This research project is a collaboration between academic researchers and the government department responsible for the oversight and effective delivery of projects–the Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA).
The research explores the effective delivery of major government projects and how it can be improved to deliver more cost-effective, higher-quality outcomes that improve the lives of UK citizens.
Projects are temporary, flexible organisational structures that are now the central way in which large-scale, complicated systems and change programmes are delivered. New transport, energy and water infrastructure systems are typically delivered in projects, as are most large-scale military systems like aircraft carriers. Similarly, when government plans a major policy change that aims to transform how government interacts with citizens it will use projects to implement that policy change. Unfortunately projects have a tendency to run over-budget, take longer than planned to finish and sometimes don’t delivery the outcomes that were promised.
In recent years, the UK has developed a world-class ability to deliver complex projects, with major successes like the London Olympics. This research project aims to better understand what drives improved project delivery and implement it more successfully to improve the overall performance of the UK in delivery.
Given the costs of projects going over-budget, the potential cost-savings for the UK are very significant, and could easily run into billions of pounds. To deliver on this potential, the research project will proactively engage with the UK policy and practitioner communities and provide them with targeted, high-quality research across two of the six project’s sub-themes: Theme C: Data Quality and Use as Performance Drivers, and Theme D: Assurance, Reporting and Governance.
These sub-projects require an interdisciplinary understanding of the complexities of decision-making under conditions of radical uncertainty and ambiguity. They will be researched with partners in industry, government, and the wider policy implementation community. We will exploit the ability of the researchers to access a large body of high-quality data that is being opened up to academics for the first time.
ARE YOU ELIGIBLE?
Applicants must meet the following entry requirements for this project:
1. Comply with the ESRC eligibility criteria (in particular, the UK/EU residency requirement): https://www.sgsss.ac.uk/studentships/eligibility/
2. Meet the PhD programme academic requirement. This normally requires a minimum qualification (or expected qualification if you are current Masters’ student) of above-average academic achievement, quantified as a 65% or above overall at the Masters level, with a distinction level dissertation (or UK equivalent).
3. Meet the PhD programme English requirement. Full details of the English requirements can be found at https://www.business-school.ed.ac.uk/phd/entry-requirements
. The most commonly approved certificate is an IELTS, for which the minimum accepted score is 7.0 overall with at least 6.0 in each section.
HOW TO APPLY
Applicants interested in applying for this opportunity should:
1. Register on GradHub and fill out EO data (this is a requirement of the application process): https://gradhub.sgsss.ac.uk
2. Complete and upload the prescribed list of required documentation to include: application form, academic transcripts, references, and academic CV
3. Submit application through GradHub
Applications will be ranked by a selection panel and applicants will be notified if they have been shortlisted for interview.
Interviews will be scheduled during the week commencing 9th December, 2019.
All scholarship awards are subject to candidates successfully securing admission to the PhD in Management programme. Successful scholarship applicants will be invited to apply for admission to the relevant PhD programme after they are selected for funding.