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Department of Social Sciences (Advert Reference: RDF20-R/SOCIALSCIENCES&LANGUAGES)

Faculty of Arts, Design and Social Sciences

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About the Programme

Deadline for applications: 31st March 2021

Start Date: 1st June 2021

Contact for queries relating to academic proposals: Dr Ruth Lewis

Social Sciences at Northumbria is comprised of Sociology, Criminology, Politics and International Relations, and International Development (with particular regional expertise on Latin America, Southern Africa, South Asia and South East Asia).

We welcome proposals in the following areas:

Active citizens and democracy: philanthropy; civil society; activism and resistance; social media and media in the democratic process; international volunteering; disability rights; LGBTQ rights; feminist activism; intersectional activist identities; online and everyday activism; pedagogies for social change/transformation.

Violence and abuse: gender-based violence; online and offline abuse; animal abuse; violence and intoxication; murder and serial murder; trauma, and its effects; statutory, community and activists' responses; urban governance and urban violence; systems-based victimisation and justice; structural violence; ultra-realism.

Identities, culture, consumption, and inequalities: intersections of disability, gender and sexuality; inclusive cultures and spaces; youth identities; consumer identities; gender and consumption; domestic consumption; gambling; food insecurity, poverty, sovereignty and justice; consumerism and crime; developing criminal markets; contemporary social class; work/employment identity; gender and community; post-industrial communities' politics, culture and identity.

Happiness and 'well-being': health inequalities and marginalised groups.

Media and digital life: E-learning and digital/social inequalities; media narratives of climate change.

Environment: climate change and inequality; conservation, environmental governance and policing; environmental and wildlife crime; environmental justice; environmental racism; rights and environmental inequality; energy development and inequality; blockchain-based environmental management and geo-politics.

War, conflict and security: terrorism; risk; organised crime; migration; European security; Latin American security; jihadism; Middle East conflicts; UN and collective security; peacekeeping; R2P, international law and security.

Social and economic development: Globalisation; post-colonialism and decolonisation; gender and development; the Sustainable Development Goals; governance and policy in the global South.

Nation, state and identity: independence movements; secession; nation-building; memory and museums in identity construction; 21st century nationalism; national identities

International organisations: policy development; autonomy; authority; leadership; gender.

Policing: vulnerable communities; workforce transformation; cyber-crime, digital and technology; Big Data/AI; diversity; legitimacy and governance; cultures of policing and security; safe-guarding; victims, witnesses and suspects; undercover working.

For further information see

Eligibility and How to Apply:

Please note eligibility requirement:

• We expect all applicants to be able to display clear signs of academic excellence. Applicants must have at least a 2:1 degree in a relevant discipline (or equivalent GPA from non-UK universities). We expect most applicants to hold a relevant Masters degree.

• Appropriate IELTS score, if required.

• Applicants cannot apply for this funding if currently engaged in Doctoral study at Northumbria or elsewhere.

For further details of how to apply, entry requirements and the application form, see

Please note: Applications that do not include a research proposal of approximately 1,000 words (not a copy of the advert), or that do not include the advert reference (e.g. RDF20-R/SOCIALSCIENCES&LANGUAGES) will not be considered. Candidates who have applied for the recent round of RDF studentships, need not apply again.

Deadline for applications: 31st March 2021

Start Date: 1st June 2021

Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff. We welcome applications from all members of the community. 

Funding Notes

Home and International (including EU) students are eligible to apply. The studentship includes a full stipend, paid for three years at RCUK rates (for 2020/21, this is £15,285 pa) and full tuition fees.

Please note: to be classed as a Home student, candidates 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.

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