Postgraduate research opportunities

PhD Studentship - "Translating concepts into practice: policy and planning tools for sustainable urban development"

The European Policies Research Centre is offering a fully-funded PhD scholarship to investigate policy and planning tools for sustainable urban development (SUD), involving international comparative research with a strong policy focus.

Number of places

1

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Opens

17 November 2020

Deadline

4 December 2020

Duration

3 years

Eligibility

An undergraduate degree (in any relevant discipline) at 2:1 (or equivalent) or better

or

A Masters degree from a UK or overseas university

Project Details

The European Policies Research Centre (EPRC) is offering a fully-funded PhD scholarship to investigate policy and planning tools for sustainable urban development (SUD), involving international comparative research with a strong policy focus. Several European countries have introduced mechanisms to integrate support for sustainable development in urban areas. These efforts take a variety of forms:  integrated governance, aligned strategic planning, harmonised regulatory frameworks, coordinated implementation of instruments etc.. The goal is to integrate interventions for economic development, employment, innovation, transport, housing, environment and other fields in order to address complex urban challenges. The PhD will develop theoretical insights and innovative policy and planning approaches for SUD, potentially drawing on theories and qualitative/quantitative methodologies from urban and economic geography, planning, politics, public administration and policy studies. The scholarship is suitable both for masters students and for practitioners from the policy community. It will be structured so that candidates can participate in academic work complementary to their professional activities.

This scholarship is part of a PhD framework programme involving close cooperation between the University of Strathclyde and the Delft University of Technology.  Specifically, it is contributing to research collaboration between EPRC and the Chair of Spatial Planning & Strategy (Department of Urbanism, TU Delft), and there will be opportunities for research visits to TU Delft and participation in seminars/methods training at TU Delft. An interest in sustainable urban development in the Netherlands and the UK would be welcome. EPRC is an international and vibrant research centre within the School of Government & Public Policy at the University of Strathclyde. The centre comprises a multi-disciplinary staff with a distinguished track record of international research excellence in the field of comparative public policy.

Funding Details

The scholarship will cover the ‘Home student’ tuition fees and provide a full stipend (starting at £15,285 p.a.) for three years.

EU candidates can apply and will have ‘home’ fee status as long as they start their studies between 1st February 2021 and 1st September 2021 (though the start date for this project is 1st February 2021).  EU students will need to apply for a Student Route Visa unless they have applied for settled status before 31st December 2020.

Overseas students can apply by demonstrating that they have sufficient additional funds to cover the difference between the Home and International tuition fees.  This difference currently being approximately £9,000 per annum.

The PhD has a start date of 1st February 2021.

How to apply

All candidates must apply online via Pegasus

In the Programme Name section of the Pegasus online application form, please select PhD European Public Policy

In the Funding section, please write EPRC ISP Scholarship

You should upload the following documents with your application: 

  • CV
  • 500-word research proposal  (explaining how you will address the topic)
  • Degree certificates and transcripts
  • An English language qualification (if required)
  • 2 academic reference letters

Applications will be ranked by a selection panel and applicants will be notified if they have been shortlisted for interview in the week beginning 14th December.