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  Business and Management Skills for the Space Economy

   Glasgow School for Business and Society

   Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

Glasgow Caledonian University, The Glasgow School for Business and Society

Glasgow School for Business and Society | Glasgow Caledonian University | Scotland, UK (

Project reference number: GSBS/002/Edgar/Self 

Supervisory Team

Director of Studies: Prof David Edgar


GCU Research Online URL: (essential)

2nd Supervisor: To be confirmed


The University is pleased to announce an exciting PhD studentship opportunity within the RISE (Research into the Space Economy) research Group ( ) in the field of Space Economy. The research will be focusing on the business and management skills needed for the future space economy. This interdisciplinary project aims to identify the critical skills required for professionals to succeed in the rapidly evolving space economy and to analyse how these skills can be developed and nurtured through education, training, and workforce development initiatives.

 The successful candidate will work under the supervision of Professor David Edgar and contribute to a growing body of research in the space economy. The project will involve:

Conducting a comprehensive literature review on business and management skills, space economy, and workforce development.

Identifying the essential business and management skills required for professionals working in the space economy and related industries.

Analysing the current state of education, training, and workforce development initiatives aimed at developing these skills.

Investigating the potential gaps and opportunities in current initiatives and proposing recommendations to address them.

Assessing the potential impact of skill development on the growth and competitiveness of the space economy.

How to Apply

This project is available as a 3 years full-time or 6 years part-time PhD study programme with expected start date of 02 October 2023.

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

Applicants are required to provide a detailed research proposal as part of the application process.  Applicants should submit a research proposal (1,000-1,500 words) outlining your approach to the project, including research questions, methodology, and expected outcomes.

Guidance on Writing a PhD Research Proposal is available at  Prospective students | Glasgow Caledonian University | Scotland, UK (

Candidates should have a minimum of a first degree (2:1 or higher) and/or a Masters degree.

Please note that emails to the supervisory team or enquires submitted via the project advert do not constitute formal applications; applicants should apply using the on our Application Process page by choosing Business Management and an October 2023 start date. Please quote the project reference number: GSBS/002/Edgar/Self on your application.

Please send any other enquires regarding your application to:

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