Fraser of Allander Institute

Strathclyde Applied Economics Centre for Doctoral Training

This page includes information on:

  • What is the AE CDT?
  • Funding opportunities
  • Contact details and useful links

The Strathclyde Applied Economics Centre for Doctoral Training (AE CDT) is based in the Department of Economics at Strathclyde Business School. It is home to our community of PhD students focused on applied economics research. This also reflects the research interests of the faculty of the Department of Economics, which is home to the Fraser of Allander Institute, a highly respected applied economics research institute.

Our aim is to provide our PhD students with expert supervision in a collegial research environment, to support them in achieving excellence in rigorous research, and to use our collective expertise of engaging beyond the confines of academia to help our students realise the broader impact of their research.

As a member of the Strathclyde Applied Economics Centre for Doctoral Training, PhD students will:

  • join our friendly and collegial applied economics PhD environment in which a community of students undertake applied economics research;
  • have access to a broad range of training opportunities, including methodologies in applied economics research and learning about the practicalities of engaging beyond academia;
  • have the opportunity of engaging in collaborative projects with non-academic partners, producing research that is both academically rigorous and useful to the partner institutions;
  • have the opportunity to utilise our extensive network of external stakeholders to allow you to showcase your research findings more broadly and realise the full impact of your research.
  • benefit from a supervisory team consisting of academics with specialist knowledge in your field of study to realise excellence in undertaking rigorous research.

In addition, we engage with students from an early stage in their PhD journeys to:

  • identify and actively engage relevant users/stakeholders, including at the research design stage;
  • help students gain a clear understanding of the context and needs of users and consider how the proposed research will meet these needs; and
  • help students to clearly communicate their findings and recommendations is ways that maximise the impact of their research.

We believe we provide excellent opportunities both for research students to realise their ambitions in contemporary academia where achieving impact beyond the confines of academia is a key part of a researcher’s portfolio, and for collaborative partners to benefit from well-trained and well-supervised students collaborating on research projects of interest to them.

Dr Alex Dickson and Dr Agnese Romiti (co-directors).

Funding Opportunities

Broadly speaking, there are two routes to PhD funding: student-led, where you come up with your own proposal; and supervisor-led, where a member of faculty secures funding for a topic of their choosing, some of which are collaborative with an external organisation.

We have our own internal studentship competition at Strathclyde: the Strathclyde Research Studentship Scheme (SRSS); and we are also a member of the Scottish Graduate School for Social Sciences, so can support applications for ESRC funding on the Economics Pathway.

There is more information on funding on our PhD webpages. All our PhD funding opportunities are advertised here

Contact Details and Useful Links

If you would like to contact us about the Strathclyde Applied Economics CDT please email the co-directors Alex Dickson and Agnese Romiti.

Kathleen Tyrrell is the administrator with responsibility for PhDs in the Economics Department; and Julia Darby is the PGR Director.

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