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Evaluating affirmative action policies and scrutinising these theoretically and empirically especially under specific contexts

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Tuesday, January 29, 2019
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Competition is ubiquitous in our life. Be it sports, promotional tournaments, application for university, legal battles, competition for market share etc., people engage in competition every day. In very many such competitions, the engaged people are not of same abilities. If the heterogeneity in abilities stem from historical discrimination (race, ethnicity etc.), then this results in serious social issues such as inequality, injustice etc. Even when the difference is not due to historical reasons (sports), this makes the competition unattractive. Competition designers, e.g. governments, hence, design Affirmative Action policies, such as quota, head start, handicap etc. to level the playing field. We aim to have a detailed scrutiny of such policies both theoretically and empirically especially under specific contexts, and provide prescriptions for improving such policies, if needed.

Funding Notes

Applicants should hold, or expect to receive, a First or high Upper Second Class UK Honours degree (or the equivalent qualification gained outside the UK) in a relevant subject. Applicants applying for a +3 award should hold, or expect to receive, a relevant Master’s level qualification.
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