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Community Archiving as imagining the world ‘otherwise’? Spaces and practices of unofficial knowledge production in the UK


Project Description

As part of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (NWSSDTP), the Department of Geography and Planning at the University of Liverpool is pleased to offer this fully-funded PhD studentship on community archiving in the UK.

Working in partnership with Writing on the Wall (WoW), a writing and literary organisation based in Liverpool, the student will examine the role of community archives as spaces of inclusion in the 21st Century UK. Community archives are important repositories for ‘non-official’ records and information, and are often important for under-represented or minority communities who may often be ignored or misrepresented in official, state-based archives. Community archives can potentially act as spaces by which individuals and communities construct senses of belonging or alternative knowledges to contest unjust societal trends, but this is often challenging (e.g. the limited resources of many archives, and the demands that are placed upon their curators) and requires further exploration.

Working with Writing on the Wall, the student would engage with three of the archives that they currently manage – the George Garrett Archive Project, the Great War to Race Riots/Lives and Legacies of 1919 projects, and the Liverpool 8 Law Centre Archive Project – as well as any new archives which are developed during the course of the PhD. The student will explore the role of these archives for both the communities they represent and the individual volunteers and coordinators who manage and maintain the archives. There will also potentially be opportunities to interview and compare these archives with other community archives from across the UK.

Awards are available to UK/EU applicants only. EU applicants who have not been resident in the UK for the three years prior to the start of their studentship are eligible for a fees-only award from the ESRC.

Applicants will be expected to commence the programme of study on 1st October 2019.

Applicants will be expected to have (or be about to complete) a Masters degree in a relevant discipline at a minimum of a Merit level, and a first or upper second class at an undergraduate level.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Dr Andy Davies, the project lead supervisor, at .

Candidates for awards must have a relevant connection with the United Kingdom. A relevant connection may be established if, at the start of the course:
* The student has been ordinarily resident in the UK throughout the 3 -year period preceding the date of application for an award, and
* Has not been resident in the UK, during any part of that 3-year period wholly or mainly for the purposes of full- time education (EU students –see below) and
* Has settled status in the UK within the meaning of the Immigration Act 1971 (i.e. is not subject to any restriction on the period for which he/she may stay).

Candidates who meet all three of the above criteria may apply for a full award. A relevant connection may be established for an EU student if the student has been resident in the UK throughout the 3-year period preceding the start of the course, even if for purposes of full-time education. EU students in this situation may apply for a full award. EU Students who have not been ordinarily resident in the UK for the last three years may apply for a fees only award. Non-EU students who have not been ordinarily resident in the UK for the last three years are not eligible to apply. For more information on residential eligibility please see: http://www.esrc.ac.uk/files/skills-and-careers/studentships/postgraduate-funding-guide/

Awards are available to UK/EU applicants only. EU applicants who have not been resident in the UK for the three years prior to the start of their studentship are eligible for a fees-only award from the ESRC.
http://www.esrc.ac.uk/files/skills-and-careers/studentships/postgraduate-funding-guide/

To apply please register and complete the necessary documentation for an Environmental Sciences (desk-based) PhD via the following link: https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-research/how-to-apply/

Funding Notes

• Payment of academic fees, at the standard UKRI rate
• Maintenance Stipend for three years (£14,777 in 2018, exact rate for 2019 subject to confirmation from UKRI)
• Access to a Research Training Support Grant (RTSG) for reimbursement of research related expenses including - but not limited to - conference attendance, training courses and UK fieldwork.

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