Postgraduate research opportunities

Centre for Doctoral Training in Socially Progressive Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Social Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation to Tackle UN SDGs

The project will focus on studying research questions in social entrepreneurship and social innovation aimed at addressing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) through market-based mechanisms and theory linked interventions.

Number of places



Home fee, Stipend


2 May 2019


14 June 2019


42, from October 2019


Candidates are required to have:

  • Interest in studying entrepreneurship and innovation, and more specifically on social entrepreneurship or social innovation
  • Background in social science (business and management, economics, sociology or any other cognate discipline) with a first or 2:1 UK Honours degree, or overseas equivalent and/or a Masters degree.
  • Excellent analytical skills and a demonstrable aptitude to undertake research and develop into an independent researcher
  • Prior knowledge and/or willingness to learn quantitative approaches as well as the ability to conduct research with mixed method approaches blending with qualitative methods.
  • Excellent written and oral English language skills (see the course page for minimum test scores if English is not your first language).

Project Details

Social entrepreneurship is gaining increased relevance from academic, practice, and policy point of view. The project aims to investigate entrepreneurship in bottom-of-the-pyramid contexts, including but not limited to studying business model interventions (e.g. access, skills, affordability, and technology), governance aspects and innovations needed for those contexts. These would be predominantly studied within the context of UN SDGs (e.g. access to water and energy).

Funding Details

One studentship covering home/EU fees and a tax-free stipend circa £15,000 per annum for 42 months. International applicants will need to cover the difference between Home/EU and International fees.

We also welcome self funded or externally funded applications.

Further information

Centre for Doctoral Training

The University of Strathclyde is delighted to announce the establishment of the Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Socially Progressive Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SPIE). The aim of the CDT is to develop a social science research lab aimed at addressing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) through market-based mechanisms and theory linked interventions. The CDT aims to train the next generation of researchers who will design, develop and test novel theories to advance research on social entrepreneurship and innovation, and will built capacity through providing training in specialised advanced quantitative and qualitative research methods.

The CDT is a multidisciplinary endeavour bringing together faculty from Strathclyde Business School (Dr. Sreevas Sahasranamam, Dr. Tiago Loncan and Dr. Katerina Nicolopoulou), Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (Dr. Annalisa Riccardi and Dr. Edmondo Minisci), and  Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering (Prof. Robert Kalin).

Successful applicants will also be a part of a vibrant research group working on UN SDGs consisting of a number of PhD students, research assistants, postdoctoral researchers, academic supervisors as well as other associated faculty. The research group has a number of large-scale active research projects and upcoming proposals, which will provide hands-on training. For instance, Prof. Robert Kalin is the Director, Climate Justice Fund Water Futures Programme, which runs an elaborate project in Malawi mapping its water points.


How to apply

We advise applications to be submitted as soon as possible as we will start conducting skype and/or face-to-face interviews for shortlisted applicants immediately.

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


All applications should include:

  •  a covering letter (max four pages) which includes:
    • Your motivation to apply for this position
    • If you would like to be considered for the CDT funding or if you have already funding in place (self funding or external funding)
    • How your background and previous experience meet the requirements detailed above
    • A detailed description of your understanding of the topic including a short literature review as well as a particular research question you want to pursue on this topic (minimum two pages)
  • a CV and relevant qualification transcripts
  • two references (please refer to guidance on references)

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

 For example: 

  • Johnsmith_coverletter
  • Johnsmith_CV
  • Johnsmith_transcript1
  • Johnsmith_transcript2
  • Johnsmith_reference1
  • Johnsmith_reference2

Apply now by uploading your documents.