivalent, and preferably a good Masters degree, in a relevant area.

If your first language is not English, you should have a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in each component).

Applicants must submit the following documents to apply:

  • Fully completed Application form. Please click on the Application form to download. (Download and save the application first before completing).
  • Research Proposal
  • Academic Documentation (including transcripts and certificates)
  • Coloured copy of Passport
  • Proof of English Language (if your first language is not English)

For further details contact

Professor Fergus Lyon, f.lyon@mdx.ac.uk; Tel: 020 8411 6856

Centre for Enterprise and Economic Development Research (CEEDR), Middlesex University Business School, The Burroughs, Hendon, London, NW4 4BT.

General enquiries to: studentship.research@mdx.ac.uk or call 0208 411 5739/0208 411 3422

The deadline for applications is 20th June 2016.

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