CREME and ACH fully-funded PhD (3 years)
Facilitating Refugee Entrepreneurshiip: An Action Research Intervention
Contract Type: Fixed Term, full-time, commencing either Oct 2019 or April 2020.
Closing Date: Mon 5 August 2019
Supervisor: Professor Monder Ram
Applications are invited for a three year PhD to conduct an action research study with Ashley Community Housing (ACH) and the Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship (CREME) at Aston University, on interventions to support the entrepreneurial aspirations of refugees. The position is available to start in either October 2019 or April 2020.
This studentship includes full fees and a stipend of £15,480 per annum for 3 years. The studentship is open to Home/EU and International applicants.
Background to the Project
The project will examine emerging models to support the entrepreneurial aspirations of refugees - defined as people 'fleeing life-threatening conditions' (Shacknove, 1985) - in the UK. This knowledge will be used to develop ACH's services to refugees, and the impact of this intervention will be critically evaluated. The main research questions are:
- What forms of interventions are emerging to support the entrepreneurial aspirations of refugees in the UK?
- How can ACH learn from the experiences of other interventions in order to develop its own services to refugees?
- What are refugees' experiences of such interventions and how does this influence their entrepreneurial practices?
- How can refugee entrepreneurial capital be enhanced by business support policy?
- How does refugee entrepreneurial capital in the UK contribute theoretically towards cross-national academic debate?
The successful student will work towards the development of a refugee entrepreneur knowledge exchange model, for example a portal, designed to meet their needs. This will be achieved by working collaboratively with ACH staff. This intervention is expected to change ACH's practices and programmes so that they are more effective and tailored to the needs of refugee entrepreneurs. In addition to receiving the training and support required to complete his/her PhD studies, the student will gain valuable experience on the skills required to work with non-academic stakeholders.
The wider intellectual endeavour includes cross-disciplinary published papers, contributions at policy and practitioner conferences and the potential to inform national and international policy debate. This PhD is expected to contribute towards the theoretical debates by developing a deeper understanding of cross-national refugee entrepreneurial capital.
The successful applicant will need to meet the entry requirements for the Aston Business School PhD programme, which can be found here. Preferred skill requirements include knowledge/experience of refugees and entrepreneurship.
For formal enquiries about this project contact Professor Monder Ram or Dr Judy Scully by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Submitting an application
Details of how to submit your application, and the necessary supporting documents can be found here Please state ‘CREME studentship’ in the Source of Funding section.
The application must be accompanied by a 'research proposal' statement. An original proposal is not required as the initial scope of the project has been defined. Instead, candidates should detail how their knowledge and experience will benefit the project and provide a brief review of relevant research literature.
If you require further information about the application process please contact our Research Degrees Programme team at firstname.lastname@example.org
ESRC Midlands Graduater School Doctoral Training Partnershp (DTP) Studentships
Aston Business School offer ESRC PhD studentships as part of the Midlands Graduate School DTP. The Midlands Graduate School (MGS) is part of an ESRC network of Doctoral Training Partnerships in collaboration with:
- Aston University
- University of Birmingham
- University of Leicester
- Loughborough University
- University of Nottingham
- University of Warwick
These studentships are for UK and EU applicants only and applicants must hold an unconditional offer from the Aston Business School PhD programme before they apply for funding. Full details about studentships, including how to apply and deadlines for applications, can be found on the Midlands Graduate School website.