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Capitalism and labour exploitation: the role of accounting in the maritime labourers' market

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Wednesday, December 18, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Applications are invited for a PhD project in “Accounting and Capitalism”.
The MPhil/PhD Scholarship aims to support a successful candidate in investigating the role of accounting in sustaining institutional power and social control on a group “relegated to second-class social status…by the way their skills and outputs [are] quantified” (Fleischman and Tyson, 2004). Despite some studies on ‘dark side’ of accounting (Funnell 1998; Fleischman and Tyson, 2002, 2004 and Hammond et al., 2007), the use of accounting in reinforcing racialization and discrimination as means of labour control in capitalist systems is unexplored. From an historical point of view the candidate must seek to provide new insights into the role of accounting as “a multi-faceted function…essential to capitalism” (Catchpowle et al., 2004:1059) investigating the organization of maritime employment in the British Maritime industry, from 1600 to the 1980s, (Balachandran, 2012; Fisher, 2004, 2009). Bu undertaking an in-depth qualitative analysis of the rare documentation available in the Card Library of the Maritime Museum and National Archives, the project aims to contribute to the literature by analysing accounting’s role in the capitalist and racist exploitation of labour and also to current debates on the effectiveness of the Modern Slavery Act (2015) in combating exploitation of vulnerable groups in society.

Making an application:

Please read this information before making an application. Information on the application process is available at: Applications need to be made online via this link. No other form of application will be considered.

All applications must include the following information. Applications not containing these documents will not be considered.
• Scholarship Reference Number (Ref)– included in the personal statement section together with your personal statement as to why you are applying
• a research proposal related to the subject topic *
• a CV including 2 referees * • academic qualification certificates/transcripts and IELTs/English Language certificate if you are an international applicant or if English is not your first language or you are from a country where English is not the majority spoken language as defined by the UK Border Agency *
*upload to the qualification section of the application form. Attachments must be a PDF format.

Before submitting your application you are encouraged to liaise with the Lead Supervisor on the details above.

Funding Notes

Year 1: £15,009
Year 2: In line with RCUK rate
Year 3: In line with RCUK rate
In addition, the successful candidate will receive a contribution to tuition fees equivalent to the university’s Home/EU rate, currently £4,327, for the duration of their scholarship. International applicants will need to pay the remainder tuition fee, currently £10,173, for the duration of their scholarship. This fee is subject to an annual increase.

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