School of Social and Political Science

QUALREP Grant Studentships

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Representation, intersectionality, and democratic practices

(PhD1, University of Edinburgh)

This project will, in broad terms, investigate how processes of political participation and representation can better meet the needs of diverse women. It will be informed by feminist, intersectional and other critical approaches to the study of representation, parliaments, parties, and democracy; exploring the potential of democratic innovations and diverse democratic practices and devices to reform representative democracy for the benefit of all women. Informed by contemporary feminist theories of representation and the methodology of feminist democratic design, this PhD might also engage in the co-production of new democratic designs to trial innovative processes of participation and representation.  

2 PhD Studentships (UoE and KCL)

There are 2 UKRI funded PhDs linked to the 2023-8, The Quality of Women's Political Representation (QUALREP) Grant.

PhD1, Representation, intersectionality, and democratic practices (University of Edinburgh). Supervisor: Professor Sarah Childs

PhD2, Women’s grassroots organisations and mobilisations (King’s College London) Supervisor: Professor Rosie Campbell

 Applicants may apply for both posts, and should they choose to do so, they should submit only a single application, showing as appropriate their interest in and suitability for the different PhD foci.  

 We welcome applications from those with either a social science undergraduate degree or masters degree, and from candidates from other disciplines who can demonstrate relevant research interests, commitment and skills.  

 Please note that the award is only for full-time PhD applications and for students on the Home/UK fee rate. Please ensure you check your eligibility via UKRI condition TGC 5.2 before you apply.

QUALREP Project Briefing

 QUALREP is a five-year, £6 million research project. Originally awarded by the European Research Council (ERC), it is funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). Over five years, through thick comparison involving qualitative and quantitative methods, it will identify the conditions under which women, and especially marginalized and minoritized women, are well represented in and by through representative democracy. In sum, it explores the ways in which, and by (and for) whom, formal politics can be made more inclusive and representation, and a more gender equal and stronger democratic system and society be realized. It interrogates processes of representation – the institutions, actors, procedures of democratic deliberation and decision making in particular places – in addition to representative outcomes to illuminate the quality of representation. In its innovative methodological approach, it sets a research agenda for the next generation of politics and gender and representation/democracy scholars.

Eligibility Criteria

In addition to standard requirements for the University of Edinburgh full-time PhD Politics programme or the King’s College London Applied Public Policy programme, applicants must meet the following additional eligibility criteria for this award.

  • Be enthusiastic about (gaining) qualitative and quantitative methods training at an advanced level
  • Agree to audit both qualitative and quantitative methods training in line with whole team training requirements
  • Collaborate in data collection and analysis – both quantitative and qualitative - and co-authorship with other the other PhD, post-docs, and CI and PIs, as per reasonable requests from the QUALREP PIs
  • A commitment to feminist philosophies of social science and to feminist research practices
  • A willingness to learn the skills of impactful research

Where students have a non-social science degree we would expect indications of relevant research interests, commitment, and skills.

 Please note that the award is only for full-time PhD applications and for students on the Home/UK fee rate. Please ensure you check your eligibility via UKRI condition TGC 5.2 before you apply.

Award Value (PhD1 - University of Edinburgh)

Stipend: At the UKRI rate, currently £18,622 in 2023/24

RTSG: As part of your award, you will have access to additional funding for research training support costs, eg training, fieldwork, travel

Tuition fees: Home/UK fees at the full-time rate, currently £4,712 in 2023/24

Duration: 3 years

Start Date (University of Edinburgh): January 2024

Application Process (both PhD awards)

We would welcome applications from those with either a social science undergraduate degree or masters degree, and from candidates from other disciplines who can demonstrate relevant research interests, commitments and skills.

Applicants should combine in a single PDF document and send to Khushboo.puri@kcl.ac.uk  

  1. A full University transcript, showing the breakdown of marks for individual modules/courses, and where appropriate, a dissertation (if due to the UCU marking boycott the transcript is provisional or only partial, please make this clear)
  2. CV, of no more than 2 pages
  3. Two references from academic staff who have direct experience of your work, including, if at all possible, your dissertation supervisor
  4. A 2 page personal statement setting out - in response to the QUALREP Briefing included above- the following:
    • Why do you wish to study for a PhD? Why would you like to study for a PhD as part of large research project?
    • Why do you want to study at either Edinburgh, PIR and/or Kings, GIWL?
    • What is it about the QUALREP project, and the specific PhD theme(s), that particularly interests you?
    • In what ways does your undergraduate study make you suitable for this/these PhDs?
    • What are you (a) academic and (b) personal, strengths and weaknesses?
    • Why would you be a good member of the QUALREP research team? What would you bring to the team?
    • Please share an example of where you have shown tenacity either in your studies, employment or in a voluntary capacity.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for a presentation and an interview in due course.

Enquiries (both PhD awards)

Khushboo.puri@kcl.ac.uk

 

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