Posted on 21/12/2012
As part of its collaborative work with development NGOs, the Politics, Development and Sustainability (PDS) Group in the Departmentof Geography at Royal Holloway is pleased to announce the following potential colaborative doctoral research opportunities as part of the ESRC South East Doctoral Training Centre (DTC).
Students can apply for either 1 + 3 (MSc + PhD) for the WaterAid project, or + 3 (PhD) for the WaterAid and StreetInvest projects.
The two selected students would submit applications to the DTC competition in mid-February 2013 with the results expected in May/June 2013.
Due to ESRC stipulations, only Home and EU students can apply. EU students must have been resident for more than 3 years on 30th September 2013.
The Department of Geography has a range of other possible PhD funding streams. For details see the PhD page.
Potential PhD Project with StreetInvest
The doctoral project will focus on understanding and assessing the capabilities and well-being of street-connected children in Tanzania and the UK working with StreetInvest's partner organisations.
RHUL Doctoral supervisor: Professor Katie Willis
In addition to the nationality criteria above, candidates must meet the following criteria to apply:
- Have a first degree in a social science discipline at 2.1 or above.
- Have, or be on track to receive, a Master's degree in a relevant discipline at Merit or Distinction.
- Have prior academic knowledge of one or more of the following: development geography/ development studies; streetchildren/ street-connected children; capabilities approach.
- Be able to work collaboratively on the research proposal with RHUL and StreetInvest in January and Feburary 2013.
- Be able to take up funding, if awarded, in September 2013.
Candidates should provide a CV and a scanned copy of degree transcript(s) to Katie.Willis@rhul.ac.uk by 5pm on Thursday 10th January 2013.
For further information, please contact Katie Willis.
Potential PhD Project with WaterAid
The doctoral project will focus on informal providers (such as private vendors) in the provision of water for the urban poor in Ethiopia where WaterAid works. The academic study will tie into in-depth work on affordability of water to poor households as part of a broader package of basic services and welfare interventions.
Students who do not have an appropriate Master's degree can apply for funding for a one-year MSc in Practising Sustainable Development (1 + 3 funding route).
RHUL Doctoral Supervisor: Dr Vandana Desai
In addition to the nationality criteria mentioned above, candidates must meet the following criteria to apply:
- Have, or be projected to achieve, a first-class social science degree, or at least a 2.1 if the student is undertaking or has completed a relevant Master's degree.
- Have prior academic knowledge of at least one of the following areas: development geography/ development studies, water, governance and NGOs.
- Be able to work collaboratively on the proposal with RHUL and WaterAid in January and February 2013.
- Be able to take up the funding, if successful, in September 2013.
Candidates should provide a CV and scanned copies of degree transcripts to V.Desai@rhul.ac.uk by 5pm on Thursday 10th January 2013.
Any queries, please contact Vandana Desai.