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Advancing intersectional geographies of diaspora-led development in times of multiple crises

   School of Geography

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  Dr Jen Dickinson, Dr Julie Vullnetari  No more applications being accepted  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

We expect candidates to develop a research proposal for the following topic:

There is an increasing urgency to understand the impact of multiple, overlapping national and global crises on individual and collective remittance practices. Whilst data is beginning to emerge on the impacts of Covid-19 on recipient households, the voices of remittance sending communities and households in the United Kingdom, across multiple axes of intersectional differences or oppressions and in context of an emerging cost-of-living crisis, remain absent.

Salient questions, therefore, need to be asked about how the compounding, uneven nature of these crises shape remittance and investment decision-making and sending practices, including their individual and collective forms, and the consequences for transnational family and diaspora community dynamics. Further, little is known about how the technologies around remittance sending are changing alongside these, and in response.

The student will develop intersectional approaches and creative methodologies to researching diaspora-led development, using key informant interviews with UK diaspora and origin country community organisations, as well as creative digital participatory methods with transnational households and communities. The study has strong policy relevance and it will benefit from the international research and policy practitioner networks in diaspora engagement developed by the supervisory team. We are open to the choice(s) of communities the student will work with. We strongly encourage applications from PhD candidates who are from a migrant/diaspora background and familiar with the (trans)local context and language(s) of the communities they will research with.

We will consider the candidate’s overall potential, based on: a social science educational background; strong interest in the relationship between migration and development and awareness of geographical and other inequalities; Experience of qualitative research methods and familiarity with participatory methodologies and approaches

Funding Notes

The South Coast DTP fund students undertaking Masters + PhD programmes (1+3 funding) and stand-alone PhD programmes (+3 funding). In addition to covering the cost of programme fees, those in receipt of a South Coast DTP studentship award will also receive an annual maintenance grant of £17,668 (2022/23 UKRI rate). South Coast DTP PhD students will also have access to additional funding for things such as carrying out fieldwork, purchasing essential equipment and attending relevant conferences.


Academic Qualifications: For all studentships, students must have qualifications of the standard of a good honours degree at first- or upper second-class level, from a UK academic higher education institution. Degree qualifications gained from outside the UK, or a combination of qualifications and/or experience that is equivalent to a relevant UK degree, may be accepted. If you have completed a master's degree, you should have achieved a merit or above including 60% for the dissertation. If you have not completed a master's, you'll need to show you can produce high quality writing and analysis.
English language requirements: If English isn't your first language, you'll need to complete an English Language test to demonstrate your competence in English. You'll need all of the following IELTS (or equivalent) scores as a minimum: overall score 6.5, writing 6.0, reading 6.0, speaking 6.0, listening 6.0. Your awarded certificate needs to be dated within the last 2 years.
Residential Eligibility: The South Coast DTP is able to accept applications from UK and International applicants to all of our accredited disciplines/pathways, however due to UKRI funding conditions, awards to non-UK residents are capped at 30% of our overall allocation.
THE FIRST APPLICATION FORM YOU NEED TO COMPLETE IS FOR YOUR CHOSEN PROGRAMME OF STUDY (PhD Geography and Environmental Science at University of Southampton): . You'll need to send us: your CV with details of your academic record and research interests; your academic transcript; details of 2 current academic referees, with their institutional email addresses; a short statement of your research interests and reasons for choosing the projects you're applying for; IELTS or TOEFL certificate if English is not your first language. THE SECOND APPLICATION FORM WHICH REQUIRES COMPLETION IS THE SOUTH COAST DTP FUNDING APPLICATION FORM ON THE DTP WEBSITE:

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