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 Sunday, July 31, 2022
 Funded PhD Programme (Students Worldwide)

About the Programme

The RDSBL's distinctiveness in research and scholarship comes from its applied nature, and a focus on real-world, current issues for organisations and society. Prospective students will be based in the one of the five research centres in the school and working on specific research areas as detailed below:

Centre for the Study of States, Markets and People (STAMP)

  • The Crisis of neo-liberal Globalisation and the Global (dis)Order
  • Economic growth and development; welfare economics
  • Green and Ethical Finance/ Carbon Accounting
  • Energy governance and security, international political economy of oil and gas.
  • The changing world of employment, and workplace environment (Gig economy)

Centre of Innovation, Management and Enterprise (CIME)

  • Impact of digital HRM platforms, integrated AI-decision making for assessing leadership potential
  • Digital human resource management, employee behaviour, and workplace technology
  • Islamic Tourism / Islamic Hospitality/migration and tourism/ sustainable development in tourism/urban/community-based tourism/political issues in tourism, diasporas
  • Women leadership and social inclusion in sports/ Sport Development, Soft Power and Sport Events
  • Digital marketing and consumer behaviour

Centre of Fintech

  • The regulatory framework for financial Decentralised Autonomous Organisations (DAOs)
  • The global regulation of crypto-assets and the role of states/The regulation of the custody of crypto-assets
  • Legal dimensions of Central Bank Digital Currency adoption in emerging and frontier markets/Legal and regulatory dimensions of financial services in the metaverse.
  • Utilising new and emerging Artificial Intelligence (AI) methods to study research questions on Financial Technology

Noon Centre of Equality and Diversity

  • Land, Property and Housing rights
  • Gender equality practice, Community empowerment and the UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • Middle East and Islamic law and finance
  • Human Rights and development
  • Local partnerships for community health and wellbeing, inclusive economy and sustainable employment

Centre on Justice, Law and Society (CJLS)

  • Migration, asylum and borders law
  • International law, including environmental law and economic law, and the role of law in socio-economic change
  • International/EU competition law and energy law

Eligibility criteria:

Applicants must have at least 2.1 degree in business or law or cognate area, and a master's degree in a relevant field. For international students a recognised English language qualification is required. IELTS score of 7.0 overall, or equivalent.

How to apply:

Identify a research priority area and potential research centre from the list provided above

Please email the following to

  • 1-page personal statement including information on alignment to specific research centre and how you feel you could contribute to the research environment within the school.
  • 1-page CV
  • research proposal (not more than 1500 words)

Supporting documentation:

Please email your degree certificates and transcripts and proof of English language proficiency if relevant.

References: Please provide details of two referees as part of your application. At least one referee must be an academic referee from the institution that conferred your highest degree.

Further Information:

For informal discussions about the studentship please contact the Director of Impact and Innovation Dr Shampa Roy-Mukherjee at


Funding Notes

Full Tuition fee funding for UK students for three years and £1000 for a fourth year to cover the writing up year; International students to receive a fee discount to the value of the UK tuition fee (which is £5,580 for 22/23 academic year) for the duration of three years and a £1000 for the fourth year.
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