Funding

Self-funded PhD students only

Project code

GEOG2930217

Faculty

Department of Geography

Start dates

October/February

Closing date

Applications accepted all year round

Some places and sectors in the economy have grown in more inclusive ways than others. On this PhD programme, you'll work to identify contextual and institutional factors between growth and inclusion, and make recommendations on how policy can meet economic and social goals.

This PhD is supervised by Dr Donald Houston and Dr Carol Ekinsmyth, and the scope and methods you'll use will depend on your interests and skills.

On this project, you'll explore why the disparities between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have-nots’ are lesser in some economically buoyant places/industries than others. You'll also identify the contextual and institutional factors conducive to a symbiotic relationship between growth and inclusion.

And on the basis of your results, the project will also make recommendations as to how local and regional economic development policy can better meet economic and social goals.

The work will involve:

  • identifying the contextual and institutional factors conducive to a symbiotic relationship between growth and inclusion
  • making recommendations on how local and regional economic development policy can meet both economic and social goals

Income inequality has risen sharply in both the global ‘north’ and the global ‘south’. Less-skilled workers and weaker local economies have often been left behind by new rounds of investment.

In most developed nations, non-standard and often precarious employment is on the rise (casual and temporary employment, contract work, etc). Many feel alienated from a neo-liberal model of economic growth that is perceived to play into the hands of big business. Most nations are richer than ever, yet income and wealth generation is not benefiting everyone.

Government policies to promote inclusion and equality are often feared to compromise economic growth and competitiveness. In contrast, others argue that ‘growth’ and ‘inclusion’ can be complementary goals.

In response to these concerns, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has developed the notion of ‘inclusive growth’. But still remarkably little is known about the circumstances in which economic growth either enhances or damages social inclusion.

It is to this question that the proposed studentship is addressed.

Candidates will have a background in human geography, sociology, economics, business and management or a related discipline. The precise nature of the project, its scope and methods (balance between quantitative and qualitative, extensive research or case-study, will depend on the interests and skills of the successful candidate.

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

  • A good first degree from an internationally recognised university (depending on the course, minimum second class or equivalent) or a Master’s degree in an appropriate subject
  • Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0
  • All applicants are subject to interview

You'll need a background in human geography, sociology, economics, business and management or a related discipline.

How to Apply

To make an enquiry or to discuss this project informally, get in touch with:

Quote the project code GEOG2930217 and the project title.

You can also visit our How to Apply pages to get a better understanding of how the PhD application process works.

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