Governments, international organisations and social alliances are increasingly adopting high-level ‘wellbeing’ frameworks to catalyse transitions toward sustainable development (Sachs 2012), collective wellbeing (Stiglitz 2019; Costanza et al. 2021) and other stretching social missions. Making these transitions requires not only developing new measures and metrics, but also using these to spur policy and behaviour change cross a broad range of stakeholders (French and Mollinger-Sabha 2021; French and Wallace 2022).
The devolved governments of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have each developed internationally recognised ‘Wellbeing Frameworks’, however implementation has been patchy (Wallace 2019; French and Wallace 2022; Finance and Public Administration Committee 2022). In response to developing concerns of an ‘implementation gap’ more broadly (e.g. Biermann et al. 2022), this PhD will deliver practical advice to policymakers on the barriers to purposeful use of wellbeing frameworks and how these might be overcome. Taking a public administration disciplinary perspective, the PhD will tackle the question, ‘what administrative and governance approaches best support the implementation of wellbeing approaches?’.
This PhD is a research partnership with the Carnegie UK Trust and Scottish Government colleagues (a leading practitioner through its National Performance Framework) offering the successful candidate the rare opportunity to link directly with practice. The candidate will join a growing research area at Northumbria University and enjoy close contact with UK and international policy partners.
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Eligibility and How to Apply:
Please note eligibility requirement:
- Academic excellence of the proposed student i.e. 2:1 (or equivalent GPA from non-UK universities [preference for 1st class honours]); or a Masters (preference for Merit or above); or APEL evidence of substantial practitioner achievement.
- Appropriate IELTS score, if required.
- Applicants cannot apply for this funding if currently engaged in Doctoral study at Northumbria or elsewhere or if they have previously been awarded a PhD.
For further details of how to apply, entry requirements and the application form, see
Please note: Applications that do not include a research proposal of approximately 1,000 words (not a copy of the advert), or that do not include the advert reference (e.g. RDF22/BL/LHRM/FRENCH) will not be considered.
Deadline for applications: 4th December 2022
Start Date: 1 March 2023
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Principal Supervisor – Max French