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An evaluation of the impact of the Scottish government’s economic strategy on gender equality.

Project Description

Inclusive growth has been described by the OECD as “economic growth that creates opportunity for all segments of the population and distributes the dividends of increased prosperity fairly across society”. Gender inequality is an example of where economic resources have not traditionally been shared equally among groups in society. As feminist economics scholarship has long since argued, traditional measures of growth have ignored unpaid work which often takes place within the household and is disproportionately done by women, which reinforces gender unequal access to economic resources and prosperity. The Scottish government’s economic strategy involves two mutually supportive goals of increasing competitiveness and tackling inequality to achieve sustainable economic growth. The promotion of gender equality is a key feature of tackling inequality in Scotland. To that end a number of policies have been enacted, such as the doubling of free childcare to 1140 hours per annum and the objective of achieving gender equality on public boards by 2020.

In the context of the increasing relevance of inclusive growth as a government priority, this PhD would undertake an evaluation of the impact which the Scottish government ‘s economic strategy has had on gender equality. Specifically the PhD would seek to measure the contribution of the economic strategy to the reduction in gender inequality in Scotland. It is envisaged that the PhD would involve both quantitative and qualitative research methods. Although it is expected that the methodology adopted to answer the research question would be developed by the successful candidate in consultation with the research supervisors. Candidates therefore are requested to submit a detailed proposal (maximum of 2000 words) on the methodology they would
adopt to answer the research question.

The supervisory team are all member of the WiSE Centre for Economic Justice

Supervisory Team Name:

Director of Studies: Dr James Campbell
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Second Supervisor: Emily Thomson
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Third Supervisor: Dr Vangelis Chiotis
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How to apply

The project is available as a 3 years full-time or 6 years part-time PhD study programme with an expected start date of the 1st October 2020.

Candidates are encouraged to contact the research supervisor for the project before applying.

To apply for this project, use the following link to access the online application form, as well as further information on how to apply:

Please send any other enquiries regarding your application to

Funding Notes

Funding notes

Applicants are expected to find external funding sources to cover the tuition fees and living expenses. Alumni and International students new to GCU who are self-funding are eligible for fee discounts. See more of fees and funding. View Website

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