Postgraduate research opportunities

Can local areas gain new jobs when new high-tech businesses are attracted?

We are looking for a high-quality student for a fully-funded PhD Studentship in Economics. The candidate will use a combination of econometric and general equilibrium modelling techniques to look at the impact of high-tech new businesses on employment in local and regional economies.

Number of places



20 December 2019


30 April 2020


36 months


Candidates are required to have:

  • a strong performance at Masters level where Economics is the primary focus, with the expected completion date of the Masters degree no later than September 2020, along with at least 2.1 performance, or the equivalent, in a relevant undergraduate degree
  • an interest in applied economics analysis, econometrics and modelling techniques, including programming skills
  • a demonstrable aptitude to undertake research and develop into an independent researcher
  • other relevant experience or skills will also be considered so please highlight these in your application
  • candidates who are not native English speakers will be required to provide evidence of their English skills (such as by IELTS or similar tests that are approved by UKVI, or a degree completed in an English speaking country)

Project Details

This project aims at capturing and measuring the impact of new businesses generation on local and regional economies in the UK. Attracting new, particularly high productivity, businesses is a policy priority of the UK government and underpins the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy. One reason for this is that when new businesses are started in local area, new jobs are created both in the same industry and in other industries, due to the increase in demand for local goods. This is known as the local employment multiplier effect.

The hope of government is that by attracting new, high productivity, firms to parts of the UK which lack these sorts of jobs, this will create spillover employment effects throughout regional and local economies. However, these positive impacts may be offset by a series of general equilibrium forces that could result for example in an overall increase in the cost of living in the area.

This project will combine detailed microeconometric work and multi-sectoral multi-regional macroeconomic modelling to produce a strong evidence base on the magnitude of UK local employment multipliers. The first part of this work will involve the use of firm—level and individual level microdata to better understand and model key inputs to the assessment of local employment multipliers. The second part of this work will utilise multi-sectoral multi-region macroeconomic models of the UK regional economies to capture induced and general equilibrium effects.

Funding Details

Fee waiver at Home/EU rate and annual stipend £15,009*

*Whilst open to International candidates, please note that this scholarship covers Home/EU/RUK Fee rate only

How to apply

At this stage, we are inviting applicants to apply for the scholarship only. The successful candidate will then be asked to complete an application for PhD study at Strathclyde.

All applications should include:

  • cover letter indicating the candidate's relevant skills/experience and how they can contribute to this research
  • CV
  • transcripts and certificates of all degrees
  • proof of English language proficiency if English isn't your first language – IELTS minimum overall band score of 6.5 (no individual test score below 5.5)
  • two references (please refer to guidance on references)

When sending the above documents please use the following file-naming convention: fullname_typeofdocument

  • Johnsmith_coverletter
  • Johnsmith_CV
  • Johnsmith_transcript1
  • Johnsmith_transcript2
  • Johnsmith_certificate1
  • Johnsmith_certificate2
  • Johnsmith_IELTS
  • Johnsmith_reference1
  • Johnsmith_reference2

Apply now by uploading your documents.

Please note: Candidates applying for this scholarship should ensure that they include the scholarship reference CMA2020 in their application for PhD Study within the Department of Economics.