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A history of co-production and co-operation? Looking back to the future of Social Enterprise in Scotland

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  • Full or part time
    Prof Michael Roy
    Dr G Murray
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Project Description

Applications are invited for a three-year PhD scholarship based in the Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health, funded by the Scottish Government.

This innovative PhD project will develop the first comprehensive study of the history of social enterprise policy in Scotland up to the point of the co-produced strategy in 2016, but will also look forward to examine the current trajectory of the sector, with a particular focus on the practice and the potential of the co-production approach to policymaking throughout this period. Social enterprise – put simply, business approaches to solving social problems – has received considerable policy attention over the last twenty years or so by governments around the world. Scotland, in particular, has become internationally renowned for their support for social enterprise, and the social enterprise ‘ecosystem’ for support in Scotland is considered to be an international exemplar. This support culminated in the development of a ten-year social enterprise strategy (Scottish Government, 2016) ‘co-produced’ with the sector. Being, perhaps, the first example of a national strategy for social enterprise being co-produced in such a manner makes the development of this particular strategy an interesting focus for academic attention.

The successful candidate will possess an excellent Master’s degree, with a background in Sociology, Social Policy, Public Policy and/or History, have experience, or an interest in, developing long-form interview skills and archival research. They will possess excellent oral and written communication skills, and be disseminate findings to diverse audiences, including the third sector and policymakers.

The successful PhD student will work with a team of supervisors composed of Prof Michael Roy, Professor of Economic and Sociology and Social Policy, and Research Fellow Dr Gillian Murray, both based in the Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health. They will also benefit from close working a cohort of PhD students within a vibrant, multi-disciplinary research centre. Informal enquiries about the project should be directed to the University supervisors: [Email Address Removed] or [Email Address Removed] .

Funding Notes

Funding information:
The studentship is for three years in total and will provide a tax-free stipend of £15,009 per year, subject to satisfactory progress, plus tuition fees.

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