Postgraduate research opportunities

Sexualized Aesthetic labour and sexual harassment in the tourism and hospitality industry in a period of socioeconomic crisis

This PhD project explores the experiences of hospitality workers with sexual harassment, especially by customers. The research explores the post-Covid19 environment, where concerns about socioeconomic instability and unemployment mean that employees may feel pressurised to tolerate and accept harassment by customers.

Number of places



Home fee, Stipend


18 January 2021


31 March 2021


36 months


The elibility criteria for UKRI funding has changed for studentships commencing in the 2021/22 academic year. Now, all home and international students are eligible to apply for UKRI funding which will cover the full stipend and tuition fees at the home rate (not the international rate). Under the new criteria, UKRI have stipulated a maximum percentage of international students that can be recruited each year against individual training grants. This will be managed at the institutional level for all EPSRC DTP and ICASE grants. For EPSRC CDT grants, this will be managed by the individual CDT administrative/management team. For ESRC and AHRC studentships the final funding decision will be made by the respective grant holder.

To be classed as a home student, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a UK national (meeting residency requirements), or
  • Have settled status, or
  • Have pre-settled status (meeting residency requirements), or
  • Have indefinite leave to remain or enter.

The residency requirements are based on the Education (Fees and Awards) (England) Regulations 2007 and subsequent amendments. Normally to be eligible for a full award a student must have no restrictions on how long they can stay in the UK and have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the studentship (with some further constraint regarding residence for education).

If a student does not meet the criteria above, they will be classed as an international student. The international portion of the tuition fee cannot be funded by the UKRI grant and must be covered from other sources. International students are permitted to self-fund the difference between the home and international fee rates.

Project Details

We are inviting PhD applications on the topic ‘Sexualized Aesthetic labour and sexual harassment in the tourism and hospitality industry in a period of socioeconomic crisis’ for commencing study in October 2021. The PhD project examines the experiences of both female and male hospitality workers with sexual harassment and investigates whether the industry’s sexualised culture encourages and tolerates incidences of sexual harassment during a period of socioeconomic crisis. The student will join the Department of Work, Employment and Organisation (WEO) and will be based in Glasgow, Scotland

This project requires advanced qualitative research skills. The candidate will be required to have a foundation in research methods, whilst further development of skills in qualitative methods will be provided as part of the Strathclyde Business School methodology training course, whilst there will be opportunities for further external specialist training.

Funding Details

Fully-funded scholarship for 3 years covers all university tuition fees (at UK/EU level) and an annual tax-free stipend. International students are also eligible to apply, but they will need to find other funding sources to cover the difference between the home and international tuition fees.  Exceptional international candidates may be provided funding for this difference.

How to apply

We require applicants to upload documents in two different places:

  1. We require you to apply for PhD student using the standard University application system. Candidates applying for this scholarship should ensure that they include the scholarship reference 2333.
  2. We need you to upload your application documentation to this site which will allow us to undertake the required recruitment process for the scholarship. Once you have accessed the folder please upload the following:
  • 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

  • fullname_coverletter
  • fullname_CV
  • fullname_transcript1
  • fullname_transcript2
  • fullname_certificate1