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Assembling Depreciation: Exploring the Political Economy of an Accounting Concept

  • Full or part time
    Dr C Kirwan
    Dr R Griffin
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, January 10, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About This PhD Project

Project Description

Post summary

Applications are invited for a student to undertake a PhD on “Assembling Depreciation: Exploring the Political Economy of an Accounting Concept”. This study sets out to explore the social life of depreciation. The study will produce an assemblage of the concept from (1) a genealogical exploration of the forces, actors and happenstances that led to the formation and institutionalisation of the concept, (2) exploring its many translations, elaborations and manifestations within accounting practice and the profession, and (3) tracing deployments, invocations and social actions of the concept in contemporary practice.

Standard duties and responsibilities of the scholarship

• Undertake a structured programme of study leading to the successful attainment of a PhD.
• Deliver agreed academic, practitioner and policy papers in conjunction with the supervisory team.
• Attend and present at agreed conferences, seminars and other relevant sessions.
• Further develop the existing proposal to be submitted to the IRC Government of Ireland PhD scholarship scheme.
• Undertake two hours academic development/teaching per week during the academic year, as assigned by management in conjunction with the supervisory team.
• Engage in agreed activities that help to support and enhance the WIT School of Business and the AIB Centre for Finance and Business Research.
• Participate in the research community life at WIT.

Person specification



• Applicants should hold or expect to attain, as a minimum, a 2.1 Honours degree, or equivalent, in accounting, business or social science related areas at undergraduate or professional level.
• Demonstrable experience in conducting research at either undergraduate or postgraduate level.


• A track record of academic excellence.
• Relevant postgraduate research experience.

Knowledge & Experience


• An interest in and some knowledge of academic research and what it entails for the researcher.
• Demonstrable knowledge and experience in at least one of the following: accounting, political economics, anthropology, management and/or sociology.


• Relevant professional experience.
• Experience and understanding of qualitative methods of data collection.
• A demonstrable competence in academic theory in business, political economics, anthropology and/or sociology.

Skills & Competencies


• Applicants whose first language is not English must submit evidence of competency in English, please see WIT’s English Language Requirements for details.
• Excellent communication skills (written and verbal), analytical skills and teamwork skills.
• A good understanding and appreciation of the process of research and research methods.
• Motivated, self-directed, good time and project management skills, and a high level of attention to detail.


• Advanced academic communication skills (written and verbal), and analytical skills.
• Strong presentation skills.
• Ability to work under pressure, set and meet deadlines and drive projects forward successfully.

Further information

For any informal queries, please contact Dr Collette Kirwan (), or Dr Ray Griffin ().

For queries relating to the application and admission process please contact the Postgraduate Admissions Office via email or telephone +353 (0)51 302883.


Application procedure

Please download the Research Postgraduate Application Form from the WIT Website and return completed applications to quoting WD_2019_33 in the email subject line. Please note that paper submissions will not be accepted.

Any queries relating to the application process should be emailed to .

Funding Notes

4-Year Full-time Structured PhD Programme

Stipend: €12,000

Fees: €4,500

Research costs: €2,000

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